How Stephanie Found Career Bliss

Stephanie came to Bootcamp hungry for a change. She loved the mission she was working towards, but her position left little room for advancement and she wasn’t sure where her career was heading anymore.

A Texas native, Stephanie had been in D.C. for nearly a decade, and the constant hustle left her homesick and unhappy. Does having ambition have to feel this hard?

After Bootcamp, Stephanie made some major moves that proved the answer is “no,” and now she’s happy to report in from her new job – and her new home in the Lone Star State.

Emilie: Congrats on the new job, Stephanie! Tell us about it.

Stephanie: I love it! I work for Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) as the community responsibility specialist. I am responsible for the donor development and engagement for Silver & Black Give Back, which is the non-profit partner for SS&E’s family of teams (Spurs, Stars & Rampage) and it is wonderfully rewarding.

I’m so excited to be a part of an organization that really walks the walk when it comes to investing in its community.

E: You made a big move from D.C. to Texas for this new position, right?

S: Yes! San Antonio is my hometown, actually. I graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2005 and moved to D.C. to attend graduate school and start my career. After attending Bootcamp, I began questioning what I could do to really focus on prioritizing my happiness – personally, professionally, mentally, and emotionally.

I realized I wanted to be closer to my family, and it all came together when I was offered a position with SS&E.

E: How did you decide to make the move?

S: Moving back to Texas was a difficult decision for me. The idea of leaving behind my best friend, a great circle of mentors, and a city that I love terrified me. Not to mention taking a step back financially and accepting a totally new kind of position in development.

I was burned out in D.C., though, and my career wasn’t going the way I envisioned. I was eager to grow professionally, so I started looking for new, expanding my search to the San Antonio area, where my family is based. Being closer to them was the ultimate deciding factor.

E: Nice – and how do you feel about it now?

S: I am so grateful that I did it! From day one with SS&E, I knew it was all worth it – the fear, the move, tears, and the heartache.

Not only am I back near my family, I finally found the professional family that I had spent the last 10 years of my career looking for. I’m home.

E: Amazing. What has this crazy journey taught you?

I learned that sometimes you have to be patient in order to reap the rewards that you’ve been working toward. It’s a lesson that I always shared with the students I worked with, but never allowed myself to take to heart because I was blinded my own career ambition.

E: Damn, woman! I am SO proud of you. Did your experience at Bootcamp help?

S: Definitely! I was so inspired by your story, Emilie, and I’m not just saying that either. The risks that you took in your own career was inspiring. I remember sitting in Bootcamp and wishing I had the confidence to make moves like that, too.

The community of support I gained through Bootcamp encouraged me in the weeks and months afterwards and helped me identify potential jobs that would be the right fit. They gave me the strength I needed to continue at it until I found my current position.

Thank you, Emilie, for working hard to inspire women everywhere. As we say at my new job, “Together, we have the power to empower!”

E: Thank you, boss! You inspire ME to keep bossin. xo!


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