Occupation: Community Investment Manager – Comcast Houston Region
Years in the business: 1
Why did you decide to take a new direction in your career?
My new career was the result of my shows being canceled due to layoffs after 17 years with Channel 39. I do believe that everything happens for a reason and that God is in control. I received information regarding the position at Comcast the day before the announcement was made regarding the layoffs and show cancellations. My last day at Channel 39 was April 22 and I started at Comcast May 31.
What was the most difficult part of your transition?
The most difficult part of my transition is not having an on-air presence. I spent 16 years in front of the camera discussing issues important to the Houston community and creating lasting relationships.
What advice can you give others who have been laid off and are venturing into a new career?
The fact that I had established relationships in the community and a trusted reputation made my transition seamless. It didn’t take me long to realize that God allowed me to be laid off in order to promote me. I advise others that when you think outside of the box, pursue your passion, and operate with integrity, everything else will fall into place.
What other projects are you working on that our readers should know about?
I am still working to help children through my work with Comcast and through my volunteer efforts. At Comcast we have launched the Internet Essentials program which helps low income families, with children that qualify for free or reduced lunch, gain access to the internet for less than $10 per month. That same family can purchase a computer for just $149.00. I also volunteer with the Children’s Assessment Center, a nonprofit agency that provides hope, help and healing to young victims of sexual assault.
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