What do you do?
My role is Senior Professional Employer Consultant at TriNet HR Outsourcing Company. I specialize in Group Benefits for Aetna, workers compensation, risk, safety and compliance. My main focus is to help companies manage their costs in group health benefits and workers compensation.
Tell us about different organizations that you are involved with?
For work I am a member of the San Antonio Manufacturer’s Association, San Antonio Restaurant Association and San Antonio Contractors Association. I sit on the Membership Committees for all of these groups. I’m also on the Board of the Ghost Light Society and am the Business Networking Chair of the San Antonio chapter of the UTEP Alumni Association.
Tell us more about the Ghost Light Society? How did you become involved and what are some future plans for that organization?
I have been involved since the organization started in 2013. We started as a young professionals group for the Tobin Center and it grew from there to include a Board and I currently serve as Treasurer. Since we began, our membership has grown to over 350 members and we have big plans. We always strive to incorporate performing arts into our events such as musical groups, ballet, or a Broadway musical. Our goal is to promote the Performing Arts in San Antonio and that is what differentiates us from other Young Professional groups. Now that the Tobin Center is open we plan to host most of our upcoming events there. For 2015, we have several great events planned, including our Young Professional Annual Gala this Fall at the Tobin Center.
What are the dues and benefits to being a Ghost Light Society member?
Our dues are $10/month. Your membership includes free access to our events which include entertainment, food and drinks. Other fun perks include Meet-and-Greets with the casts who are performing at the Tobin Center.
How do you manage your work/life balance? Do you have any particular strategies?
I try to be very organized with my time and plan every week and day and maintain a detailed list of what I need to accomplish every day. I book my appointments several weeks in advance and maintain 3 calendars with reminders. But really I work non-stop from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. I am constantly working, going to school in the evenings and spending time with my daughter.
Tell us a little more about what you are going to school for?
I’m currently attending Texas A&M University-San Antonio for my MBA with a concentration in Health Care. I am in my last year and will graduate Spring 2016.
Do you have a mentor?
I have had several mentors throughout my career who have included successful businesswomen. It has been tremendously helpful. My company also promotes mentorship and I have a mentor who is a Regional Manager from California.
Have you ever been approached to be a Mentor yourself?
Yes, I have 2 Mentees. I mentor a young college student who is also getting her Master Degree and I mentor a few of our new sales representatives within our company.
What do you like about being a Young Professional in SA?
I like a lot of aspects of being a Young Professional, especially because there is a lot to do in San Antonio. If you want to get involved, there are so many great organizations and each group has a different interest and area they serve. I like how they allow me to tie my professional life and social life together. I really strive to be involved within these organizations whether it be on a Committee, serving as a Chair, or serving on the Board.
Do you think there challenges of being a Young Professional in San Antonio?
For the most part, San Antonio has been embracing our Young Professional community. They see how successful our Young Professional groups are and are starting to include us more in major functions and events. For example, there has been a big push in gala after-parties to help attract Young Professionals to these organizations hosting the gala. Organizers of the events see how successful these Young Professional groups are in building membership and this carries over to increased membership in the host organizations and participation in their events.
What aspects of personal development are you currently working to improve?
Leadership. My boss has encouraged me to focus on people development and organizational development. I’m also working towards a better work/life balance because I focus on my work so much that sometimes I lose sight of maintaining that balance.
Name one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people don’t know that my undergraduate degree focus is in Biology and Chemistry, and not in Business. I started out as a Pre-Med student and wanted to be a Dermatologist.
What advice would you give to someone coming out of college on how to get involved?
I would suggest picking one organization you strongly care about and get involved to networking and get to know other Young Professionals. Strive to go to as many events as you can and you’ll be surprised at how many connections you’ll make that can help you find a job, make friends, and even find a mentor.
What is your 5 and 10 year plan?
After I get my Master’s Degree, my company has offered me several opportunities to continue to grow professionally. They have approached me about leading training programs to help develop new sales representatives. I know that no matter what specific job I have in the future, it will be something that allows me to help small businesses.
Do you have any closing comments?
I’m really proud to represent Young Professionals and especially women, in our community. I enjoy being able to motivate and encourage other Young Professional women to be successful in whatever it is they are striving for.