I joined the Leadership Academy at a most difficult time in my life. I was going through a divorce and had just lost my job. I felt as though I was in the midst of a storm in the middle of the ocean and every time I came to the surface for air I was pulled under the waves. From the moment I heard about what the program entailed I felt a desperate need to be a part. I saw it as a lifeline. I completed the first level and decided to complete the three-year cycle. By the end of my third year I had found the strength to become a mentor and went on to train to become a 4RWI Facilitator.
What I loved about LEAD is that I met real women who had gone through or who were still going through struggles but they were survivors, victors and champions. They were not limited or confined by circumstances, migration status, race or religion. They only saw what we all had in common, the fact that we are women. I am grateful for the people I have met and the opportunities given to me to be a part of something so much bigger than myself but yet allowed me to understand and appreciate the power of one. The power of one to influence others and affect change one life at a time. Since my first year at the Leadership Academy I got the courage and finished a double masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education ( and graduated Summa Cum Laude). Currently, I am a site Director for a Universal Pre-kindergarten program in Brooklyn, an education consultant for a pilot program that focuses on providing high quality after school services for inner city children in NYC.
How I give back: I am very active in my community of faith where a lead various initiatives for young women. Besides being a member of the team of empowerment facilitators for 4 Real Women International Inc, I am also the a site coordinator for the Leadership Academy Brooklyn Campus.