I had the pleasure of working with Kandace early on in my retail career. She is someone I’ve always admired for her natural leadership abilities. In the 3 years I worked for her, she not only taught me how to be a better manager but also a better person. She was very challenging to work for but she always spoke from the heart and managed to get the best out of you. Kandace inspired me to pursue the next step in my retail career, I followed her footsteps. She has that kind of impact on people. I wouldn’t be where I am at today if it wasn’t for her mentor-ship. I certainly miss working with her.
I was so fortunate that Kandace became a part of my career path a few years ago; Kandace is a strong leader and a true motivator to have in your life. She gave me so much insight and knowledge of how to become a better manager and keep a strong focus on what I can make of myself in my career. Kandace was beyond inspirational and continues to be for me; she has always been able to keep me on the path of success and has really provided much wisdom and influence in shaping the person I have become today.
Kandace held very high standards and expected a lot from me as a General Manager. In turn, this encouraged me to do the same with my team. She was always supportive in helping me to reach the top and succeed! She believed in me and built my self-confidence in my own capabilities. She truly brought out the best in me and taught me to never settle with mediocre standards.
Kandace inspired me from the moment I met her. I was interviewing for a company I knew very little about. I sat down with her and was immediately in awe of how passionate she was. She sold me on the company culture and mission. It was a challenge and there were times I felt I was in over my head. Kandace saw my potential and pushed me to reach for my dreams. She helped me tap into my leadership abilities and learn to fly. I consider her my friend and my mentor. Whenever I have doubted myself in my life’s journey I look to her and what she has accomplished in her life and it helps me refocus. I have seen her inspire so many different people to succeed. She has no idea the impact she has had on not only myself but so many others. Her determination to continually challenge herself and never give up is an inspiration for us all. If I could even be half the person she is in life I would consider myself very lucky indeed. Kandace is a literal Superwoman!
I have spent almost half my life telling anyone who will listen in any business or leadership environment about this woman I know, Kandace. Just under twenty years ago I was working in a small store- Hot Topic; in a medium size mall- Coronado; in the biggest little town- Albuquerque, NM. Kandace was hired as our District Manager and came into my life on a whirlwind of smiles, affirmations, boisterous laughter, and yes- fishnet stockings.
From the beginning of our relationship this woman has impressed me. Not only is she stunning to behold, but she is brilliant, strategic, supportive, and downright hilarious. Her use of daily affirmation to set the tone of the day, week, and often the hour showed me that you truly can set your own expectation of every moment in life- even if it got away from you for a time.
Kandace taught me that you can raise a family; get a degree; have a career; and still enjoy life- previously unheard of in my sphere. She taught me that it is acceptable to fail if you learn from those mistakes...