Occupation: Unofficially I am the hybrid of a lawyer, psychologist, event planner, teacher and mediator. Officially I am the Director of Human Resources for an Iowa Casino. If you opened your own business, what would it be? I have a passion for mentoring, coaching and helping individuals gain confidence. I see myself operating an agency that does just that. What advice would you give your younger self? Understand your value. Believe in yourself. Exceptional Skills: My intuition rarely fails me, I just need to listen to it more. I also have a unique ability to adapt to a group and integrate.

What makes you feel fulfilled? As a self-proclaimed Goal Digger there is serious satisfaction in crushing a goal. Also, being a good partner and leader. Not only in my personal relationships but a good business partner for my colleagues. If I do my part well, and it makes the lives and work of others better I feel I am meeting a purpose.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? Positive

Favorite Book: Currently, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It was recommended by someone I admire and I was intrigued by the title. The book talks about balancing your energy and emotional intelligence both of which I found value in. Disclaimer: If the word F*ck offends you, then this book is not for you.

What makes your heart race? New experiences and challenges. Trying something I’ve never done or visiting some place I’ve never been creates an opportunity to learn and grow.

Organization or cause near to your heart: For personal reasons, organ donation.

What keeps you up at night? Failing.

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? I once was very concerned with everyone else’s happiness even if it meant sacrificing my own. I wouldn’t stand up for myself when I was wronged, so as not to be seen as difficult. I wouldn’t say things I should have said, so as not to upset the other person. I wanted to keep the peace. As I matured I learned to speak up even if my voice would shake. I learned the more I stood up the more confident I became.

What are you interested in connecting with other women about? I want to hear their stories and learn from their experiences. I want to make connections, share my own journey and support building up other women.

Sondra Romeo

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