Today's Black History Month Spotlight is Carla Young, Property Management Professional at Aldon Management and member of our NextExec Committee!
Q: What is the most important event or milestone to occur in your lifetime?
A: Two years ago I received a phone call at 3:00 a.m. from the Veterans Hospital in Baltimore that my father had a cardiac arrest and he would not survive. That was the fastest I ever traveled from Bethesda to Baltimore in my life! Three days later he awakened from his coma and ever since he has been making small strides within his recovery.
Being able to talk with him each day when doctors feared he would not talk again. Watching him walk even for just a few steps when doctors feared he would be bed ridden. That is the kind of strength, faith, and determination he has continued to convey despite the odds. My father motivates me each and every day to never give up and to always remain grateful.
Q: Who has been the most inspiring leader to influence you in your personal and professional career?
A: My high school Business and Marketing teacher, Mrs. Jacquelyn Greene, who not only was my teacher and mentor, but also a dear friend. She was a devoted educator to all of her students. She instilled in us the importance of both college and career preparation. Mrs. Greene would often remind us that as strong, African-American Women, we deserve our seat in the boardroom. Sadly, Mrs. Greene passed away two years after my high school graduation from complications related to breast cancer and lupus. Our head of the business department once said. “With most people, you get sick, you stay home, you get better. She couldn’t do that. She had to come in.” That is the kind of legacy she left behind for her students. When you are passionate about what you do there is no other option than to keep doing it.
Q: What is the most important conversation that the business community should be having?
A: The dynamics of business has never looked more different than it does today. It is imperative that employers solicit conversations with their employees and truly learn what matters most. Reinvesting in the on-going training and education of employees is still lacking in many organizations. When employers realize that it’s not all about the bonuses and paid vacations but rather the support and guidance shown to their employees, then they will in turn reinvest into the company.
Aldon Management is committed to providing quality living apartment homes in the Northwest Washington, D.C., and Suburban Maryland communities of Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Many of our residents have called us home for over 20 years. Aldon doesn’t just stop at leasing out apartment homes. Aldon organizes on-going resident events throughout the year creating a sense of community and fellowship. Working closely with neighboring organizations to extend a monthly discount program to their employees. At Aldon Management, we are dedicated to giving back to our communities through our annual charitable donation and volunteer efforts. Aldon stands for exceptional service, performance, and integrity for generations to come.
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