We had the good fortune of connecting with Maiya Winston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maiya, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
The habits of consistency and planning have helped and continue to help me succeed. One of my favorite mantras is “keep showing up”. By creating and building productive habits within my business, I have been able to secure opportunities to increase brand awareness and secure new clients. Additionally, having a business plan and plan of daily action helps clarify the “why” behind the “what”. By staying the course with the plan I’ve developed, I can see the progress being made, as well as correct any missteps. Giving myself time to collect results from consistent actions helps to provide greater clarity for next steps, as well as identifying any opportunities where I may need support.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have worked in Corporate America for over 15 years and have learned that there are experiences and situations that no classroom would ever prepare me for. The successful navigation of the corporate structure, while maintaining a sense of sanity and self-assurance, is not a journey that should be undertaken alone. After meeting and mentoring young people new to the corporate environment that were struggling to find their way on a career path, I decided to start Be A Possibility Coaching and Consulting. One of the focus areas of Be A Possibility is career coaching and professional development for young professionals so that they are able to successfully secure the roles they desire, while learning the unwritten rules of corporate environments. I strive to be the mentor and supporter for the next generation of professionals that I wish I had when entering the working world. My encounters with sexism, discrimination, pay disparity, nepotism/favoritism, stereotypes, microaggressions, and adverse personalities have all equipped me for this work and enables me to give real-world advice to help them elevate their careers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I were showing a friend my favorite places in Dallas, we would have to make a required stop at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. I love the kitsch of the decor and the food is always good. A tour of the impressive AT&T Stadium would also be on the agenda because you have to see that place to believe it. If the weather is nice, we’d spend an afternoon at Klyde Warren Park and visiting the museums downtown. And of course, no trip is complete without a stop at Buc-ees!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shoutout is dedicated to my Community of Possibility. When I relocated to the DFW area eight years ago, I had no idea that I would have the opportunity to grow an amazingly supportive and nurturing network of people from all walks of life. My story has gotten to where it is now through the unwavering support of Sylvia Goss, Farah Vann, Jared & Brooke Fitzpatrick, Cameron Shaw, Candra Sweat, and Willie Sublet III. Each of these people has supported, encouraged, and poured into me at various points in my journey and are a constant source of energy. I am eternally grateful for their divine placement on this path.
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