I am a leader and mentor,
I guide women to reveal their strengths
so they believe and can achieve
their desired greatness!
The purpose of the“Genuine Driven Women” brand is to help women, young ladies, and girls become the success they already know they are, deep inside. We will help them grow into the best version of themselves, and we will mentor future leaders. We will teach them new skills and ideas that take them to the next level. Our “drive” is to polish women like the diamonds they are, until they shine so bright, the entire world will be illuminated by their brilliance!
The Founder’s Story:
I grew up in a small farm town on the Colorado plains in the 1970s, with a community who did take care of each other, but also held fairly traditional thoughts when it came to gender expectations. I was surrounded by extremely hard working people, farmers, oil field workers, tradesmen of all kinds, and other people who made our community a home. Most of the educated women, like my step-mom, were teachers or worked for the local school district, like my mom. As a result, I wanted to be a first grade school teacher when I was in high school. I simply didn’t know what else to want. My mom was absolutely the hardest working person I ever met. She was driven in a way I cannot explain. She climbed and clawed and scratched and climbed some more until she was the financial supervisor for our school district. Eventually, she continued her ascent and rose to an executive position in the Department of Education for the state. I was amazed by her and her drive – and the higher she climbed, the higher I knew I could climb. She created her entire portfolio of success through sweat, blood, and tears – working harder than anyone can imagine and overcoming obstacles that women today can’t even begin to comprehend. I am so proud to call her my mom.
My mom lit a fire in me that will never be extinguished. I owe it to her and all the tough women from her generation who paved roads to success that were not available to us, even as recently as the 1990s.
In 1990, I decided to join the U.S. Navy, I enlisted after graduating high school. During the first ten years I was in the Navy, I did complete a Bachelor degree and received a Commission as a Naval Officer. I eventually completed my Master of Science degree, majoring in Computer Information Systems Management and retired after a successful Naval career of almost 24 years.
After my retirement from the Navy, I entered the Project Management field. More specifically, I am working in Defense Acquisition as a Program Manager. A Program Manager is a person who is responsible for the acquisition or procurement of a system (or product) for use by the Department of Defense (DOD). In my case, I am responsible for the design, delivery, and installation of a very complicated Information Technology (IT) system that will be installed on nearly one hundred ships. I lead a large team of brilliant engineers and other acquisition specialists. I learn new things from them everyday and would like to share some of my thoughts on how we can all continue to improve while also continuing to grown in our challenges.
The young girl who grew up on the Colorado plains, and who dreamed of being a first grade school teacher, did not even know the career I have today existed. It has been an amazing journey and the adventure continues! I look forward to where we will all go, together!
With best wishes,
Founder & CEO
Are you a diamond in the rough? I see that you are a treasure, no doubt! Come join in my parade, we are moving and we will ALL shine in no time!