Vice President of Community Development Gateway Health
23 Years in the Health Industry
OW: What has been your greatest inspiration?
MM: My greatest inspiration was Bernard Jones, executive director of Urban Youth Action, an educational job training and life skills organization for high school students. Leadership skills and the opportunity to volunteer and manage a department of other teenagers paved the way for management positions throughout my career.
OW: Name one person who you consider to be a great role model and tell us why.
MM: My mother, Vera Davis Hill, was my greatest inspiration. For her, spiritual development, higher education, culture, and volunteerism were significant components of living a successful life. “You can always help someone who has less than you.” “Don’t expect anyone to give you anything.” “Put it in the Master’s hand.” Her hard work ethic, high energy level, and determination enabled her to obtain a college degree while working full-time and managing a family.
OW: What is the biggest career mistake that you have ever made?
MM: My biggest career mistake was not joining the Peace Corps. I didn’t achieve this goal and regret that I missed the experience.
OW: What was the best thing that you have ever done, which got you where you are today?
MM: The best thing I did in my career was to take a risk and leave my comfort zone of Human Resources for a Marketing and External Affairs position in a managed care organization, which provides service to low-income populations. Personal satisfaction from helping others motivates me to do a better job for those who need it most.
OW: What advice would you give to anyone about following their dreams? |
MM: Follow your dreams and be open to, and flexible with, new opportunities that may not be on your list. Know your passion and spend the most time preparing for what makes you happy. Identify your goals and continue learning about yourself. Accept constructive criticism and seek mentors in your selected field. “Nothing beats a failure but a try.” Do not become easily defeated when plans are unsuccessful, and continue to work your plan. Two keywords are essential for success: preparation and work.