Nahid works as a financial advisor and has been at the same company for over 17 years. She began as a teller and worked her way up to her current position. When a larger institution bought out her company, she lost her job briefly, but fortunately was hired back. After years of work, Nahid went back for her Masters in Finance. Although she was a single mom and still working, she was able to get her degree by attending school at night and on the weekends. It was hard work, but Nahid wanted to show her children that staying focused and setting goals pays off. When she looked back on her life she wanted to see that she had always been working hard and bettering herself. Now, Nahid works with those planning for retirement. She enjoys her job because she loves helping people, especially women who may not be as well versed in finance. Nahid expressed to clients how important networking is. She is a member of a number of professional networking groups and attends events on the weekends so she can gain new clients and learn about new opportunities. She encouraged clients to give 110% when they are employed and to learn their job well, asking questions and being confident in their abilities and skills.
Rasheeah owns her own beauty supply business and is a licensed hair stylist. Life wasn't always easy for her, however. At one point, Rasheeah was on social services and was struggling to pay her bills. She networked with those she knew from hair school and told them she needed a job. She was put in touch with the owner of the beauty supply business who soon passed the whole operation over to her. She now sells products to stores through Baltimore city and the surrounding counties. Rasheeah stressed to clients that where they come from does not need to hold them back. Although she saw struggles in her life, Rasheeah used the negativity around her as ammunition to push for what she wanted and eventually succeed. She now works with celebrity photographers, travels for her job, and speaks to hair students to inspire and motivate them in the right direction. Rasheeah told clients that they need to keep moving and even when it is difficult, continue to go after what they want and encourage one another. She urged them not to talk to negative people in their lives and to ultimately have confidence and a vision.