"Don't give up even when you hit your lowest point," is something Aleah said to herself whenever she felt like giving up. For Aleah, life was not always easy. Before she became a consultant and co-owner of Tailored Training Solutions, Aleah had to work multiple jobs in order to put herself through school. Through her hardship she learned that everything happens in gradual stages. Despite our desire as humans to have immediate self-gratification, Aleah believes that we must remain steadfast. If we cannot find the strength in our own heart to remain strong, Aleah suggests finding someone who is like-minded and has similar goals to help us. She believes that no one should be afraid to ask for help!
As a lawyer, Carla has provided counsel and advice to clients who have experienced various employment-related challenges. Through this experience and her time as President of the Board of The Arc of Baltimore Carla has learned many valuable professional lessons. Her professional experience has taught her 2 key things: to always be responsive and to always network. For Carla, the key to being responsive and networking has always been keeping the lines of communication open and being straightforward. Carla believes that if you meet someone that you think could help you then ask them. Don't count yourself out before you even put yourself in the game. It is important to keep an open mind and always value communication as a tool to help you navigate the professional world.
Very committed to helping people in need, Adrienne has devoted her life's work to advocating for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. By advocating for the rights of others, Adrienne has learned to also advocate for herself. Before landing a leadership position in the Mayor's Office of Human Services, Adrienne was struggling to pay her bills. She realized that she couldn't work 2 jobs forever, so she mustered up the courage and asked for what she felt she deserved –a raise. From this experience, Adrienne has learned to ask for what she needs. Adrienne feels that you should never be afraid to ask for what you need because the worst thing a person can say to your request is no.