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Internship to Entrepreneurship

" Surround yourself with people who, without hesitation or delay, support your growth, encourage your dreams, and root for your success." - Jenna Reese

My passion has always been solving problems and asking a lot of questions. For example, when I was 11, I remember taking the family computer apart because I wanted to understand the components that made it work. Obviously, my parents were not all too happy because I didn't yet know how to put it all back together. (I did finally figure it out, but it took a few days to get it working again...)

I took a typing class in middle school and quickly became a speedy typist, thanks to "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing." This need for speed translated to winning the Fastest Typist in the Nation competition in high school and a possible stint on a Japanese game show.

After graduating high school, I went to Christopher Newport University. After my first year, I applied for an internship at the Anheuser-Busch brewery down the street from my school, working in their IT department. I interned there in Williamsburg from my Sophomore to Senior year, my most significant project being the Y2K hardware upgrade. I still remember walking through the brewery and into the Hop room to replace one of the more than 400 computers throughout the building, my fingers freezing cold due to the temperatures in the refrigerated space.

After college, I worked in my mom's art and framing business, which she started many years before when I was a young child. The experience of watching my mom grow her business to five stores by the time I reached college was the catalyst for me having the dream of starting my own business one day.

Due to the recession in 2006, my mom had to close her retail locations. I left the family business and went out into the world to use my degree in information science. I worked at a few more companies doing everything from IT Project Management to Agile transformations for large enterprise organizations. I finally made the leap to start my own consulting firm in 2009.

Watching my mom grow her business and still make time for dinner, attend my basketball games, and even sew the homecoming dress I saw in a magazine is why I am passionate about helping women leaders today.

Women leaders have a unique set of challenges. My vision is for Connect Centric to be the consulting company women leaders trust to solve their strategy and technology-related goals at work, giving them more time to spend on the important stuff at home.

I am so grateful to be able to take these early memories I shared that shaped the skills I now bring to growing Connect Centric and use them for my clients.

Since starting Connect Centric in 2009 as a single consultant, my company has grown and is supported by a great team of experts that extends the curiosities and natural inclinations that formed in my childhood.

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