Mompreneur: Transitions Part 1- A Look at the American Woman's Journey Through Asian Pacific Eyes

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"Transitions are often pivotal moments in our lives. We remember them vividly, emotionally, and they can influence the rest of our lives.

This is one of my favorite topics to evoke from people ... because I think Transitions brings out the most raw and broken form of people, but also the most hopeful.

Most of the time when we are going through transitions however, we believe, this is the WORST. Why me? Why this? Eventually we learn more productive question can be, what is this trying to teach me? Why am I having this experience, who am I supposed to BECOME because of this?" -Meghan Enriquez founder of True Conversations LLC

  • This TRUEcast was recorded LIVE during a live event at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore. It is brought to you by Asian Business Women of America and TRUE Conversations

Panelists: 

"Bing" Maria Slodzinski, Doctor of psychology and owner of Clear Sky Therapy, Towson

Maria T. Slodzinski, is a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) specializing in individual, couples and family therapy.  She was born in the Philippines. With over 15 years experience as a clinical psychologist in several hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland, she has ventured into private practice in 2011 working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD and other child behavioral problems.  Dr. Slodzinski maintains a private office in Towson, Maryland.

In addition to being a clinical psychologist, Dr. Slodzinski also trained pre-doctoral and postdoctoral psychology students from universities in Baltimore, Maryland.  She also successfully developed and managed an outpatient mental health program in Baltimore, where she held the position of Clinical Director for nine years.  

Dr. Slodzinski provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and develop effective coping skills. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help him or her build on personal strengths and achieve personal growth.

Margaret Kim, President and COO  AllCare of MD Urgent Care and Medi Spa

Margaret Kim joined her husband Dr. Kim in starting  AllCare of MD Urgent Care and Medi Spa over 10 years ago. She is American born and from Korean heritage. With her background in global product marketing and sales she was an ideal choice to run the successful urgent care centers. Margaret has over 15 years experience at AT&T in charge of global product management and marketing in South and Central America as well as several years experience at CheckFree Corporation as a VP in charge of a product management and marketing team. Margaret has also served on a number of boards including: a Council member for the Maryland Council of New Americans,  a Board of Trustees member for the Howard Hospital Foundation, a Advisory Board member for BB&T Bank,  a Board or Trustees member for the Columbia Foundation, a Board of Directors member of FIRN, a board member for the Korean American Council of Howard County, and a Board Member for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County as well as a board member for the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC). 

 

Zarif "Zoey" Sahin, Real Estate Broker at Keller Williams, and Global Properties Specialist Dulles, Virginia

Zarif lived in Germany and Turkey throughout her teenage years. She came to the United States in 1989 and made it her home. Having lived in Germany, Turkey, and the USA helped her understand and respect diverse cultures, which enable her to connect with people very quickly.

Zarif is a Real Estate Broker at Keller Williams Realty and a Global Property Specialist. She started her Real Estate career in 2006 and moved her way up to a top producing Realtor, despite the recession. She serves clients locally, nationally and internationally. She started as a consultant for buyers and sellers, but quickly was faced with the market crash in late 2008. Instead of panicking, Zarif saw it as an opportunity and educated herself on the distressed market. She was able to turn the challenges into her specialty as a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure. This helped Zarif not only find meaning in the work she does, but also stand out from the rest of the Realtors. Zarif has a vast amount of knowledge on real estate and therefore has become one of the sought after Realtors in the Northern Virginia area. Her hard work ethics and her attention to detail, in addition to her dedication to her clients ensures positive results.

Zarif has a tremendous ability to see the positive side of things in the most challenging of situations. She applied this skill to many areas of her life, both personally and professionally. She continues to improve herself in education, knowledge, and skills. Her social, analytical, and organizational skills help her to be successful, but her strong proficiency in negotiation is what ultimately gives her an advantage in her career.

In addition to Real Estate, Zarif now dedicates her time towards helping other women succeed and reach their goals in business. She currently served on the board of advisors for the Virginia Women’s Business Conference, where she launched the Business Mentoring Program. She serves on the board of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, a non- profit organization that helps survivors of domestic violence. She serves on the Agent Leadership Council at the KW Dulles market center. Zarif also held speaking engagements, such as TEDx, Sterling Women, and Girl Rising, in hopes to Inspire, motivate and teach people to be fearless.

Zarif is an avid runner and ran numerous marathons. Running has taught Zarif discipline, dedication, courage, and determination. She is able to demonstrate the marathon principles in her business, and believes “If your mind is set, nothing can stop you!”

Moderator: Meghan Enriquez founder of TRUE Conversations and President of Asian Business Women of America