On a year that we have all faced so many unknowns and wild uncertain days in our own personal ways. There have been for me and I would assume for a lot of us, a sliver lining that has propelled change, adapting, growth, belief and understanding in someone else. Where we maybe decide to shoot for the stars what ever that is for each of us and we do it while we have the time, energy and will to do so. Because if not now, then when? This Christmas a reminder that chipping away at your dreams no matter what you think might limit you, works if you just try and believe. And suddenly you are then propelled. And the real beauty in this is, you also see those around you believe in you more than maybe you ever have believed in yourself… like ever. Thank you for all of these amazing gifts of support and love from so many in my life all year long. Thank you for seeing and believing in me and what I’m trying to do and share. Which is simple …to believe in everyone and to be seen for me! A very Merry Christmas to all!
Being invited to speak at ICO Companies end of year summit with a theme of “Adapting to change” I love this. It ties in so well with my message on inclusion and is something that I have had to do and overcome my entire life which is adapt to an ever changing world. And when I think of those two words adapting and change. I think of flexibility, agility, willingness, and openness to experience new things in life. I think of the opportunity of progression. I think of personal growth and also the collective growth we will find together if we try. I think being in a transitional stage where we are in motion rather than stagnant where we are in a transitional stage of understanding. Where we are open to learn something new and find new ways to adapt, experience, accept and see. Where we are open to understand and believe in things in life we may not have prior. I love this and I can relate to it fully in my messaging. This event a great way to end a year of massive change which required adapting daily.
Yesterday was awesome! I was invited to speak in front my multifamily family at FPI Management, Virtual Heart Summit, where I delivered my “Heart of Inclusion” speech for the first time! Grateful for the opportunity and so beyond grateful for literally each one of them! The LOVE is real! ❤️ It was truly an honor to give a speech in front of my peers and I am so thankful for all of the positive feedback. Thank your so much for giving me a place to have my message heard! #WeAreTeamFPI
Looking forward to the next one! ☺️
I have always worked My first job, the first waitress in a wheelchair. An experiment on inclusion WAY before inclusion was a thing. It took an openminded forward thinking company to embark on such a journey and a huge part, my willingness to try. I would stun my guests carrying 15 margaritas on my lap as I weaved through tables delivering them. Every day I chose to go to work I had the massive opportunity to show the public “possible.” This story proves that people with disabilities could do any type of job even the jobs no one ever thought we could. Inclusion in the workplace is collaborative, it’s creative, it’s something we do together. It takes communication, adaptability and believing 100% in what we think is “impossible” to be “possible.” From waitress to VP of Sales at Knock to Motivational Speaker. Always proving to be a valued part of the team as a woman and more importantly a woman with a disability who can get the job done. We can’t assume what someone can or cannot do unless they say. These types of moments empower the workplace where inclusion and diversity lend itself to be valuable and hopefully widen the doors of opportunities for those that follow me are some my proudest moments. This post in honor of National Disability Employment Month!
This has been a week to remember. Two speeches, in my own industry, in front of my peers and a successful jam packed work week. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. Today I was asked to speak at GraceHill’s all hands meeting to celebrate National Disability Employment Month…an absolute honor beyond words. A quick 25min speech. And to receive back so much love and encouragement from their team, on a message that is so important to all of us collectively I’m at a loss in words as I reflect. My heart, my soul is SO full! To have the opportunities in my lifetime to impact change and progression even in the smallest of ways… Im speechless. And to receive real emotions back … gratitude is not enough to describe how thankful I am. The power in this is SO beyond me. To receive message like “Alycia, thank you for such a moving presentation. You are a beautiful human being! This really hit home today. Thank you thank you thank you!” #hithome OMG WOW! This is the validation that drives me! And its not about me. It’s about us and who follows us into a better tomorrow. Grateful ♥️🙏🏻
Looking forward to spending some time virtually for a keynote at the Apartment Association of Metro Denver FORWARD: 2020 HYBRID Education Conference and Trade Show this week! My next speaking opportunity on “The Empowerment of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace!” Excited to speak in front of my peers, in an industry I have found a happy home and amazing career and hopefully have a positive impact even if in the smallest way towards the progression of inclusion professionally!
I had the great privilege to be interviewed on the JuvoHub podcast. This podcast’s goal is to promote career growth and self-education in the property management realm. We discussed diversity, inclusion, and the responsibility that leaders have in the work-force and in life. We need to begin to strip away the barriers and get to the heart of the matter.
Come hang out with me and host Jonathan Saar as I continue my mission to motivate and invoke change through the power of diversity and inclusion.
I was asked in an interview recently:
If our country went to a 4-day work week, how would you spend your 5th day? My Answer:I would use the extra time to write more, speak more, and share my story more. I feel a calling to be a role model in inclusion, diversity, and belonging. This is my side hustle! Finding places to share my message and fine-tuning it to be impactful and poignant is something I feel could cause a lot of good.
This weekend on a very fitting Labor Day 3-day weekend, I decided to nestle in and write and create and explore content. The more I write and the deeper I am able to go, the content overtime seems to get richer and more impactful. I’m on a very personal journey in hopes to write that “ONE” speech. You know, the one that you see the most famous speakers of all giving over and over again. That most important speech which will stand the test of time. That one speech that even when you read it quietly on your-own, you get goosebumps and you’re affected and inspired in the moment yourself.
Imagining the potential impact if I’m lucky enough to be hired to deliver it, feels like it could be profound. But, even if no one ever hears my speech somehow that doesn’t matter because in the process I have grown again and developed even more in my own understanding and craft by digging deep and putting pen to paper.
“The Heart of Inclusion” Coming soon!
Happy Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the passing of the 19th Amendment. Giving us our equal right as strong, independent, thoughtful, impactful women to vote, to be included, to be heard and to be counted! Together let’s be change-makers!
Most people assume the tough part of my life is that I will never, ever walk. That a full and happy life is defined by walk vs roll. And though pushing through life instead of skipping has it’s challenges and unforeseen obstacles on the regular, this is actually often the interesting part of my life.
The hardest part of my life is the stuff that no one sees other than my totally awesome husband, who takes such good care of me when it does and Milo my puppy that will literally snuggle me for days back to health.
When that occasional kidney infection knocks on my door and completely takes me out of the normal busy major hustle of everyday career progression and dream chasing… like a total thief over night.
I’m not complaining at all. This is a road I’m required to travel, part of my journey into tomorrow and I’m fully aware of its magnitude and I’m grateful. But my point I guess is we all have stuff that is so much harder than the next person will ever see or know and we can’t assume what is visible on the outside is the most difficult all the time.
It’s these quiet personal triumphs that give us the strength, know how and confidence to completely overcome the other stuff that seem so giant in the moment.
P.S. back to work tomorrow ☺️