Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Hernandez.
Wendy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After college, I went into agency recruiting and human resources. I excelled at sales and very quickly became the top recruiter at my firm and took on the role of training others in my team, but just as quickly I burned out and after a year and a half, I transitioned into Human Resources, which I found to be too rigid for my personality, so I decided to follow my passion and go to graduate school for a master in creative writing.
While in graduate school, I worked as an assistant for an up-and-coming Headmaster at a Boston high school, and with every promotion, she would bring me along as her assistant. I worked closely with her on special projects, operations, creating administrative systems, even managing aspects of human resources and writing grant proposals. It was a unique opportunity and I had a lot of autonomy to design my role. My mentor became a well-known school-turnaround expert and encouraged me to move into teaching. I went back to graduate school, this time for a Masters of Education, and taught for a few years. True to fashion, I became a teacher leader and instructional coach. I commanded the room as a teacher, brought my creativity to each lesson, and perfected the art of modifying instruction.
Yet, what I loved most were the moments when I was planning the logistics for a lesson, when I was behind my computer creating a PowerPoint presentation, or when I was creating the perfect spreadsheet to track student progress. I missed working on the operations side.
While working in education, I built strong relationships with influential leaders who would often share how they wished they had someone like me on their team. I noticed a need, and in January 2014, I quit my job with my mentor’s stamp of approval, “They are going to love you, but if it doesn’t work out, you always have a job with me,” she told me.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest challenge has really been creating work-life balance. There is so much to do as an entrepreneur, and that can be very overwhelming, which can leave us neglecting our own needs. I’ve learned to delegate and be kind to myself every day.
LionsPride Assistant, LLC – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a full-range administrative consulting service with a focus on supporting high-profile executives, entrepreneursand philanthropists. Our clients are award-winners, trailblazers and industry-experts.
We offer four branches of services: administrative support, events and meeting coordination, writing, and social media management. I would say that my educational background and diverse experience set me apart from the traditional administrative assistant. I can do travel arrangements, calendar management, and expense reports, but I can also write proposals, speeches, employment contracts, HR policies, and translate documents in English or Spanish. I am very well-versed and that has been a real value for my clients.
I assist so many brilliant minds and I am just so grateful that they trust me and choose me to work by their side. It’s really such an honor and privilege to witness how they are changing the world in their respective industries and fields. I also take a lot of pride in my principles: loyalty, honesty, and integrity. Being very clear on those values has helped me define a niche.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is tenaciously living authentically, going to sleep at night with a sense of accomplishment and peace. I measure success by this type of balance, and I truly believe that when you live truthfully and genuinely, when you do what speaks to your soul, everything else falls into place because that is how the Universe works. Water seeks its own level.
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