What woman inspires you and why?
I can’t name just one; so many women have been instrumental in shaping the person I am today. I’m most inspired by women who share the lessons they’ve learned in life. If I started with the first woman to inspire me, it would be my mother—and would end with Oprah. My mom raised my sisters and me while working full-time. She’s responsible for my strong, independent nature. I admire Oprah’s inner strength, intelligence, empathy, generosity, curiosity and fortitude. But I also believe having a sense of humor and humility are important qualities in helping us push through life’s more challenging times. In that vein, Carol Burnett—the first woman to host a variety show on television—is someone I’ve looked up to since childhood. These are only three of many women who have inspired me on my path from a small farm in Ohio, to small business owner in the Washington metropolitan area.
What advice would you offer to women who are just starting out?
No one goes through life without making mistakes, or experiencing failure or hardship. It’s not what happens to you, but what you do about it. Don’t let setbacks paralyze you. The most successful people learn from—and are stimulated by—their mistakes. They learn from their failures and move forward, continuing to reach for their goals without turning back.
What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
Helping people. No one chooses to get into a car accident and suffer an injury or loss of property. But when they do, I’m able to guide them through some of the hardest times in their lives as seamlessly as possible.
“The most successful people learn from—and are stimulated by—their mistakes.”