"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over just sitting there" – Will Rogers
My reinvention story began in 2002 when I was "transformed" from a career focused marketer to a new mommy. My daughter was born and like most parents, my priorities changed. I was passionate about my employer’s mission, but my role as Marketing Director wasn’t a good fit anymore. However, after 3 months of mommyhood, I was stressed out, frazzled and miserable. I found I needed a career to be a good mom. A few phone calls and before long I was consulting for non-profits in need of marketing assistance and working on special events.
But my real reinvention came with a phone call in 2004 from a woman who was the chair of a non-profit board I served on years earlier. She explained that the organization was failing, but their main program was still viable. She asked me to attend a meeting to discuss options for saving this program. I was passionable for the mission, so of course I said yes. 18 months later, she and I co-founded "Dress for Success Pittsburgh", and I served as their first Executive Director. I learned as we started and then grew. DFS Pittsburgh now has 5 locations and assists women in 4 neighboring counties – more than 3,000 woman will receive help this year.
Last year, it was time to reinvent myself again. I turned over DFS Pittsburgh to trusted hands and began consulting with the PA Department of Public Welfare on a new program that assists individuals transitioning from public assistance to work. I traveled across the state and helped more than 50 organizations set up operations. That program is now statewide, and my contract is coming to an end… so now what?
I don’t know yet, but I have files of ideas and tons of options ranging from totally new ventures to expanding on past experience, all because I reinvented myself once. Quite frankly, I can’t wait to do it again!