Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIINFLUENTIAL WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Insurance Expert/Professional Keynote Speaker/Women’s Group Chapter Leader
Barbara empowers women to overcome their challenges and helps them shine. Growing up in an interracial family in Chicagoland during the tumultuous 1970s imbued her with a bright inner light. This light has fueled her desire to help others. She believes people are people and that colors are there to remind us we all have filters to work through to appreciate the person underneath.
Knowing work and education were keys to success, she began working in insurance at age fifteen. Upon graduating high school, she obtained associates degrees in accounting and computerized business management, business management, and health administrative management. This landed her a job with AON Risk Services in their insurance department.
Wanting to become a better senior manager at AON, she found her true calling by joining a Toastmasters Club. Embracing the Toastmasters vision of improving communication and leadership skills, she worked her way up to becoming program quality director, providing educational opportunities for over 5500 Toastmaster’s members. The great part is Barbara is just getting started. The beginning of 2017 saw her leading the first Chicagoland Chapter of the Women’s Prosperity Network. Barbara’s motto: “You have a DIAMOND in you.” Let it shine because everyone has something special within them.
The ROCK…My Foundation. What is Your ROCK in your life?
Lessons learned concerning her father’s murder in her teens and how she took the tragedy as a stepping stone to learn how to focus on the positive side of her life instead of reverting to depression or ending her own life. A takeaway regarding her struggles and lessons learned to let women know they can move forward when life throws a curve ball and the ROCK in your life is shattered. You are able to use the negative to create a positive outcome and let it strengthen you, but you have to be willing.