Q: How has your
involvement with NABA played a role in your professional life?
A: Beginning in
college, NABA helped mold and develop me as a professional, a leader, a public
speaker and team player. I've had opportunities to lead teams locally and
nationally, plan events for hundreds and thousands of students and
professionals, engage with leaders and executives from companies of all sizes
and lead strategic planning and initiatives. These skills and experiences have
transferred to my professional career and have given me confidence and the
professional technical skills needed to succeed. NABA's mission is to ensure a
seat at the table for Black professionals and I have definitely been a
recipient of that in various aspects. Most recently I have been challenged by
leaders within the organization to finish my CPA license, which will indeed
propel the next phase of my professional career.
Q: In addition to
NABA, you're involved with the Exchange at Indianapolis Urban League. What role
do you play with that organization?
A: The Exchange is
the young professional arm of the Indianapolis Urban League, an organization
that assists African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals
achieve social and economic equality. I joined the Exchange in 2016 as a part
of the Leadership Fellowship program -- its purpose is to develop young
professionals and propel them into community involvement and leadership. I am
currently focusing on voter initiatives including education, registration and
potentially hosting polling locations for the 2020 election. My involvement
with the Exchange is an extension of my work with NABA and my church and
includes volunteering and promoting activity in each of the five pillars.
Q: What would
people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I am the first
lady of a church. My husband is the pastor of New Liberty Missionary Baptist
Church in Indianapolis and we dedicate a significant amount of time not only to
ministry inside the church but also connecting the Bible to the community
through various initiatives.
Q: What do you
enjoy doing outside of Crowe?
A: I still have
some competitive juices from being an athlete in high school and college. I
played basketball, volleyball and track at Warren Central High School in
Indianapolis and was awarded a scholarship to throw shot put and hammer as part
of the University of Louisville Track team. So, I work out a lot. Last year I
completed four Spartan Races and now am training to do some local CrossFit