Katrina currently works as an employment lawyer at a firm in Baltimore. She was the first African-American partner at the firm, and was the youngest to join as a partner. She was born to young parents in Florida. Katrina is very proud of her mother for taking sacrifices and persevering through tough times so that Katrina could succeed. Katrina earned her undergraduate degree at UNC and studied psychology. Although she wanted to solve problems for the FBI, she ended up changing her focus and became a lawyer. Katrina said that even though it is a different career path, she still uses her background in human relations to help with her work as an employment lawyer. She works on cases that relate to employment discrimination and does counseling for employers and employees to ensure that no rights or regulations are broken. Katrina encourage job seekers to always document their interactions with employers and to get everything in writing for their own security.
Kris works at a as a LCPC program manager for a nonprofit in Montgomery County. She works with people with psychiatric disabilities and helps them find employment. Before this job, she worked as a server and a bartender for many years. She enjoyed the work because she liked interacting with people. While Kris was working in the service industry she worked at many fundraisers for nonprofits, which inspired her to apply for a job at her current office. Kris fell in love with the organization when she was interviewing for the job, and she still loves what she does there 8 years later. She said job seekers should use interviews as a way to learn about the employer and see if you would enjoy working there. Kris also mentioned that job seekers should focus on a career path by thinking of a job they want and learning how to work their way up. She advised job seekers to learn from other people’s experiences and ask questions about their career path.
Felicia is a social entrepreneur, and has been in the people business ever since she was 19. She has held many different jobs but all helped her become the person she is today. When Felicia was still in high school she decided to take the exam to get into the National Guard and scored very high. She ended up joining the National Guard while she was still in high school. When she graduated she went straight into basic training and immediately hated it. She still went through all eight weeks of training but then failed the final tests. After this, she returned home and needed to figure out what to do next. Felicia decided to take a CNA course and went into homecare and really enjoyed the work. Later on, Felicia started to work with children that were just released from psychiatric holding. She also got involved with nonprofits and community organizations. Felicia also changed paths again and designed t-shirts with positive messages. She later started working for Baltimore City and trained people who work with children how to best relate and work with them. After this job, she decided that this was the last job she would have working for someone else. She created Felicia the G.E.M., which stands for God Empowered Miracle, where she works as a spiritual midwife, speaker, writer, and advocate. She advised job seekers to be consistent with who you are in all parts of your life. She also said to find out what makes your heart sing and you will find out what you should do for your career.
Ramona is currently an elected official and serves as the Judge of the Orphans Court, as well as works for the Women’s Journal. However, it took her fourteen years to get her to where she is today. Ramona has held many different positions throughout her life. She first ran for the Register of Wills in Baltimore City in 1998 and lost. She later ran in 2002, and although she did earn more votes than the previous round, she didn’t win enough to get the seat. In 2010 Ramona decided to run for the Judge of the Orphans court and succeeded. She was the first female that was not part of the bar to be elected in this position. Ramona said her son gave her the motivation to keep trying. She works with people who have lost family members and educates people on wills and estates. Ramona inspired us to never give up, and follow through with your ambitions.