Mid-Manager’s Institute: 5 Years Later

Five years ago I completed the 2014 NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Manager’s Institute at Texas Christian University. The Mid-Manager’s Institute (MMI) is a focused and unique professional development experience that offers an opportunity for mid-level professionals to enhance and develop the skills, relationships, and dispositions that distinguish them in the profession and enables them to make more…

Follow Up: What Were You Thinking

Last month I shared that I would be calibrating my decision making process and embracing a personal experience grounded in the “power of pause” in my What Were You Thinking post. As you can imagine I didn’t get it completely right, but I’m excited to share that I’m closing out the month of May feeling…

What Were You Thinking?

Have you ever wondered how or why you let yourself get into the position you’re in? For the last several weeks I’ve been battling a “yes” mentality. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help other people and I also take a lot of pride in my various roles in life, but recently I’ve found…

Passion to Purpose: February 2019

Recently I had the honor of being a speaker during a Black history program at the church I grew up in. The funny thing about going to a place where people have known you for most of your life is that you have this strange sense of living in the past, present, and future. It…

Educator of the Year

Last week I was awarded the Educator of the Year Award during the National Black Girl Excellence Awards presented by The Lifted Lifestyle. Their website states that “the Black Girl Excellence Awards is a national event that celebrates the important role that African-American Women play in every industry of our society and the invaluable impact…

The Greatest Gift

Birthday’s have a funny way of reminding you of where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where you hope to go. While I’ve never been a person to take life for granted, this last year has reinforced my gratitude for the opportunity to live and be surrounded by those I love. By now you’ve probably…

Tidying Up Your Personal Life

How you watched Netflix’s latest viral hit, Tidying Up? I’ll admit I’ve watched a few episodes and have admired another great example of someone packaging and redistributing things that we already know. Although that may sound like a snarky thing to say, I’m sure you’ve read or participated in some type of personal or professional…

Strategies to Fill Your Courage Tank

Have courage they say. Courage to stand alone, courage to speak up, courage to take chances, yet they never say how to have courage. Like fear, you know courage when you see it, but more often than not, you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. You don’t see the rituals each person has put…

Which bucket will you choose?

Tomorrow morning will mark the start of the 2015-2016 school year for both learners and educators across the nation. For me this time of year marks the beginning of my annual professional and personal goals. People often say that you should keep your personal and professional life separate, but I’ve always struggled with that concept…