I am first and foremost a mother, daughter, and sister. My family means everything to me. I came from humble beginnings. Our family didn't have a lot but the one thing we always had was each other. I have tried to instill the importance of family in my three children. Most of my family lives locally including my mom, siblings, nieces and nephews.
I live in South Sioux City, Nebraska with my children. I work at Tyson Fresh Meats with a group of wonderfully compassionate and caring team members. My work family is also very important to me. I have a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing.
If someone were to describe me I would hope they say: I am genuine, caring, compassionate, hard working, and determined. I love to learn new things and teach people new things. I want to make a difference in other peoples lives and empower them to live to their fullest potential.
About my company
Tyson Fresh Meats (TFM) is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, and a leading producer in the meat industry. Tyson Fresh Meats has slaughter and processing operations for both beef and pork. Tyson as a whole is about great food, made by good people. In addition to the production of meat, Tyson also makes a variety of prepared foods. Products are sold to retailers and foodservice operators throughout the U.S., as well as about 130 countries. There are more than 113,000 team members in more than 100 U.S. locations, and in operations across the globe.
I chose this career path because
I have a passion for excellence and continuous improvement. Tyson Fresh Meats, formerly Iowa Beef Packers (IBP) is the perfect example of this model. I can honestly say that being a part of this team is like family. I left for a short time only to return back home where I belong, at Tyson. Tyson Foods' culture is to develop a cross-section of people as the company's future leaders. Tyson takes Leadership development to a whole new level through its talent development programs. I love the people I work with: the customers, drivers, carriers, team members, leadership and management teams.
I prepared for this career by
I prepared for this career by working hard to finish my bachelor's degree and working my way up throughout the company. I started IBP/Tyson as a temp on call and I worked in whatever department or position they needed me. From there, I got a full-time position as a sales clerk in national accounts where I worked for nine months. I went to FSQA claims after that which was an hourly promotion to a different department where I spent the next four years. It was about time to take the next step and work my way into a management position. I accepted a position in the transportation department working weekend dispatch and load booking as my first management job where I worked for another four-plus years. My goal was to eventually work in sales for Tyson which happened because of my dedication and education! I worked in processor ham sales for almost two years before I left the company in January 2015. I had an offer to change careers and work for a local law firm where I would work and attend law school for a future career as an attorney. That risk didn't work out and I proudly and humbly came back to Tyson a year later where I am working at rebuilding my career just like I did so many years ago.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
The biggest challenge I've overcome as a woman is promoting encouragement and empowerment to other women. It is a balance between being a strong, independent, driven woman and also holding onto the traditional roles set forth as the matriarchs of the family. Being kind, authentic, genuine, and loving but at the same time knowing when to be strong, assertive, setting healthy boundaries, and breaking the mold for woman in the workplace and the world. Society promotes strong, assertive men but they don't like strong assertive women without labeling them as bossy, mean, or overbearing. It creates an environment where a lot of women are sensitive to this thinking and it can cause self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that prohibit true growth and authenticity. Its not a problem with gender its a problem with thinking. We have to change how people view women and stop putting these labels and limitations on people because of gender. People are just people.
My greatest strength(s)
My greatest strength is my ability to overcome adversity and keep pushing forward. I have had more than my fair share of challenges growing up and growing into the woman I am today. Everyday I am learning, growing, and empowering myself to be better than the day before. Its a never ending process. I hope that inspires other people to believe in themselves. My biggest mottos in life: Be a Victor, not a Victim. The only limitation we have in life are the ones we put on ourselves. It make take a lifetime to achieve your goals but never stop working, never stop grinding, never stop trying.
My greatest accomplishment to date
My greatest accomplishment to date in my mind is completing my post secondary education. It took me 10 years to finish, but I never lost sight of the end goal. During my classes, I worked full time at Tyson while taking care of a family at home, and took online courses at night after the kids were in bed. During my associate program, I was pregnant with my second child with a toddler at home and I was in my early 20's. Three years later, during my bachelor's program, I was pregnant with my third child. There were a lot of exhausted nights with little sleep and cranky little ones at home, but I was determined that I didn't come that far to give up. I put my nose to the ground and I did what I needed to do. I have never looked back.
My personal/professional goals
I intend to work my way throughout the company and continue to build my personal brand. I am focused on continuous improvement personally and professionally. I plan to keep growing and learning in all aspects. At some point, I will go back to school to work on a master's degree in business. I want to be an inspiration to women and especially the younger women to know that inside all of us there is no limit to what we can do and accomplish. I would like to get more involved in the local community where I can make an impact on high risk youth and disadvantaged members here at home. If I can plant one seed of positive thinking and empowerment, that will grow and branch out.
What/Who has inspired me the most
My mother and my upbringing have inspired me. My mother had a rough childhood and suffered a lot of adversity and horrific circumstances, but she always kept trudging forward. If she got knocked down, she brushed it off and tried again. Sometimes she made mistakes but she never let that discourage her from trying again. Resilience that is something my mother gave me that I will always be grateful for. It has gotten me through a lot of difficult times. It keeps me encouraged.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I want to be remembered for my character and my compassion, as well as be an inspiration for others who feel they are in a hopeless situation. God didn't put me on this earth without a purpose. Maybe my purpose is to shine my light where others see only darkness, to help them overcome whatever it is that is holding them back from their purpose.
I participate in the following organizations/memberships
Right now, I am mainly focused on building my career with Tyson and being the best team member I can be in whatever capacity they need me. I intend to join more local organizations and memberships in the near future and would like to serve in my town in some way as well. The GSEW is just the start. I look forward to what opportunities come next for me.
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
At Tyson, we participate in many charities one of the main charities I contribute to is the local United Way. A portion of my salary is taken out of every check for charity. In addition, we also have weekly jeans day on Friday's. Each week a different local charity is chosen and given those funds. Our team members are some of the most generous and compassionate people I have ever met.
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
I have a pretty eclectic hobby/interest list. I love cooking, baking, sewing, rehabbing projects, home renovations, wood projects, learning new things, trying new things, and the list goes on and on. Probably my favorite past time is just spending time with my family, gathering for meals and just being together. Usually that includes a house full with my parents, my siblings and all their kids - sometimes they bring guests, too. It's a big part of our upbringing to socialize and gather around food and family.