Day 3: Women of Power 2014: Let Your Fear Go

1. Some Nerve! Pushing Past Fear to Uncover Your Next Move


Valerie Mosley, Chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures

Tomya Ryans, VP, Talent Acquisition, Memorial Sloan Kettering Center

La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Caroline Clarke

The first panel of the 3rd day of Women of Power focused on getting past your fears whether in your personal life or at work.

Two of the speakers, Valerie Mosley and Tomya Ryans, discussed how divorces were some of the most difficult decisions they had to make especially with kids. But both went forward with the decisions and to this day think it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.
In Valerie Mosley’s professional life, she decided to make a risky move and leave her cozy financial job. While she had a nest egg, she didn’t have a plan; but she also knew that where she was was not where she wanted to be. She knew that she could get another job and accepted that it may not pay as much, but she wanted to work in something that would make her happy.
Tomya, who works in HR, was a banker and worked in staffing before moving into HR. She has changed careers on numerous occasions. While she was trying to change careers, she realized that she needed to make investments in areas to improve her professional life. She refined her resume, hired a life coach, and became targeted in what she wanted to do. She said paying for manicures and pedicures and all else is great, but it didn’t move her forward.
LaJune Montgomery Tabron said there’s sometimes just as much transition in staying than in leaving. She realized that at a time, her job was a blessing and physically quit. She felt the individual who was supervising her was biased and racist. When the HR Manager heard the news, he told her she wasn’t leaving and cleaned house. She said relationships are key in an organization and that’s helped her tremendously.
Panelists and attendees also discussed when it’s time to leave a company and the signs to watch out for, as well as other topics.


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