Today we have the pleasure of honoring the multifaceted leader, Nakisha Varlack, this powerhouse serves in many capacities and today we are privileged to share with you what we have learned about this amazing business leader. We discuss life as an Executive Public Servant and her days as a professional model. Check out our interview!!!
What is your name and what do you do?
Nakisha Varlack – An advocate who is committed to inspiring girls and young women around the country to recognize their inner ability to achieve greatness and reach their full potential. My desire to serve towards impacting the lives of young women and children resulted in becoming the Founder and CEO of Girl Power United (GPU), a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively empowering the lives of teenage girls through education, awareness, inspiration, and mentorship. In addition to my advocacy work, I’m a multi-faceted leader with a career as an executive public servant within the federal government.
Where are you from?
Born in Illinois and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands which is where I call home.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
Having been raised by two very supportive parents, I had a strong foundation in which they prepared me for the different experiences that I would encounter in my life. They instilled certain values that I use as a guide through my life’s journey.
Where did your passion come from?
I became a mother at the young age of 18. As a teenage mother and throughout my adulthood, I strive to live in my life’s purpose of creating a promising future for my daughters and to serve as a motivating example for other young women to view their aspirations as possibilities.
As a woman in your industry, is there a thin line between advocating for your stance in an issue or people viewing it as the emotions of a woman?
As a woman that entered the management field in the federal government at the young age of 22 years old, I learned very early in my career on how to master the skills of emotional intelligence in what is still considered to be a male dominated field. As a result, I’m able to be secure in using sound analytical reasoning to make the most difficult leadership decisions.
Who do you look to as inspiration?
First and foremost, my source of inspiration comes from my faith in God. I realize that my successes are attributed to the plan that God has for me. It is my goal to ensure that I am fully prepared to carry out his plan by obtaining the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities through continuous learning and different life experiences.
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?
The best piece of advice for achieving success is to stay focused on your goals, work hard towards those goals, and continuously strive to plan effectively for future development.
What do you love most about being a woman?
What I love most about being a woman is being able to recognize my true value.
What is one of your biggest accomplishments to date?
My biggest accomplishment to date is being a positive role model in the lives of my children and to others with whom I have mentored and guided over the years.
Is there anything in life that you wish you could do over?
If I could do my life over, I would work towards increasing the amount of lives in which I could have a positive impact on.
What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
The key to finding balance in your personal and professional life is to ensure that your passion and purpose are strategically aligned with both aspects of your life.
What is the gift and curse of being in your industry?
The gift of working in the federal government has been the satisfaction that I receive from being committed to serving the public. In contrast, the public can be very critical of the services that we provide.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
That I modeled professionally for three years while living overseas in Japan.
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
If I had to choose, I would be a Chihuahua. Although Chihuahua’s are small and cute, they are a fearless and a confident and powerful force to be reckoned with.
What does the future hold for you?
I hope to be a part of an organization where I can have the greatest impact by applying my knowledge, experience, and leadership qualities to achieve success.
Where can people find you?