"If you don't have the strength you need to serve and protect others -you're no good.
So you might as well do what you need for a day."
On this episode of EvolveHer Unpacked, SEEN Edition, Taylor Shine had the honor of interviewing Cleo Cowley, where they discussed the power of perseverance and how to turn tragedy into change.
In 2013, her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton was murdered in Chicago, just days after performing at Barack Obama's inauguration.
Cleo could have withdrawn. She could have let the overwhelm of her loss take over. Instead, she took this horrific experience and turned it into an opportunity to help other people.
Cleo shares that it's okay to put yourself first, it's okay not to be at your best performance and lay low for a day (or more) to recharge - that way you can come out stronger on the other side.
MORE ABOUT CLEO COWLEY:
As a tenured leader at TransUnion, Cleo leverages her expertise in Big Data to consult with clients on how TransUnion solutions can help them grow their business.
Additionally, Cleo is Vice President on the Board of TransUnion’s Africa Diaspora Alliance Networking Resource Group (ADAN), an advocate group on behalf of associates in the Black Community. ADAN is a resource that raises awareness, celebrates and recognizes the Black culture. ADAN fosters an environment where associates feel empowered and provide a safe space for associates to be their authentic self. Throughout TU Cleo is valued as a trusted partner that encourages Diversity and Inclusion.
Outside of TU, Cleo is a Mother, Trusted Partner, Friend, Comedian, Soror (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), Activist and Small Business Owner.
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Alicia Driskill, Founder of EvolveHer, curates events and workshops that help women evolve and live a life they love. Prior to launching evolveHer, Alicia worked as VP of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world’s most innovative companies. She also served as a Senior Executive at Live Nation and People.com. After a 17 yr career in entertainment & media working alongside the industry’s elite, Alicia decided to evolve her own career path and disrupt the Chicago market by opening EvolveHer, Chicago’s first creative workspace designed for women. Alicia also serves as an active Luminary Member of Step Up, a non-profit organization that helps girls fulfill their potential. Follow Alicia on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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