Hello Christine, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I’m a mother, humanitarian, educator, podcaster, author of a recently published book entitled, “How to Ace a Job Interview: A Simple Guide to Landing Any Interview,” and the founder and CEO of AfrikRising nonprofit organization. I grew up in Arizona and moved to New Mexico to work at Navajo Technical University, where I currently work as an instructor for the Business program and Department Chair.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
I focus on things that will challenge me and help me grow and improve. Currently, I am enjoying writing books, podcasting, improving the business program, and serving the African people. If I don’t have a project going on it really bothers me. I thrive off work and projects. I feel the more I do, the more I learn, the more opportunities that I’ll be presented with.
3- How would you describe “AfrikRising”?
AfrikRising is a newly developed non-profit organization I started this year. We’ve completed three projects since the organization’s inception. We target African children needing assistance with the basic needs to live. This is something I am very passionate about. There are so many children suffering all around the world and I think we need to help. Anyone of us could easily have been born an orphan in the most poverty-stricken continent in the world and it makes me ask myself what am I doing to help? I love serving, it is one of my passions that I feel very strongly about.
4- Where do you think it’s making an impact?
The majority of children in Africa need the basic necessities to live, therefore, they are our target group. These children are literally starving. They have been dropped off by mom and dad and are left to survive on their own at such a young age. They really aren’t getting a fair shot from the beginning. We plan to go in and provide hope and put a smile on their faces. The impact is great as testimonials from those we’ve helped are heartwarming.
5- As a Humanitarian, do you think integrity is an essential part of the game?
Integrity plays a big part in the nonprofit organization. There are ethics, morals, honesty, and commitment involved with all projects we’re involved in, otherwise, there’s not much to go off of. Our donations go directly towards the projects themselves, so our donors see a direct result of where their money is going.
6- What advice would you give to young people just starting out and hoping to make it in the industry?
Even if the industry is saturated, do your research and find that niche that you find will make you happy. Work tirelessly in all that you do as hard work pays off. Work while everyone else sleeps. People ask me all the time how do I do everything I do, I just work really, really hard. I am not content with mediocracy. I set goals every day to become better than I was the day before. It’s important to block out the naysayers or haters, they want to keep you down where they are. Internal drive and self-motivation are huge keys to success.
7- Do you find as an expert, that you enjoy the challenge of the industry being complex with the game rules are always changing?
I like to be challenged as I’m competitive in nature. It goes without saying, that research should always be done, particularly, when changes are always happening. But to not be afraid of learning new rules or skills. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you gain the better off you are. Most people are not willing to put in the time necessary to be successful, to set them a part of the group. Take advantage of that and adjust to whatever life throws at you.
8- If you could turn the time, what would you love to change in regards to your career?
I ended up being a single mom of two young children at the age of 28 so I started my career later in life. I went back to school and got my bachelor’s and master’s degree and didn’t start working on my career until I was 34 years old. I got a late start. I enjoyed those times with my boys and do not regret it at all. I’ve just had to work twice as hard to catch up with the rest of the world.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I’m working on my second book. It’s coming along but I’ll need to spend more time on it to complete it. So that is forthcoming. I plan on releasing several books in the business field that students can use as guides to help them along the way.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
Do what you are passionate about and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. If you get an opportunity to do something that you’re not comfortable with or familiar with, do it! Anything you can do to stretch and grow will only help you improve your skills and experience. Do not let fear direct your life, fear is only in our own minds and not reality. Dream big and do everything you can to accomplish your goals. You are worth it and don’t let anyone hold you back.