Photography by Sergio Olivas

What inspired you to pursue a career in business and how has your journey unfolded since then?

I got into business because I wanted control over my time, even though it meant working more than I earned at first. However, as I set up better systems, I gained more freedom. My journey has been about owning my time and choosing who to spend it with, number one being my family.

Can you share a pivotal moment or experience in your career that significantly influenced your leadership style or approach to business?

After completing two major projects, I pushed my team too hard, causing all staff to quit suddenly. I shifted focus, providing more support, but some began slacking off and producing mediocre work. Now, I understand that clear expectations, a tough stance, and a supportive work culture are essential to lead a successful business.

How do you foster innovation and creativity within your business?

My management style relies on clear expectations; I trust my staff to know their tasks and encourage creativity. While I specify expectations, I give them freedom in approach. I always review their work afterward. This approach fosters innovation through trust but verify.

Why is being a leader and a woman in business important to you?

I aim to motivate women to pursue their dreams and accomplish their goals, showing them that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Additionally, I strive to make my daughter proud of my efforts and achievements.

How do you prioritize personal and professional development for you and your team members?

I prioritize this by quarterly setting aside time for learning and growth activities. This includes attending workshops, seminars, and online courses relevant to our roles. Additionally, I offer mentorship opportunities, and provide constructive feedback to support their advancement. Creating a culture that values continuous learning and development is essential for personal and professional growth.