How did you wind up at i4?
I started with SCB Marketing as an intern right after I graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and worked closely with Cherise. When she took on i4 Business, I was excited for the opportunity to accept more responsibility, to continue working with Cherise, and to learn as much as I can.
What have you learned from your coworkers?
I think everyone on the team brings unique strengths. I really admire how Cherise can manage so much and remain level-headed, calm and compassionate. Elyssa gets things done quickly and does them really well, and always comes prepared with great ideas for how to make things better. Diane’s knowledge of the publishing field is invaluable, and she always has great ideas and leads on potential articles and how to execute them.
Where do you want to see yourself in five years?
I hope to be traveling and writing more, and to have become a little more confident and trusting in my own voice. I want to be able to use this platform as a way to amplify the voices of people who are working to make a positive impact, especially voices that might not otherwise be heard.
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
My graduation from UCF.
What’s one piece of advice you might offer to someone or have received that has changed your way of thinking?
“You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” – Amy Poehler from her book Yes Please.
What aspects of the business are you most excited about?
I love the chance to hear from so many different people doing really amazing things right here in Orlando, and to continue to learn.
Who would you describe as your role models and inspirations?
My mom is the hardest-working person I have ever met, so she has always been one of my biggest role models. My best friends are all incredibly kind, talented, self-assured women. Just being around them is inspiring.
What are some of your hobbies/interests?
I love watching movies. I take trips when I can. Even small road trips with friends just for a change of scenery can be necessary sometimes. I love the beach and try to go as often as possible.
•Music: Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, Etta James, Elton John, Billy Joel, Patsy Cline, Madonna, The Vaccines.
•Movie: If I had to choose, Roman Holiday or Sleepless in Seattle.
•Book(s): To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf; All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey; A Mercy by Toni Morrison.
•Quote: “Listening is loving” from the film Hector and the Search for Happiness.