October 2014 Member Spotlight

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Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column that lets members highlight their careers and businesses. This month, we feature twelve accomplished women, so be sure to check out each of their profiles. VIP, Elite and Preferred Members: To be featured in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, contact us at featuredwomen@napw.com.

 

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Cynthia Van Henkelum

Company: B2B Web Solutions Corp.
Industry:
Consulting Services
Title: Office/Sales Support Manager
Location: Palos Heights, IL


NAPW
: How do you reduce stress while experiencing continuous pressure?

Henkelum: I focus on one task at a time to get through whatever project I am working on. Although I’m great at multitasking, I have found that when I’m under pressure, it is not necessarily the way to go because something may be missed.

 

NAPW: Which online career tools or apps do you use most?

Henkelum: I don’t have any specific online career tools that I use on a regular basis, but I do receive a lot of email newsletters from various business coaches. Through these newsletters, I click through to a lot of different websites that offer great business news and information as well as training opportunities.

 

NAPW: What are your biggest strengths/talents in your position?

Henkelum: I am very detail oriented. This allows me to multitask as needed and keep track of everything I do, both professionally and personally. This also allows me to get all the projects I’m involved in completed in a timely manner.

 

NAPW: What are some of your weaknesses? How do you plan to improve them?

Henkelum: My biggest weakness is not knowing when to say NO, which tends to keep my plate very full. Thankfully, my schedule is somewhat flexible so it is fairly easy to manage that full plate.

 

NAPW: How do you maintain the networking relationships you’ve established?

Henkelum: Staying in contact with people is the only way to maintain any relationship. It may only be a quick email every now and then, but it works.

 

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Veronica-Greene

Veronica Greene

Company: TruImage Dental
Industry: Healthcare Dentistry
Title: Managing Partner
Location: New York, NY


NAPW
: Do you think men are threatened by strong women?

Greene: I think men are threatened by women who are stronger than they are.

 

NAPW: What does being a strong woman mean to you?

Greene: Having convictions and following them regardless of adversities.

 

NAPW: How big of a factor has your personality played in your success?

Greene: Huge. I think, especially in NYC, one needs to be outgoing, proactive and have a positive attitude.

 

NAPW: Do you consider yourself a people-person? How has this impacted your business?

Greene: I am definitely a people-person. I like to share ideas, collaborate and build long-term business relationships, which has helped my business tremendously.

 

NAPW: Where do you envision your company in five years?

Greene: In five years, I hope to have a much more successful practice than today. Plus, I hope to launch a few more projects next year. I hope they will be successful as well.

 

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Melissa H. Takacs

Company: Source Interlink Companies
Industry:
Business Management/
Operations/Logistics
Title: VP, Business Services
Location:
Bonita Springs, FL


NAPW
: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Takacs: Be diligent in keeping up with trends in your field of expertise. Continuously network and keep your resumé current.

 

NAPW: Describe yourself in three words.

Takacs: Leader, mentor and fun.

 

NAPW: Who is your role model and inspiration?

Takacs: Bill Lee, my mentor from the beginning of my career at Source Interlink. He always provided guidance and assistance and always taught me to strive to be the best at what we do and look for creative solutions to challenges.

 

NAPW: What is your profession? Why did you choose it?

Takacs: IT management. I chose the IT field based on my experiences in high school. Troubleshooting and finding creative ways to solve business problems helped secure my decision through college classes. Once I entered the business world, I knew right away that this was my calling.

 

NAPW: What or who led you to your career path?

Takacs: As noted above, my experiences through high school and college helped me define my career path. Working with Bill Lee helped mold me into the professional I am today.

 

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Lori D. Faris

Company: Greater Atlanta Christian School
Industry:
Information Technology
Title: Database Administrator and
Test Support Coordinator
Location: Lawrenceville, GA

 

NAPW: What makes this company a good fit for you?

Faris: My passion is database administration. I love working with students with learning disabilities to help them test in a safe environment where they are allowed extra time, a reader and a quiet place.

 

NAPW: What do you find most challenging about your job?

Faris: Making sure I have all tests for my students, and that I keep up with their schedule changes and test support choices in my database.

 

NAPW: What do you find most rewarding about your job?

Faris: The good feeling I get from helping my learning-disabled students and using technology to help the entire academic support department.

 

NAPW: What is your proudest accomplishment?

Faris: My proudest accomplishment was redesigning how test support worked when I was given the job to make it more efficient and streamlined.

 

NAPW: How do you find balance in your life?

Faris: I try to rest on the weekends besides working on creative projects. I also help LPHS patients with medical research and share my daughter’s experience with them.

 

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Leah J. Duckworth

Company: Paws ‘n Hand
Industry:
Pet Sitters
Title:
CEO/Owner
Location: Oakland, CA

 

NAPW: What techniques do you use to handle difficult employees?

Duckworth: Listening is by far the most important aspect when establishing a dialogue to assess what difficulty is affiliated with an employee. I compliment them on the good they bring to their work and discuss the issue. We create a resolution and a way to initiate that together. Make certain when ending this meeting that all grievances have been aired and that the difficult employee understands that he or she is valued. Follow-ups scheduled from two-week to one-month increments are paramount to monitor resolution.

 

NAPW: What do you feel is your most important business skill?

Duckworth: Entrepreneurship and customer service. It’s the ability to offer peace of mind to pet parents with individualized care catered to their specific needs. It’s also making certain to give clients “that little something extra” that makes me stand out and apart from others, e.g., creative “leave-behind” gifts.

 

NAPW: It’s been said that it’s not what you know, but who you know. Do you believe this is true? Does it relate to you?

Duckworth: It is a combination of what you know as well as who you know. What I know about pet care and educating pet parents is what they may pass along to others. I have built up Paws ‘n Hand and found that the lessons I have learned from my clients and their pets along the way has been as eye opening and informative as anything I have learned through education, seminars, webinars and the like.

 

NAPW:What do you think every entrepreneur should know about business?

Duckworth: Your business becomes your child, so be prepared to live, eat and breathe your business. Continually try new ways of doing things so you can manage time, create a thriving business and have personal time. You’ll make mistakes along the way. Have a good sense of humor about it and learn from your mistakes. You should know your target group(s) that you wish to reach through your business and comfortably market yourself about your expertise and / or goods.

 

NAPW: How important is having a sense of humor to your daily business life?

Duckworth: Essential. My father had his own business and he had a great sense of humor to get him through the ins and outs of daily situations. He was a tremendous role model, so I think about what Dad might have done in a given situation. A good dose of patience and trusting your instincts when it comes to snap decision making are as important as a sense of humor. Pet sitting brings me such joy. It is easy to have a sense of humor when you love what you do.

 

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Cynthia L. Bengtson

Company: Combined Worksite Solutions
Industry:
Employee Benefits, Insurance,
Voluntary Benefits
Title: Account Executive
Location: La Canada, CA

 

NAPW: What is the best career advice you ever received?

Bengtson: Only do what you believe in and never comprise your integrity.

 

NAPW: What advice can you offer a growing business?

BengtsonNo matter how brilliant and creative you think you are, you can’t grow a business without help and a team. Eventually, you will need the right employees who will be the key to your success. Treat them with respect from the beginning and motivate them to excel at their jobs through financial incentives, your enthusiasm and your passion.

 

NAPW: How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Bengtson: Read articles from various sources; let yourself dream and analyze later. Kick around ideas with colleagues or friends to improve your original plans.

 

NAPW: What do you like to do on your free time?

Bengtson: I am a “sandwich generation” mom so I don’t have a lot of free time — yet. I care for three elder relatives plus two daughters, one of who was critically ill for five months from 2013-2014 and is still recovering, and I have embarked on a second career. When I do have free moments, I am involved with numerous charities, but nothing is better than simply spending time doing anything with my family.

 

NAPW: How do you get more clients/customers for your business?

Bengtson: My clients must trust that I am not “selling” a benefit plan but offering something of value to them and their employees. Business leaders are understandably suspicious of vendors and consultants, so I try to build my business through referrals, by writing factual blogs and by sharing topical articles to establish my credibility.

 

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Susan-Soares

Susan Soares

Company: Alex & Ani World Headquarters
Industry:
Retail
Title: Vice President of Retail Operations
Location: Cranston, RI

 

NAPW: What would you tell young women about the obstacles they will face in your industry?

Soares: Retail is seen as a glamorous industry and it can be if your expectations of the role you choose are realistic. In order to stand out in an industry where stores open and close inside of a year, you need to be sure you are in this industry for all the right reasons. Only you know the answer. Everything is based on how to reach, attract, attain and retain the customer in a way that is convenient for them. Many of us create our own obstacles out of fear of failure or lack of interest in the job, which leads to avoidance. As in any industry, put your finger on your passion and then press the button. There will be few obstacles if you start there!

 

NAPW: What is the biggest career obstacle you have ever faced? How did you overcome it?

Soares: This is a personal answer, but I created the obstacle of comparing myself to others and letting what I observed be the reality. There is a saying that perception is reality, but as I moved into higher level positions, I stopped comparing myself to others and the skill that I thought they did or did not have and just concentrated on my strengths, my achievements and my goals. I consistently asked for feedback so that others’ perceptions of me was reality.

 

NAPW: It’s been said that perseverance and hard work bring success. Do you believe this? Why?

Soares: Perseverance and hard work do bring success, but while working hard, you must work smart. Use your resources, whether they are the tools you are given or the people around you, and surround yourself with people you can learn from and others that you can help learn. The definition of success is different for every individual. If you have dedicated yourself to a position, task or role you are given, you may not realize the lessons you’ve learned or the depth of the experience until much later. Having perseverance guarantees that you will gain knowledge and further your career while experiencing many successes along the way.

 

NAPW: How have you overcome budget constraints while promoting your business?

Soares: Every business experiences budget constraints at some point in their growth and even at the start. Knowing what you want to accomplish during that time helps you direct your expenses appropriately. Is it product, a website, retail store or advertising? Look for local and national resources that will help guide you to the best partners for your business. Many of these partners can be found by attending networking events that are available in every area. For smaller businesses, there could be a trade of service that would essentially be free or a minimal cost to fill a need that both businesses have. Alex and Ani’s focus is the customer experience, so investing in associate and management training has always been the most important and consistent investment for us. At first, the training was done by me with the reinforcement at the store level until we were at a place to develop true programs and systems at a higher level.

 

NAPW: What is the best business advice you ever gave to another woman?

Soares: Know what your strengths are so you can maximize them to be great instead of good. This gives you confidence to respectfully ask for additional responsibilities and opportunities that will challenge you and move your career forward. Don’t be afraid to ask for help — people love to teach what they know.

 

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Karuna Kothapalli

Company: IBM
Industry:
Information Technology
Title:
Program Manager
Location: New Albany, OH

 

NAPW: Tell us about your most successful social media campaign.

Kothapalli:  For me, LinkedIn is the most successful social media site that I have perused. It is a great way for me to put my profile and qualifications out in the open without being critically judged by outsiders. I feel that it is a great way for professionals to connect and interact with people in the same field. For example, one of the best ways my LinkedIn has helped me is by connecting me with Frances Tessler. She is a certified PMI trainer and Senior Faculty Advisor for PMPs. Her updates on the latest PM training programs really aid me in maintaining my professional certifications in good standing. Just like her, there are many other professors and scholars who are readily available and can endorse my future career.

NAPW: Where do you find inspiration?

Kothapalli: I find inspiration from thought leaders and many books that I read quite often. Apart from that, I take inspiration from my direct reports, interns, peers and numerous other people whom I meet on a daily basis.

 

NAPW: What motivates you to succeed?

Kothapalli: My strong will and ambition to become successful is why I am who I am today. I struggled very much when I moved from India to the US in 1999. I was very eager to find a good job and turn over a new leaf in my life. When I came to this country, I had nothing going for me and I had to work my way up. I had started with low-key leadership jobs and eventually grew to a higher calling. Now, I am a top Program Manager at IBM, one of the largest global Fortune 100 companies. My past struggles and repercussions have taught me a valuable lesson and motivated me to become a great business professional.

 

NAPW: Do you equate career success with financial success? How do you separate the two?

Kothapalli: In my opinion, career success is equivalent to financial success to some degree. Yes, when you succeed in your career you do get a pay increase and so you have more financial stability, however, I define career success as a continuous learning journey where you are driven to contribute and give back to the community and yourself. On the other hand, financial success is just doing a job in order to get more money and benefits. These two converge at some point, but I draw the line when financial success is more than career success.

 

NAPW: How do you manage stress?

Kothapalli: Stress is inevitable and comes to me on a daily basis. The main thing that helps me is talking out the high and low points of the day to my daughter. She is my biggest critic and helps me remember that I cannot solve everything. Other things, such as watching movies and documentaries, reading books and mental workouts, are my stress busters. Although I lead a busy life, just coming home and sitting on the couch with my family allows me to relax and zone out from work.

 

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Solange E. Ritchie

Company: The Law Offices of Steven R. Young
Industry:
Legal Services
Title:
Attorney/Partner
Location: Costa Mesa, CA

 

NAPW: Tell us about your most successful social media campaign.

Ritchie: I am presently hosting two websites. One features information on my upcoming psychological thriller called The Burning Man, which will be published by Morgan James Publishing later this year. Set in upscale Orange County, CA, the novel depicts a demented serial killer with an unusual MO against FBI Forensic Pathologist Catherine (“Cat”) Powers. Will she be able to save herself and her family from his twisted designs to draw her into his web of death? This is my third novel and the first to be published. The other website is about my legal work, charitable work, cases that I am most proud of as an attorney and legal articles and presentations. I hope to be able to continue to manage a thriving career as a Civil Justice Attorney with a career as a novelist. I have another novel completed featuring Dr. Powers called Backburn, which should get picked up for publication. I am also working on a third in the series called Sex Slayer.

 

NAPW: Where do you find inspiration?

Ritchie: I find inspiration in communicating with people and learning what makes them tick. Writing, after all, is somewhat of a solitary task, but we cannot be good writers unless we interact with people. It is from people around us that we draw interesting characters. I keep a red leather-bound notebook with me most of the time to capture story ideas, plot twists and plot reversals. I make notes in it on different interesting people whom I might see in public places. Inspiration is all around us – we only need to open our eyes to find it.

 

NAPW: What motivates you to succeed?

Ritchie: I love helping people. I enjoy mentoring young students and lawyers. I draw positive energy from that. Success is not about money, it is about how many lives you can touch and inspire at the end of the day. I am blessed to have a successful legal career, so I feel I have an obligation to give back to society.

 

NAPW: Do you equate career success with financial success? How do you separate the two?

Ritchie: Yes and no. Obviously, if you are doing what you have a passion for, then your work is not really work. If you love your work, then the financial success will follow. I think people intuitively want to be around high-energy, high-passion people, so the success flows from that. I make an effort not to surround myself with high drama or negative people, but to find the good in folks (even though I write about the worst-of-the-worst criminals and serial killers).

 

NAPW: How do you manage stress?

Ritchie: I do yoga and Pilates two to three times a week and I laugh a lot. I am fortunate to be married to a man (and my law partner) who makes me laugh on a daily basis. I like to garden and spend time with my dogs who are instant stress busters. How can you stay upset when surrounded by unconditional love? I work in an office and court room environment, so any time that I can be outside is a stress buster. Cooking is also a super stress buster, and makes me think of my great family. And, of course, retail therapy is always a good thing!

 

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Jamie Garavaglia

Company: ERTutors.com
Industry:
Education
Title:
Co-Owner
Location: Farmington Hills, MI


NAPW
: How do you network?

Garavaglia: I currently network through personal social circles, social media and day-to-day interactions. I believe that every person I interact with throughout the day could possibly benefit from the services that ERTutors.com has to offer or knows of someone that could benefit, so I never pass on an opportunity to discuss the business and our mission.

 

NAPW: When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?

Garavaglia: I focus on my goal of creating a thriving business that provides help for the whole student. If I feel that my goal is too big to wrap my head around, I narrow my goals to smaller, immediate and attainable steps to focus myself. I believe that if I consistently center my attention on my goals rather than on my problems, I will persevere. I firmly believe in the power of positive thinking and manifesting with intention, which is a great comfort in hard times.

 

NAPW: What three business roles have contributed most to your success?

Garavaglia: Working in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors has allowed me to view business from two very different perspectives and has opened my eyes to different business practices and models.  Working in these two different types of organizations has shown me that you can have a successful business and be altruistic at the same time. I have also worked for many years in the education sales industry, and the experience I obtained through interactions with customers taught me the value of listening to their needs and how to create positive relationships. These lessons translate well into the philosophy that I apply to ERTutors.com customer service. You keep satisfied customers by truly being able to listen, help and make a connection.

 

NAPW: What else would you like to get from your NAPW membership?

Garavaglia: I would like NAPW to help provide me with a network of like-minded entrepreneurs that I can share my business vision with and who can share their exciting business ideas with me. In addition, I think that having open discussions about successes, struggles and lessons learned with other women entrepreneurs would be very beneficial.

 

NAPW: Describe your company brand. Which platforms do you use to showcase it?

Garavaglia: ERTutors.com is an online marketplace, connecting students to both academic tutors and student support specialists throughout the country. It is the only website providing help for the whole student focusing on the academic, social and emotional growth of students so that they can access a full circle of support. ERTutors.com brands itself in the content we provide on our website, in the emails we send to our customers, on many social media outlets, in all of our marketing strategies and in our face-to-face interactions.

 

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Sherri Mullery

Company: Bloomington Convention and
Visitors Bureau
Industry:
Travel/Tourism
Title: Vice President of Business and
Foundation Partnerships
Location:
Bloomington, MN


NAPW
: When using social networking, how do you stay true to your brand?

Mullery: It is important to distinguish which type of social media is for your personal life and which type is for your business life. Business posts to Twitter and LinkedIn should be concise and include a link to redirect to an article or marketing promotion that you want to share with the business community.

 

NAPW: Has your career choice positively influenced other areas of your life?

Mullery: Yes. I have been able to serve on several travel industry related boards and to lead projects with Explore Minnesota Tourism, the MSP Airport Arts and Culture Program and heritage art exhibitions that relate to our Minnesota heritage and help to increase visitors to our area.

 

NAPW: What advice would you give someone who is changing career paths?

Mullery: I changed my career path 19 years ago, and I wrote down all the skills I thought would be “transferrable” to a new career. I would suggest that if you need technology training, speaking communication skills or leadership skills, you seek classes or a professional career counselor to assist you in achieving your goal.

 

NAPW: How do you handle your workload during a personal crisis?

Mullery: We all have personal crises from time to time. You have to prioritize what is most important to take care of in one day. What are your top three agenda items? What can be delegated to others? It is also important to send a brief communication that you have a personal issue to take care of and that you will respond when you are able. Also, be sure your supervisor is aware of the situation as they can assist with delegating responsibilities.

 

NAPW: Tell us about a time when a heavy workload has affected your personal relationships and/or physical and mental health?

Mullery: We all want to be everywhere we can be, but sometimes it’s just not possible and you have to attend an event or travel for work and you miss a birthday party, anniversary or special event. I always make a personal phone call, email a note in advance or send a gift card and explain that I am traveling on business. I also make an effort to schedule another date with a family member or close friend.

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Gillian M. Godjas

Company: Daisy Chain Gifts, LLC
Industry:
Retail
Title: Owner
Location:
Culpepper, VA


NAPW
: Do you think men are threatened by strong women?

Godjas: I think some men are, yes. But I also think attitudes are changing, albeit slowly, towards women in the workplace. We are certainly a long way from complete equality, but I don’t believe strong, business-minded women are “demonized” like they used to be. They are seen as assertive instead of aggressive just like their male counterparts.

 

NAPW: What does being a strong woman mean to you?

Godjas: To me, being a strong woman means having faith in your abilities and the courage of your convictions. If you believe in something, go for it and don’t let others talk you out of it. At least try. Maybe it will fail, and maybe those people are right, but don’t regret not following your instincts.

 

NAPW: How big of a factor has your personality played in your success?

Godjas: My family tells me I am stubborn, and I think that is a big part of my determination to make my business work, especially in the early days when nothing seemed to be happening and the customers weren’t beating a path to my door and it was hard to maintain focus and not get despondent. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had those, “am I doing the right thing; should I just pack in now” thoughts in the middle of night, but then you get up the next morning and just keep going. Don’t let it beat you. If I think something is right and I believe in it, I will stick with it until it works or until I’ve exhausted every avenue trying.

 

NAPW: Do you consider yourself a people-person? How has this impacted your business?

Godjas: Yes, I think so. I have worked in many different customer-facing roles from waitress to receptionist to human resources. Each role had many varied complexities with its own unique set of difficulties and issues involved in dealing with people. Now, I run a store with my husband making and selling gifts, bath products, soap and more. I would say I am probably the worst salesperson you could meet. I can’t sell water to a thirsty man, but I can chat, and that’s the key for me. If I can chat to the people as they come in and tell them about the products and how they were made, more often, they will leave with a little bag of goodies and a smile.

 

NAPW: Where do you envision your company in five years?

Godjas: We are a small store in a small town so the opportunities for expansion and development simply don’t exist like they would in a larger town. For us, the plan is to open a second larger store in the next five years that will give us that wider presence. The difficulty will be finding that perfect storefront — our shop is our personality, and that’s what we want to convey to our customers. We aren’t just another faceless “store-by-numbers” giant, we want to be an integral part of the community.

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Julie-Anna-Alvarez

Julie Anna Alvarez

Company: Happy Chi Solutions
Industry:
Consulting
Title: Feng Shui Consultant
Location:
New York, NY


NAPW
: In business, are there ever times when you feel your confidence waning? How do you handle it?

Alvarez: Like many businesswomen, I sometimes feel that self-doubt or a setback may shake my confidence, but I handle it by taking time for quiet and reflection. A strong sense of faith and connection to God is my foundation for all I do and am. That re-centering process allows me to gain perspective and put my analytical and creative skills into play to work on the situation facing me. It also helps to talk with someone who knows my career trajectory and who can remind me that I am capable and equipped to face whatever is confronting me because I have succeeded in the past.

 

NAPW: What qualities make a good leader?

Alvarez: In my view, a leader must 1) have integrity, 2) truly care about those they are leading and 3) have the ability to inspire others to action because every person on the team believes in the mission and knows that each individual, and that individual’s work, are valued — a true leader shows appreciation.

 

NAPW: What is the most courageous action or unpopular stand you have ever taken?

Alvarez: On my journey so far, it is a tie between deciding to leave law practice to pursue non-attorney career opportunities (some of my family and friends thought I was crazy!). Then some years later, quitting my then law school administration position to launch my Feng Shui consulting practice. Again, trading in a steady paycheck for the uncertainty of being self-employed, especially in a field that few understood at the time (Feng… what?), was a big risk that, again, many thought was crazy.

 

NAPW: Describe the most significant piece of writing which you have had to complete.

Alvarez: Wow! In terms of research and academic complexity, either my honors thesis to gain my degree in History and Literature in college (the thesis on the topic of London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 received a magna rating!), or my 3L paper in law school on what, at the time, were the unsettled issues in Copyright Law and the “colorization” of movies might qualify. I have also written many shorter articles that have been very well received on Feng Shui topics as well as articles in the career services arena that have been published nationally in the NALP Bulletin and received positive feedback from people who found them inspiring or instructive — I love to write! But, in terms of actual “significance,” I would have to say it was the last greeting card I wrote to my mother. I arrived home in the fall of my 2L year in law school for Thanksgiving break and job interviews, only to discover she was hospitalized and not expected to make it after nine months of surgeries and treatments for ovarian cancer. I told her how much I loved and appreciated her and how she inspired me. She was able to read it before she slipped into a coma the next day. She died a couple of days later on Thanksgiving Day. I had no regrets that I had left anything unsaid.

 

NAPW: Describe the most creative work-related project you have contributed to.

Alvarez: Developing a year-long series of workshops, which I presented in 2013, called “Live a Feng Shui Life,” was an awesome opportunity to exercise my creative muscles in a new way. From conceiving what topics to cover each month that would add up to someone transforming their lives through the implementation of Feng Shui and related principles over the course of a year (but still prove useful if someone attended for only one workshop), to combining my lecture presentations with interactive exercises and leading group discussions and meditations, all the while collaborating with my hosts at the Namaste Bookshop and Healing Center in Greenwich Village, was something I had never done before. I am so glad I did it and the positive feedback from each session inspired me to keep going and growing from month to month. Now I hope to offer a similar workshop series in the near future!

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