This profile originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Bowdoin magazine.
Major: Africana Studies
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Title: President, GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning
Greatest influence: My maternal grandmother’s passing changed the direction of my life because she worked really hard and didn’t have an opportunity to grow in the cleaning profession. Her battle with cancer, speculated to be a result of using harsh cleaning chemicals, reminded me that I had to begin making a positive impact in this world, because I will not be here forever.
Most rewarding part of my job: Creating opportunities for the people in my community. My business creates jobs for an underserved demographic. We have a company culture that cares about our staff in a real way, like a part of the family.
Simplest thing people can do to help the environment: Become informed about what’s going on in the world around them, and join conversations about environmental issues. Being “green” is not only about being aware of our environment in the way that we dispose of items or how much electricity we use, it’s also about being socially conscious.
Actress that would play me in a movie: Kerry Washington. Kerry’s first film, Our Song, was, incidentally, the first film I lead a full PR campaign for [in a previous job], so we spent a lot of time together.
I can’t live without: My staff. It was my dream to be in business for myself, and I certainly couldn’t do it by myself. Every day, my staff shows up and gives 200% to make my dream possible.