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Homemade with Heart

Homemade with Heart

Last month, our world turned upside down. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread like wildfire throughout America, states began shutting down. Everyone was on lockdown; we still are. This worldwide pandemic has affected everyone in some way, whether it be losing a job, a loved one battling the disease, or finding essentials scarce on grocery store shelves. As the situation changed, so did the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations. First, it was simply wash your hands, practice shielding coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect surfaces frequently to prevent the spread of illnesses like the coronavirus. As weeks progressed, the recommendations …

Meet Violeta Banuelos

Meet Violeta Banuelos

At the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, women are leading the way. They’re mothers, mentors, military veterans, community volunteers, and operators. Our women are leaders. Read all the interviews we held in our Women of the 20th blog series to learn how they each became the leaders they are today. Tell us about your tenure with the Company, including promotions and moves, and provide a brief description of your current role. “I started my career as a General Manager with the TMX Finance® Family of Companies in 2012. When I was offered the position of Business Service Manager in 2017, …

Meet Heather Kennedy-Canedo

Meet Heather Kennedy-Canedo

At the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, women are leading the way. They’re mothers, mentors, military veterans, community volunteers, and operators. Our women are leaders. Read all the interviews we held in our Women of the 20th blog series to learn how they each became the leaders they are today. Tell us about your journey with the Company? “I currently serve as a Financial Systems Manager for the TMX Finance® Family of Companies.  Our department manages a wide range of projects and systems that integrate with and impact the core accounting systems, including our loan/pawn management systems and reporting tools. …

Meet Nikki Gaharan

Meet Nikki Gaharan

At the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, women are leading the way. They’re mothers, mentors, military veterans, community volunteers, and operators. Our women are leaders. Read all the interviews we held in our Women of the 20th blog series to learn how they each became the leaders they are today. Tell us about your journey with the Company. “I began my career at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies in May of 2018. I started as a Product Manager for Personal Loans. As my role grew, I also added the Universe Silver™ Deposit Account to my suite of projects. I …

Meet Jennifer Harris

Meet Jennifer Harris

At the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, women are leading the way. They’re mothers, mentors, military veterans, community volunteers, and operators. Our women are leaders. Read all the interviews we held in our Women of the 20th blog series to learn how they each became the leaders they are today. Tell us about your journey with the Company. “I’ve been with the Company since May of 2015, when I was initially hired  as Employment and Corporate Counsel. In that role (and in the role of Sr. Employment and Corporate Counsel, which I was promoted to in 2016), I focused entirely …

Meet Fran Keller

Meet Fran Keller

At the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, women are leading the way. They’re mothers, mentors, military veterans, community volunteers, and operators. Our women are leaders. Read all the interviews we held in our Women of the 20th blog series to learn how they each became the leaders they are today. What has been one of your most empowering moments at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies? “The opportunity to continuously build an incredible team by setting clear expectations, encouraging, motivating, and watching them grow into the future leaders of our Company is the most empowering thing that I can or …

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Something my grandmother used to say, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” A well-known scripture, Proverbs 31, speaks of a virtuous woman with a list of qualities that Michelle Johnson-Murphy strives to reach daily. This is her focus scripture and while the tasks may seem impossible to achieve, those who know the Director of Payroll would consider her honorable, wise, and selfless. What many people don’t know is that Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degrees, and a Ph.D coming down the pipeline. Her passion for continuous learning came at an early age when …

Be Proud of Your Race and Culture

Be Proud of Your Race and Culture

“The unwillingness to try is worse than any failure” Nikki Giovanni (Author, Poet Laureate, Philanthropist) The privilege of growing up in a military family afforded me the opportunity to travel. Through those travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people from diverse cultures, races, and ethnic backgrounds.  Those experiences taught me an important lesson which I continue to carry in my daily life: Be Proud of Your Race and Culture.   While other countries celebrate all facets of their culture every day of the year, in America, the African American culture is acknowledged and celebrated for the designated month of February, …

What Black History Means to Me

What Black History Means to Me

What does Black History mean to me? Black History to me means that without some of the great leaders who have come before me, I wouldn’t have the same opportunities I, or any of us, have today.  Black History Month in my household is not celebrated just February; it is every day of every month. I have three children. It’s very important my children know the life we live wasn’t given but earned, and a lot of people paid a hefty price for us to live the way we do. I have a daughter, who is a freshman in college. …

Forgive to Rebuild

Forgive to Rebuild

In American race relations there’s room for one thing – forgiveness.  It’s like a spoonful of liquid medicine. It is important, it heals, it strengthens. How many times have I walked in front of someone and not held the door?  Then seconds later thought, “ugh, that was silly, why didn’t I hold the door?”  Then those days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to let another driver into my lane.  So, I just speed by and let them get in whenever, however.  The best thing I can do when I am aware that I haven’t made room …

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