Each week during Women’s History Month, we will feature a woman in leadership who has made a significant impact here at Favorite. This week’s Women in Leadership spotlight is Christyna Belgrave, Director of Allied Health Services. Over the course of her nine years at Favorite, Christyna was determined to advance her career and has held a total of four roles. She joined Favorite as a Recruiter and soon after was promoted to Senior Recruiter and then Operations Manager. In her current role as Director, Christyna says, “I am excited to keep growing, expand my knowledge, and continue to learn from others.”
We asked Christyna to reflect on her career and what Women’s History Month means to her. Keep reading to see what she had to say.
Tell us about a woman, or women, who inspires you to be the leader you are today.
“My stepmom worked as a Project Management Director for a large phone company, which was mainly a male dominated industry. I was able to see how she led her group with confidence, held her team accountable, and was still able to gain their respect as their leader. She worked hard to get to the position she was in, but she never let her fears hold her back.”
How do you set an example for the next generation of women leaders?
“I think it’s always important to share your knowledge with others, allow them to share their talents, give others opportunities to shine, and always be aware of the example you are setting in every situation.”
What do you want to shine a light on this Women’s History Month and why?
“I want to shine a light on all the hats that women wear throughout their life. It is truly incredible to see all the responsibilities that women have and how they are able to handle them so gracefully—being a working woman, being a mother who is engaged with her kids, being a great friend, being an amazing wife, etc.”
What advice would you give to your 25-year-old self?
“Don’t be afraid to fail because failure allows for teachable moments that will help you to succeed the next time. Also, everyone has insecurities, but it’s important to recognize them and embrace them. Don’t let your insecurities to stop you from doing whatever you want in life.”
What advice would you give to aspiring female leaders?
“Do everything in life to the best of your ability. My grandmother raised me to give 100% effort in everything I do. Whether I am cleaning a toilet or leading a meeting, I strive to perform to the best of my capabilities. Doing this will fill you with self-pride that no one can take away.”
What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
“My Family—my husband, three sons and extended family keep me motivated daily. Also, my work family. I love being able to be inspired by their accomplishments, both professionally and personally.”
What motto do you live by?
“Don’t make yourself small so that others will feel comfortable.”
After asking Christyna to reflect on Women’s History Month, she wanted to leave everyone with one final thought: “Always strive for growth and learning opportunities. In order to grow, you may have to be in uncomfortable situations, but pushing through the discomfort will put you one step closer to your goals.”
Previous 2022 Women in Leadership Spotlights
Week 1: Alexis Guzman, Branch Director of New York City
Week 2: Megan Barnes, Vice President of People and Culture