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Mumtaz Tharoo | VP & Co-Founder of PayKoncept Merchant Solutions

We are honored to introduce today’s spotlight for Women on the Move, in recognition of her dedication to the growth of our community and her passion for business-to-business development. We have been blessed to serve her organization, PayKoncept Merchant Solutions, through business coaching focused on reaching the Hispanic market and they were invited to participate in the 2018-2019 Mentor/Protégé program, we facilitated, at Wyndham Destinations.

Mumtaz Tharoo, is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of PayKoncept Merchant Solutions.  She leads her company alongside her life partner, Abdullah Tharoo, with the dedication of serving small to mid-sized businesses by providing payment technology solutions, needed to reach the next level of success.  Mumtaz Tharoo, is recognized for her knowledge and skills in Marketing, Strategy, B2B relations and Finance. Not only does she excel as a business leader and role model, but her commitment to serving the community-at-large is commendable.  She serves as the director of Miracle Makers Foundation, which was founded in 2014 by her daughter, Maya Tharoo at the age of 9, with the express purpose of aiding families of children born prematurely.  Together, they serve as a sounding board for the families of preemie and raise funds for the neonatology units at the regional hospitals.

The community initiatives and dedication of Mumtaz Tharoo continues to shine bright, with their commitment to donating up to 5% of PayKoncept’s revenue to the cause.  Her professional accomplishments, her dedication to her children, and her desire to serve our great community is why we have chosen her to today’s spotlight for Women on the Move.  In acknowledgment of Mother’s Day, we have asked Mumtaz Tharoo to share about her life’s journey as a mother and a businesswoman.

How have you balanced a successful career while raising and caring for your children?

“I am very blessed to have a supportive partner in life and business for which I am grateful every day.  We have a great understanding and, more so, we involve our kids in all the decisions that have to do with the family. This way the entire family works as a team towards a goal. I have learned to prioritize Faith, Family, Career, and Philanthropy respectively which enables me to stay focused on the important things.  Raising kids is teamwork and no one person can do it all.  It takes a village to raise a child, and in my case besides my husband and me, we have great support from my husband’s parents who have been there for us and our children.  I am also grateful for my mom and late father, who have always taught me to be patient, as there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and to always give back and share one’s blessings.”

What has been the biggest challenge for you as a mother in your career?

“Like most career mothers, I missed being able to attend my daughter’s events in school, having to put her in aftercare, and not able to separate work and life itself. My biggest challenge was to keep learning from the sacrifices earlier in my career and stay focused in the pursuit of a happier life, which in turn shaped my career choices.”

How has your career inspired your children?

“According to my daughter Maya, “Mom has inspired me to work smart, dream big, make a plan, see it through, give back, and celebrate my accomplishments, every step of the way.”

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders regarding career success while being an active, caring mother for their children?

“Be BOLD… proactively manage your own career, but most importantly do what you are passionate about and give it your all.”

 

IMPOSSIBLE means to me: I AM POSSIBLE

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Mimi Flatley | Community & Citizenship Manager at Turner Construction

We are honored to introduce today’s spotlight for Women on the Move, in recognition of her dedication to the supplier diversity community and her passion for equality among all people. We have been blessed to serve her organization, Turner Construction Company, as trainers and facilitators for their Turner School of Construction Management program for the last several years.

Leading the Turner Construction Company’s community involvement and supplier diversity development is Mimi Flatley, Community and Citizenship Manager. Mimi graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations. Since 2007, she has been an active member of our community supporting partnerships, charities, and associations.  She has served as board member to Downtown Orlando Partnerships, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, CREW Orlando, Central Florida Chapter Associated Builder and Contractors, Inc., and currently serves as CO-VP of Accreditation on PRSA Orlando. Her dedication to the community and her passion for the Construction/Architecture/Engineering industry are why we have chosen her to be today’s spotlight for Women on the Move. In acknowledgment of Mother’s Day, we have asked Flatley to share about her life’s journey as a mother and a career woman.

How have you balanced a successful career while raising and caring for your children?

“My husband, John, and I have three little boys – 5 years, 3 years, and 11 months old. I will admit that I struggle with the balance – but what working parent does not?! John also has a career, so for us, balance is only possible through constant communication and being able to share realistic expectations, one day at a time. Our kids all went through the same daycare, so we are very appreciative for that extension of care, and to have the support from family close by.” 

What has been the biggest challenge for you as a mother in your career?

“Coming to the realization that you cannot do it all, at the same time, has been my greatest challenge. The instant solution for a perfect work/life/parenthood/self-care balance does not exist. More time at work means less time at home, and vice versa. But what I am learning that does exist in parenthood are these wonderful seasons of time: learning to crawl, talk, walk, read, write, and make friends, all of which seem to happen so fast. A season of complete dependence, followed by defiance (that would be our current 3-year old’s phase!), to the start of more independence. For my kids, some of their milestones happened while I was home, others while I was at work. I had to learn to give myself the grace to not let guilt creep in if I happen to miss something while at work and challenge myself to appreciate everything that happens in both work and home life.  I feel very fortunate to have a wonderful group of working mom role models at Turner and in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. These are women who have raised their children while working very demanding careers, and chances are whatever ‘season’ I am in, I can call one of them for advice.

How has your career inspired your children?

“I think my children are a little too young to really understand what I do. But as a mother of only boys, I hope, when they get older, they will see me as an example of someone who loved her family and was committed to a line of work she was very passionate about.”

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders regarding career success while being an active, caring mother for their children?

“Find a career that allows you to be the best version of your true self. The older my boys get, the more I realize they pick up on emotions. I had roles at work that I was not truly passionate about, and kids can sense that.

In the short, but best, five years of my motherhood life, I’ve found that no matter what your career is, what company you work for, what season of parenthood you are in, your kids will love you just the way you are.

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The Daily Signal | Problematic Women: Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic

Despite the health and economic crisis affecting the world during most of 2020, this unexpected pandemic has also shown a positive side: people who are willing to go beyond their limits to help the world.

This interview, produced by The Daily Signal, reveals the extraordinary testimony of a great example of resilience, empowerment and caring for others, from a woman whose mission in life is to help others during these difficult times.

After spending more than 50 years in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada is still sharing a message of life and hope with the world. When she learned that she would never walk again, she most likely would not have believed that she would become a renowned artist, author and founder of a powerful ministry to the disabled called Joni & Friends.

In this must-read interview, Joni shares her powerful story, explains her works on The Heritage Foundation’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, and offers us all some much-needed hope. “I think gratitude with the mouth stirs up gratitude in the heart, and so that’s good advice, whether you’re a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, whoever. Good advice for anybody who’s feeling discouraged, or has lost their job, or perhaps lost a loved one during this terrible pandemic”, says Joni.

More than Ever Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic from The Daily Signal.

Source:

Evans, L., & Allen, V. (2020). Problematic Women: Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/04/30/problematic-women-lessons-of-hope-from-a-woman-who-has-spent-decades-as-a-quadriplegic/

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World Economic Forum | Coronavirus: Why diverse leadership matters more than ever

leading remote teams

During this pandemic, many leaders are coming to a mind-block as to how to sustain their companies and what should be part of their decision-making model. 

This article produced by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and republished by Lloyd Howell on the World Economic Forum titled Coronavirus: Why Diverse Leadership Matters More Than ever explains the need for leaders to understand the diverse range of impacts the coronavirus is having on their employees and clients/customers.

The article states, “During crises, the presence of diversity and the practice of inclusion is essential to challenge us to look at problems differently and consider a wider range of financial issues and impacts that we might not otherwise.” It is essential that leaders understand the need to reach out to sources of various cultural and diverse backgrounds for guidance, in order to maintain a sustainable company.

Lloyd points out that the positive impact of diversity is powerful as we come together as a team to consider all issues, small and large, that directly impact our businesses’ performances. He further states that, “Our employees, the communities we serve, and our shareholders expect us to use every possible tool to address them [crises], most importantly the full scope of diversity of the very people in decision-making seats.”.

When making these difficult decisions, ensure that you seek the guidance of wise counsel; a counsel of people from various diverse backgrounds that can provide a full scope of understanding to you.

Coronavirus: Why Diverse Leadership Matters More than Ever from The World Economic Forum.

Source:

Lloyd W. Howell, J. (2020, March 31). Coronavirus: Why diverse leadership matters more than ever. Retrieved from World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/why-leadership-diversity-matters-in-handling-crises-like-covid-19

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Empowered Women

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  – Harriet Tubman

When you picture a strong businesswoman, what do you think of or whom do you think of? What qualities form a strong women in the business world? Do these qualities describe a woman leader, or are those qualities characteristics of a leader?

We fixated on the division and the separation of women and men leaders. There is this culture within business that women do not have the same traits to be a leader than men. This simply is not true. However, in recognizing this, it is important that as we empower women, we do not demean the ability of men. Empowering women is not looking down on men, but learning how to work together to build each other up to reach our goals.

The Creator created us all with the same potential to become leaders. Those that develop their passions, strengths, and have some patience, are those that will become leaders of their business, community, and life.

We empower women to develop their traits and channel their inner strengths and passions into a business or role that they love, and use that love to increase their development as a leader. By having a little patience and the endurance in working hard and reaching goals, there is nothing that can stop women from reaching the stars and changing the world for the better.

We are proud to see so many women already focusing their strengths on their passions, and we congratulate our women-business owned clients who have done this. The following have followed their passions and have excelled in their careers: First Female Four-Star General, Retired Commander of U.S. Army Ann E. Dunwoody; Anthea Pennant – District Director, Supplier Relations and Diversity Business Services at the Broward College; the  Nicole Wickens –  CEO of Validus Construction Services awarded as fastest growing Construction company in Central Florida by Orlando Business Journal; Marcela Restrepo, President of Sky Builders USA well known in the Central Florida community and recognized at the Don Quijote Award by The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando; Dr. Felicia Young from ACY Contractors awarded with the Eagle Award by the  African American Chamber of Commerce; Jeanette Mora, Attorney at Law recognized as Member of the Board of the Bar Association and Yomaira  Muñoz recognized as Empresa Renovada in 2019.

Leaders and Leaders-to-be, you have what you need, now go and get it!

Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

Forbe’s Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship

This month is about recognizing the accomplishments of the African American community. Forbe’s writers, Ruth Umoh and Brianne Garrett, detail how the African American community has played an essential role in the development of the U.S. economy. Many inventions and processes that we all use in our everyday activities were brought to reality by African American leaders. 

This article brings to light the amazing accomplishments of African American leaders that many are unaware of. these accomplsihments have greatly impacted our world in various ways.

Ruth Umoh states, “If history is any indiciation, black entrepreneurship will continue to grow and thrive in the coming years – an economic boon for Americans of all colors.”.

Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship by Forbes.

Source:

Umoh, R., & Garrett, B. (2020, February 03). Black in Business: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthumoh/2020/02/03/celebrating-black-history-month-2020/#14dbefd32b45

 

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Loving Diversity

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

                                                                                                                                                                  – Jacqueline Woodson

Diversity has passed through various phases, sometimes of hurt, segregation, and oppression, and other times of admiration, excellence, and respect. In the past years, diversity has been a highlighted focus in areas of business, politics, and personal interactions. There is a growing desire for small diverse businesses to be a part of the global efforts of large corporations and government agencies to build communities. However, these efforts do not seem to be highlighted as much as the negativity and degradation placed on those of diverse backgrounds.

It is time to place differences and hatred aside and focus on the positive engagement and love towards one another as human beings – all working on bettering ourselves to build a greater world.

Do not shape your views of diversity based on the racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds of people, but recognize that through differences we can complement who we are for a greater community. When we partner with those whose strengths are our weaknesses, we complement each other into a better being.

We must remember that everyone is a minority somewhere in the world. Once you leave your native country and enter another, you become part of the minority. We are all created by the same Creator, and were all made with diverse traits.

I challenge you to reach out to your friends and family with a background, different than your own, and tell them, “We are all on a journey of life; so, let us figure it out together.”.

In the spirit of love, I encourage you to realize the potential our world has to walk this path of life together; no matter the diverse background.

 

 

By: Samuel Lowry, Marketing & Communications Manager

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