At the time, I didn’t recognize how the sport could propel my career and impact every aspect of my life. I earned a scholarship to play at the University of Louisville and was the beneficiary of Title IX. The 1972 landmark legislation written by Indiana Senator Birch Bayh prohibits discrimination based on gender, and in my situation, ensured I could attain a college degree. While at the University of Louisville I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Xi Chapter.
When people’s abilities are valued, and they are given an opportunity to contribute, they thrive. Upon graduation, I took my knowledge and leadership skills to my first job at Xerox. During my 30 years with the company, I rapidly earned increasing levels of responsibility and retired early as a Xerox executive and consultant.
I was fortunate to have worked for a company that not only spoke about diversity but also embraced having a workforce that mirrored the communities served as good for business. It was through my work at Xerox that I came to the great state of Indiana. While working full time and raising my family, I earned my MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University.
As a mother of three successful adults and a corporate executive, I learned to be a high achiever, and my husband and I reared a family in Carmel, Indiana where we have lived for 26 years. We learned to see difficulties as challenges and opportunities not as excuses for inaction.
This is who I am and what I will bring to Congress—my resilience, grit and ability to solve what others may perceive as problems to be opportunities. My experiences have prepared me well. I am ready for what lies ahead and ask for your support and your vote to be the representative for the 5th District.