How I Lead My Team and My Family

Today I’m thrilled to interview an incredible Bossed Up Bootcamp alum who’s on the threshold of motherhood herself.

Emilie: Go ahead – introduce yourself to our community, Helen!

Helen: Hey, bosses! I am a first generation Korean-American. I am inspired every day by my parents, and the sacrifices they made so that I can lead a better life.

My dream since high school was to join the Peace Corps. Nine years later, as a volunteer in Georgia, I identified my personal mission: to help vulnerable families so they can lead more sustainable, independent, and healthy lives. That mission continues to drive me in my current role on Capitol Hill, where I work for an inspiring Member of Congress and his stellar office.

A new child and a new company

E: That’s great, Helen. So what’s this grand new adventure you’re working on now?

H: Well there are two, really. My husband and I are just days away from becoming parents, which is beyond thrilling. We’re also about to launch another “baby” of sorts, my very own specialty side hustle: a condiment line called “Ketchung!”

Six months ago at Bossed Up Bootcamp, I mentioned this idea for a venture when talking through my goals. Six months later, we are now just days away from making our first batch, and my face is about to be plastered on the bottle labels! 

E: Wow – that’s ambitious!

H: Yea. At first I wasn’t sure if this would be possible. We’re not even halfway through the year, but it’s already been one of the most physical and emotional roller coaster rides ever. I lost my father in February. In fact, his funeral was held on my birthday. At the same time, my pregnancy has had more than its fair share of unexpected twists and turns, with some of those surprises being quite scary. But despite all of this, my husband and I have set our sights on this new business venture.

Why not us? Why not now?

E: So tell me, Helen: why now?

H: I think the combination of all of these big life moments stoked the fire within me to not hold back and to just go for it. There are no guarantees, ever. So why not now?

I’m not jaded about the challenges that lay ahead, but this has also been an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling adventure – designing our label, learning about the specialty foods market, and working closely with my husband. He’s always been the biggest fan of my spicy ketchup – and wants to share it with the world.

Truthfully, I feel my father would be so proud and ecstatic of me being a new mom and an entrepreneur.

Becoming a more aware, assertive advocate

E: That’s beautiful, Helen. Did Bossed Up Bootcamp help kick-start this journey?

H: Totally. Bossed Up Bootcamp impacted me in 3 major ways: awareness, assertiveness, and advocacy.

I left with heightened awareness of myself, my goals, and my values. I have a new level of confidence in being an assertive leader who knows how to leverage my voice. And it helped me advocate for myself – fight for my worth and my values. This was especially empowering for me, as I began to negotiate in the workplace for my first time.

E: What advice do you have for other women who want to level up their leadership skills?

H: It’s your turn to get bossed up! Find your voice, your personal mission or motto. Remember and respect your history – where you came from, your culture, language, life’s heroes. And of course, don’t forget to laugh and love.

 


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