We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Finch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I must admit there are so many quotes and affirmations that resonate with me, but the one quote which sticks out the most is Shirley Chisolm’s quote. The late Shirley Chisholm, a trailblazer, was a black woman elected to Congress in 1968. Mrs. Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” I admire her as she didn’t ask for permission; she owned her right to lead. She was a brave black woman in leadership who didn’t ask but demanded earned respect to be seen and heard doing what she said she would do in giving a voice to the voiceless. I identify with being an African American woman continuously seeking to reach my highest potential to be apart of critical discussions and making decisions. I’ve learned such a viable lesson to stand for the right things, never allowing others to feel comfortable at my discomfort. I use my platform as a professional in Human Resources and a certified Life Coach to speak with intent, which has allowed me to sit at many tables. Being accepted and invited to other tables is a start but not the end. I am creating tables to invite others to join me and host the discussions that make a difference in various communities, using those opportunities to carry me across multiple states.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart from others is that I don’t struggle or force myself to fit in or be apart of anything that doesn’t organically allow me to be my authentic self. My personal quote in all spaces, regardless if it is work or private, is “what you see is what you get”. Having no control of how the world chooses to see me, I can only represent myself as the person God has created and evolved me to be, so I show up unapologetically as Mary Finch. Being my authentic self has gotten me far in life and welcomed by many, but being welcomed and invited doesn’t mean accepting every invitation. My discernment leads me to protect myself, my heart, my mind, and my peace. I want the world to know Mary Finch as a woman of God and the legacy I’m creating. My brand is Coaching, which I have done and continue to do in many spaces. Learning is a part of life’s evolution, so I coach in confidence, personal and professional development. I’ve learned that there is a time to listen and time to advise/talk when invited, so recognizing my relationships and placing them appropriately has been vital to respect others’ needs instead of imposing my wants on them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During a week-long trip, I would attend a Sox Game because I love the food. I would dine at pappaadeaux Seafood Kitchen. I would visit the DuSable Museum of African American history. The Shed Aquarium, and come home for a long nap because I am a homebody, so I would stay home and order food while watching movies.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I attribute my growth and development to my community. My community continues to motivate me, protect me, promote me, challenge me, and allows me space for silence to recoup, rethink and renew. My community supported me when I was ready to have an active presence. My God is my everything, so He will always be first in command for honor and thanks. My husband, Eric Finch, my parents Martha and Bernard Jenkins, my sister Felicia Washington and my numerous close friends spread across multiple states and those friends who are members of the Divine 9. Last but not least, sending a special shout out to my Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In September of 2020, I established my coaching business brand under the name Growth Consultants, LLC. In November of 2020, I published my first book, A Guide for women in Leadership, Navigating the Workplace while Fulfilling God’s agenda. www.