Julia is the Executive Director at the Walters Art Museum. She previously worked at the San Diego Museum of Art as the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and an assistant curator at the Yale Center for British Art. Julia told clients about a time that she received a phone call informing her about an opening for an executive position. She said, “I knew I could do the job, so I was confident.” Julia went through an extensive interviewing process where she met with staff, board members and trustees. She realized that while the organization was interviewing her, she was also interviewing them to see if it was a good fit for her. “There is the right job for you. Sometimes you may realize a job is not for you during the interview though.” After the final interview for this particular position, she decided to revoke her application and continue searching for her next position. Julia was later offered a position in San Diego and worked there for about five years. She enjoyed her job there, but was offered the position of Executive Director at the Walters Art Museum, and was excited about it. She decided to accept the position and move her family to Baltimore. The transition to move across the country was a difficult, but she was able to get through it with the strong support she received from her family. Julia said, ”make decisions as a family. You have to reach out to the people you love.” She left us two pieces of lasting advice which is to stay positive in every circumstance and to involve the people you love in your decisions.
Carol is the founder and CEO of Bottom Line Growth which is a company that strives to make businesses and organizations more profitable. “I love my job because I get to go behind the scenes and see how things actually work.” This was not Carol’s first career, however. She starting in accounting and she was good at it, especially since she enjoyed math. She found her first job as a bookkeeper and she climbed the ladder from there. Eventually, she was the Chief Financial Officer of the top four healthcare service companies in the country. In all of her positions, Carol maintained positive relationships with her supervisors. She said, “always try to have a good relationship with your boss because it could be a good reference.” One day, Carol decided that it was time to start something new. Her friend had been urging her to start her own business and that’s exactly what she did. Carol encouraged starting your own business. She also advised job seekers to find mentors because they will give you positive honest feedback. “People are as happy to be mentors…. as you are happy to be mentored.”
Marilyn is running for the State Attorney’s Office in Baltimore City. She is currently a civil litigation attorney for a Fortune 100 company. Living in the heart of West Baltimore with two young daughters, Marilyn witnesses the crime that the city faces on a daily basis. When she was younger she saw her cousin die as a result of gun violence. Marilyn was driven to be a prosecutor, because of these social injustices that she witnessed. She said, “The criminal justice system is the largest barrier in the African American community.” After the summer of 8th grade, Marilyn started her action plan for her dream career. She graduated at the top of her class in high school and earned a presidential scholarship to Tuskegee University where she majored in political science. She then applied to law schools, but she knew exactly where her heart was, which was back home at Boston College Law School. Unfortunately, she was waitlisted, but because of her determination, she called the admissions office for three weeks until the admissions officer agreed to meet with her. By the end of that summer, she was accepted into Boston College Law School. “I got in because I was determined. Never be afraid to do things that are unconventional to get to where you need to be in life”. This same determination got her to her dream position as a prosecutor in the city of Baltimore where she had a success rate of 80 percent. Marilyn’s advice is to not let circumstances define you as a person. “I got to where I am because I did not allow setbacks to define who I was. Don’t let your circumstances define who you are as a person. Always know your value and you’ll get to where you need to be.”