Crosstown Solutions highly values Company Culture and as a result two of our very own forward-thinking leaders have launched ‘Motivational Women’s Tuesday’s’. Our top Account Managers, Ms. Thea-Donora Williams & Ms. Shani Shand speak about their psychology behind forming this book club in a corporate setting.
Thea-Donora Williams, 39, originally from Atlanta, Ga, made the move to Brooklyn, NY in February of 2013. “I’ve been with Crosstown Solutions for about 14 weeks.” Ms. Williams mentioned when I asked her how she came to find herself as a vital member of the Crosstown Team. Ms. Williams hails from the restaurant industry which was heavily hit hard by COVID-19 and left many without a job. As a result, Ms. Williams found herself branching out and taking a step into the open arms of Crosstown Solutions. Here she is thriving and is an integral part of our team.
Shani Shand, 26, was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Shand has been with the Crosstown Team for 3 Months and is also a mom to a beautiful five-year-old. Prior to her role with the company Ms. Shand was working two jobs; one as a Post Production assistant at Bigfish Entertainment and the other; as a Customer Care Agent at American Airlines. At LGA Airport (another industry that suffered severely due to COVID-19). Immediately she started searching but “I was very picky with where I wanted to work. I was looking for Growth and Financial Stability”. Ms. Shand finally found what she was looking for here at Crosstown Solutions, and since then has never looked back.
Together Ms. Williams & Ms. Shand teamed up to form an alliance and in that alliance was born the Women Empowerment Book Club.
Book Club Motto:
“Until Ownership and then some…”
How The Book Club was Created
“We started the book club to begin to carve out a support system in the office where we don’t just read great books about business and self-improvement, but also to help foster what we hope will be some lasting business relationships,” said Ms. Willaims. “We’re in a male-driven industry and because of that, our voices may sometimes feel muted” commented Ms. Shand. “There is strength in numbers and in the Book Club, we discuss our views on the business and brainstorm how our offices will operate within the system and how we can do our part as women to not just make the office that we currently work in better but the industry itself. But what we really hope we’re doing throughout it all is building one another up to strengthen all of our individual voices.”
Who Can Participate
We open the book club to all women in every company in the office and every campaign. Even our amazing administrators are welcome. All messages are communicated through an app so that we can all stay on the same page.
Choosing the Book:
Ms. Williams and Ms. Shand are open to suggestions, “we focus on female authors but it’s not exclusive”.
When selecting the first book to kickstart the club “we wanted to read a book that can work as a piece of reference material. You’re a Badass by Jen Sincero is a book you can open to any page and pick-up a gem to remind you of who you are and that you’re worthy of achieving all of your goals no matter what your mind tells you” mentioned Ms. Williams.
Our second book is Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. The book looks at the way fear keeps us stagnant and learning how to say ‘yes’ to using our voices. It shows us that just by saying that 3 letter word can get very far in life.