Being awarded the title of Top 40 under 40 by Denver Business Journal has been one of the highest accomplishments that I have been given! As part of the winning process, I have had to do several panel interviews and one of the first questions I was asked was, “What is your why.” My response was, “To be a role model for my daughters and show them what strong powerful women can do." "At the end of my journey, I would consider myself successful if I am able to raise strong independent women and for my daughters to know they can do/be anything they want to be.”
All of my life I have been focused on my career. When I was younger, my long-term goal was to be a CEO of a hospital. Once I graduated college, I knew that in order to be the boss I wanted to be, I had to obtain my master’s degree. So, at the age of 27, I graduated with my MBA in Healthcare Management. In my career between my 20s and 30s, I have always worked more than 40 hours a week until having children. Once I had my first daughter I knew I could not go back full-time. So, I decided to slow down my career and take time being a mother. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. While I was so happy to be with my daughter all day, I started to feel that I was losing part of myself as a woman. Finding time for yourself as a mom is difficult, especially in those early years. I was struggling with making time for myself, so decided that I needed to find a gym that had childcare. I was looking for something new to lose myself in, and boy, did REB3L rock my world. I remember the first class I took. I felt so silly not knowing what I was doing, but I knew that the class sparked something in me that I had been searching for. I was truly hooked after my first class, and that was just the start! The community that I found with REB3L has helped me to become a better mom, dancer, instructor and leader that I am today.
I know the value and importance in making time for yourself, and that is what REB3L does for me. During my full-time job, I am a Vice President for HCA Healthcare in Denver, CO. With the title comes a large amount of stress and responsibility. My outlet is being a part-time REB3L Groove instructor at VASA in Littleton on Saturday mornings. This is the one time in my week I don’t have to think about managing employees, balancing budgets, contract negotiation, etc. and I am allowed to let loose and lead my class for an hour of high energy dancing. I leave my Saturday workout feeling energized and empowered to take on another week of being a leader, mom, wife and the boss bitch that I am!
Women need other women in their lives who think they are a big deal. No competition, no jealousy, no hate, just support. I feel that our community is this for me and am so grateful I have my group of strong women cheering me on. The friendships that I have made in REB3L are life-long and feel so grateful to be able to give REB3L some of the much-deserved recognition in my award ceremony. Thank you to all of those that support me in our community and I can’t wait to support you all in your achievements!