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Anthea M. Pennant | District Director, Supplier Relations & Diversity at Broward College

Continuing with our section Women on the Move, we are honored to introduce today’s spotlight, Anthea Marie Pennant – a woman of great faith whose passion and dedication for the community has set an example for those who have the honor to work and walk alongside her outstanding career as a leader and mother. A&P is proud to be walking alongside Pennant and her team at Broward College in how to better the coaching of diverse suppliers in their participation as recipients of large government bids in both capacities, either as prime or subcontractors.  

Anthea Pennant is the District Director of Supplier Relations and Diversity at Broward College. With over 20 years in executive leadership positions, she has a distinguished performance history in business development, management, advocacy, and fundraising — always with a focus on strengthening communities.  She works closely with various government agencies and large prime contractors to advocate for the removal of systemic impediments in procurement practices on private and government-funded contracts. 

Anthea has received numerous awards over the years as recognition for her contributions to the community, including being named by the Florida State Minority Supplier Diversity Council as “Advocate of the Year” in 2019 during their Annual Awards Gala. On top of that, Legacy Magazine recently featured her as one of South Florida’s “50 Most Powerful Black Leaders in Business & Industry” for 2020. We are grateful for having the chance to discuss with Anthea of how she balances her career with her role as a mother; two roles in which she has excelled.

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

“Prayer and God’s grace has been key to successfully balancing career while raising and caring for my children, Cameron and Taylor.  Over the years, I have learned to compartmentalize and prioritized the various aspects of my life. When I am at work, I am fully engaged, and when I am home, I am fully in tuned with my home life.  God is the constant center of all I do, and my kids are my top priority gifts from God. The serenity prayer, and Philippians 4:13 have always been an inspiration to keep me going “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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

“When I got married and started having children, I did not envision having to raise my children alone, but that became my reality, and I very quickly had to learn how to pivot.  Financial care for my children meant working smart and efficiently at the office, and their emotional care meant intentional, thoughtful, and quality family interactions at home. That care and love continues, no matter how old they are.” 

How has your career inspired your children?

“They both have great work ethics, and hearts of servitude. They know “to whom much is given, much is required” – Luke 12:48. My career choices have always been aimed at supporting and developing under-served communities, by being a voice of advocacy.  My son, Cameron, while earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State University (FSU), worked for six years at the Florida State Capital.  He also served as a guest lecturer at FSU and worked part-time tutoring under-served children. My daughter, Taylor, age 20, while a student at Broward College, works for Branches through AmeriCorps, tutoring under-served children.”

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

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” Thessalonians 5:11. As they are building their own career, building and nurturing their own families, they should remember to encourage and build up those around them. Always keep God at the center of all that you do and pray.”

When I am at work, I am fully engaged, and when I am home, I am fully in tuned with my home life.

Juan Pablo Benítez | Translation Services Coordinator

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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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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

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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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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

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