Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Knowles.
Hi Stephanie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
There is one thing that I know and that is everyone has a story that has made them the person that they are today. I can remember during my earlier years, my passion at heart was social work and community service. As I progressed through college, I was able to receive my minor in social work; but having the skills and training wasn’t enough. As the saying goes, you will put your all into something that truly has your heart. I truly received my calling in social work when I started to see this journey as a true servant leader. Many days I sat in the classrooms at Dallas Baptist University and it was then, that I truly understood what servant leadership really meant. During the college years, some people are just ready and anxious to receive the degree and move on to their careers, but I made a promise to myself that I would look deeper into finding my purpose in this life. Many people always ask me the question, “how do you have time to do everything you do?” My answer is quite simple, the things that I do are my passion and purpose. When you know your purpose, you are not looking at the work as an obligation or a chore.
As I fast forward to my current state in life, I see how working in the community has not only changed the lives of the people that I am serving, but it has changed my life. I begin to see life more as a gift and not what I had taken for granted. Humility is my master teacher. As the saying goes, “life is no crystal stair” but you must make the life you have worth living.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As anyone would imagine, the road is not smooth when you are serving the community and working with non-profit organizations. There are times when the resources and the money are very low, but the need of the people does not stop. We will always have people that will be in need, but we must strive to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper. We all have to realize that one day we may be up and the next day, we may need the same assistance that we are giving to someone else. Life has a funny way of teaching us the realities of life.
In life there may be struggles, but there are always opportunities. Since this pandemic has ravished the lives of many people directly or indirectly, there are still human beings that have empathy, compassion, and the willingness to provide assistance to help someone else.
Overall, the road over the years was hard during the fruitful years of our society, but I can truly see the shift to a different mindset and willingness for individuals working in the community to make a difference but a worldwide community effort.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
In my professional career, I am a Senior Project Manager at a well-known financial organization. My career within project management started over 17 years ago. As a project manager, there are many hats that you wear on a daily basis. On any given day, I am a negotiater, planner, budgeter, leader, communicator, problem solver, critical thinker, motivator and the list goes on. I am most proud of being able to be a part of the successful outcome of the project. The success of projects depends on if you delivered the project on time, under budget and achieved the desired outcomes. I believe what sets me apart from others in this field is my unique ability to build relationships with my project team members. A good project manager is able to work with all individuals even if there are personality differences. I take pride in my ability to be able to connect with people to accomplish the greater good.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
During the COVID-19 crisis, I have learned so many things. The major theme that I have learned from this crisis is that you must learn to be more flexible and willing to adapt to change. I can’t even count now how many days since the Covid-19 Crisis that things didn’t go as I planned. As humans, we feel like to we have to be in control of everything. Lately, I have noticed my unexpected outcomes turned out better for me.
Secondly, I have learned to continue to step out of my comfort zone and continue to be creative. I noticed prior to the pandemic there were many things and places I would go to just out of habit or obligation. This crisis should teach us all that time is precious and you should choose and spend your time wisely.
Every crisis we go through is not all bad, I applaud the individuals that have turned “lemons out of lemonade” in spite of everything we have all been through.
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