I Am Woman
Tell us about Yourself
I am a Louisiana native who has made Houston my home. At the age of 32, I was appointed Associate Municipal Court Judge with the City of Houston and Administrative Law Judge with the State of Texas. I consider myself a servant leader whose life has been immensely enriched by working with the youth as a volunteer, mentor, and board member of the Gulf Coast Organization.
When Life Gives You Lemons
How would you turn a negative situation into something positive?
My faith has sustained me through every stage of growth, development, and maturation. I also recognize that life is a journey of experiences and perspective. So, when faced with what may appear to be delays and disappointments, I I remain committed to my process and rest assured that I will come out on the other side victorious. I treat adversity as an opportunity to become more resilient. For example, during my first week of my first year of law school at Loyola University New Orleans (where I was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship), I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I did not allow that to defer my dream of becoming an attorney. Instead, I relocated to Columbia, South Carolina to complete my Juris Doctor degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law (as a non-resident). Fast forward exactly 12 years later, my family and I lost everything we owned because of Hurricane Harvey. I did not allow those tragedies to break my spirits; rather, it was a catalyst through which I reevaluated my personal priorities and refocused my attention on nurturing personal relationships (versus allowing the hustle and business of work and life to overshadow something so precious).
What and/or Who inspired you to follow your dream?
My childhood of having grown up in a small, rural town with very limited resources ignited a desire to pursue greater. I always felt in my heart that I was called to accomplish great things, and I quickly realized that education would be the catalyst through which my wildest dreams would come true. I recall as a young girl, my maternal grandmother emphasized the importance of an education to me. My grandmother didn't know how to write her own name because she was afforded a proper education because she was forced to labor on a sugar cane plantation along Bayou Teche; nevertheless, she raised her children and grandchildren to be fearless in life and to never allow anyone to cause us to feel inadequate. My family's impoverishment and pride empowered me.
Keeping Up With the Bosses
Tell us about Your Business
As a former owner and managing attorney of the RMW White Law Group, PLLC, I utilized my platform to connect expand my personal and professional brand, which ultimately led to my appointment to the bench.
Currently, I am the chair for the Gulf Coast Organization's Inaugural Scholars Reception. The Scholars Reception raises funds for scholarships for high school seniors by honoring servant leaders and entrepreneurs who have actively advocated education and civic engagement, advanced job creation and career development, and demonstrated community service.
Since its inception, GCO's programs and projects have emphasized the importance of education, good decision-making, and the urgency of reinvesting one's time, talents, and treasures back into the community.
Through GCO's "Jump Start to a Great Start" initiative, scholars garner crucial information and marketable skills to realize their personal, academic, and professional aspirations! I am honored to work with the youth in such a rewarding capacity.
What advice would you give to an upcoming Entrepreneur?
Never be afraid to try something new just because the idea of it seems overwhelming or intimidating. Entrepreneurship presents unlimited opportunities and possibilities to maximize one's potential. Entrepreneurs should strive to collaborate with each other because the impact on a micro and macro level is important to maximizing the economies of scale, promoting growth, and facilitating innovation.
TogetHER WE WIN
What's your definition of Women Empowerment?
Women Empowerment is achieved when the environment is such that women are afforded the opportunity to thrive without the superficially imposed guilt of fitting an arbitrary, traditional ideal of what it means to be a woman.
Seeds of Sisterhood
What's your ingredients to a long-lasting sisterhood?
My strongest sisterhood relationships have been sustained by trust, acceptance, and accountability. Mutual respect, support, and sound counsel are key components to a sisterhood that can withstand distance and time.
Ready. Set. Goal
What is your Goal in life?
My ultimate goal is to be mold of a mother my daughter will one day strive to be; the life partner my husband will always admire; the sister my older and younger siblings look up to; the daughter my parents are proud to have raised; the professional whose work my colleagues respect; and the citizen whose character and service my community embrace and celebrate.
Keep Encouraging Yourself
What advice can you give yourself?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28NIV
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will attain to sound counsel. Proverbs 1:5
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