I grew up in a working-class family. My father was an MTA bus driver, and my mom was a homemaker and worked part-time. The youngest girl in a family of 9, my parents raised me to be self-sufficient, tough and independent. Simply put, there was no silver spoon.
I come from a close-knit family. When my sister became ill, it was only natural that I tried to help her manage her healthcare issues, and her children. When my sister passed away, I stepped in again to take care of my nieces and nephews. When I was a single mother with my own son, I went to night school to obtain my Master’s degree in Business Administration. While attending LIU, I worked at AIG, a Fortune 500 company as the Operations Manager in their Corporate Legal department. I worked hard at AIG, and while I faced many challenges, I was never deterred. Eventually, after years of hard work and dedication to others, I decided to open a general contracting firm, TaylorMade Contracting.
Being a woman in a male-dominated field was never easy, but I was never deterred. I continued to work to grow my firm, and when I started pursuing opportunities on the city level, I realized that many minority and women owned businesses were not obtaining access to opportunities and capital. In response, I formed a non-profit organization called the NYC MWBE Alliance. The goal of the Alliance is to assist minority and women owned businesses with access to opportunities and also work with city, state agencies, and elected officials to remove the barriers to entry.