What hurdles have you overcome being a woman in business?

Generally in my career I would say one hurdle that consistently stands out is being underestimated. In the past others have doubted my ability to complete a task or fulfill my role and responsibilities on just an average level. Quite often they would be surprised at not just my high level of performance but how I was able to successfully go above and beyond thereby exceeding their expectations by a long shot. To insure that I am not put into a “box” of limited expectations I always make sure that I showcase my skills set outside of the “box” that others have tried to place me in. Providing added value beyond others scope of myself has allowed me to take on additional projects and tasks that I would have otherwise been overlooked to handle.

What strategies have you applied to become successful working with the Phoenix Suns?

I strive to always collaborate and be a team player. Whether that is within the Marketing Department or across other departments. And am always looking to grow and learn more. So I stay on top of the trends in the market by taking courses/seminars and read up on the business often through business journals.  Which allows me to share and help my team grow as well. Attending games often also allows me to look at the games from a different vantage point to see what catches our fans attention outside of the game and other areas that we could improve from a marketing standpoint.

What hurdles have you overcome being a woman in business?

Generally in my career I would say one hurdle that consistently stands out is being underestimated. In the past others have doubted my ability to complete a task or fulfill my role and responsibilities on just an average level. Quite often they would be surprised at not just my high level of performance but how I was able to successfully go above and beyond thereby exceeding their expectations by a long shot. To insure that I am not put into a “box” of limited expectations I always make sure that I showcase my skills set outside of the “box” that others have tried to place me in. Providing added value beyond others scope of myself has allowed me to take on additional projects and tasks that I would have otherwise been overlooked to handle.

What mentors, sponsors, coaches have played an important role in your success?

Mentorship has been and continues to be a critical component of my growth and development throughout my career. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for my personal Board of Directors. My mother Paula Davis-Hodgkin was and still is instrumental to my success as well as my mentor Dr. Kimberly Weatherly who was the Director of Student Leadership & Involvement when I attended Lewis University. It’s beneficial to have someone or even multiple people that are further in their career that can offer you advice on how to best navigate the terrain. Regardless of if you decide to work in corporate America or become an entrepreneur it’s vital to have a group of individuals that you can bounce ideas off of and offer a different perspective.

What’s the most rewarding part of your career?

Having the opportunity to see an idea or concept grow and become executed into a full campaign. We have an in-house creative and content team who can create and develop our ideas which is great to see everything come together. The fact that I can see the work of our team out in the market is exhilarating. There is nothing like driving home on the expressway and seeing a billboard that you placed there. Or watching TV and seeing a commercial you worked on run in your favorite show. Also, having the chance to work for a professional sports team allows you to witness a part of history.

 

 

 

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