If you opened your own business, what would it be?
I opened my own consulting business 2 years ago after working in the corporate world for over a decade.
At Schabel Solutions, we help organizations diffuse the dangers of unconscious bias - from overlooked potential to outright train wrecks.
Schabel Solutions focuses on providing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and effective practices to solve workplace, workforce and marketplace challenges for our clients.
7 Key Times Clients call on us:
When organizations want to roll out Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans, but don’t know how and where to start.
When leaders want to assess alignment of core values with employee behaviors and overall workplace culture.
When brand crises occur and impact employee engagement, innovation and productivity.
When organizations want to attract a diverse pool of candidates.
When organizations want to effectively gain brand exposure in new markets (i.e. Latino market, LGBT, etc.)
When organizations want to boost employee and leader awareness about the business case and importance of an inclusive workplace culture.
When organizations want to proactively uncover persistent challenges that hinder inclusivity and diversity of talent and thought.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To my younger self, I would say:
“You are powerful. Know that you are powerful and leverage it. Dream big and continue to update and upgrade your dreams. Life is a blank canvas and you should not limit your vision of your future for any reason or anyone else. Think long term about your goals and learn to anticipate challenges, but don’t give up. Instead, strategize and ask for help. Yes, ask for help. You are not the only one experiencing your circumstances in life. Trust that you can find your way through life, because you will. And, girl, please wax those eyebrows.”
My exceptional skills are my adaptability, willingness to learn and ability to connect with others. After living in 3 different countries with very distinct cultures, I learned the language, culture and how to navigate new circumstances with ease while connecting with others, building relationships and learning from others. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
What makes you feel fulfilled?
I feel fulfilled when I am being creative, my voice is heard and I feel part of a community and common goal that is bigger than my own interests. To be fulfilled, I need to know that what I am doing will make a difference in someone’s else life.
When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?
The word that first pops into my mind and describes me best is “sincere”.
I have so many favorite books. This is a tough question. I love books. I will offer a few options:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
I Know This Much Is True
She’s Come Undone
What makes your heart race?
Besides the smiley faces of my nephews and niece, what really makes my heart race with excitement and joy is when I get to travel with my spouse and learn about new places and cultures. Having new experiences broadens my perspectives and helps me gain insights into other people’s lives and beliefs. What can be better than that? Only white bread, really.
Organization or cause near to your heart:
A cause that is near to my heart is helping children. I volunteer at the NICU as a cuddler. I think that sometimes we forget that some children come into this world with their ‘gloves’ on fighting for every opportunity they have to live a fulfilling life. It is a great reminder that our health is our best asset and that life is fragile.
While living in Brazil, from a very young age, I always wanted to end poverty and hunger. As a child, I thought that these issues were so simple to address. As the years have passed, I realized that we live in an interconnected world with complex systems that jeopardize human life. To mitigate these issues, I volunteer for organizations that advance civil and human rights, social justice and equitable opportunities for all.
What keeps you up at night?
The future of our planet from an environmental perspective keeps me up at night. Although I enjoy warm winter days, I feel guilty for enjoying them. I often catch myself wondering about the irreversible damage that has caused the unusual temperatures. I think about what could happen to the world’s islands and coastal cities when sea levels continue to rise. When I learn about a new natural disaster tied to global warming, courtesy of the National Geographic channel, I ask myself: what good does it do for us to care about and address so many of the world’s problems if we don’t have a planet which can sustain us long term? Dark, right?
What is a belief you once held but no longer do?
A belief that I once held in life, but no longer hold, is the misconception that I knew what other people wanted or needed before asking them. Yep, I was never a good mind reader. Today, I don’t make assumptions about what other people think or need before asking them. And, I have moved from the Golden Rule to the Platinum Rule. I strive to treat people the way they want to be treated versus the way I want to be treated.
What are you interested in connecting with other women about?
I feel energized and a strong sense of community when helping other women thrive. There is plenty of room and opportunity for all of us to succeed when we support each other. So, let’s get it done!