Alumni on the Move - July 2017

Reina Valdez Asian Discovery, Class of 2016

Reina Valdez

Asian Discovery, Class of 2016

Reina Valdez recently joined the Associate Board of the 253 Club, YWCA.

I am who I am today because of the people around me, who made an effort and cared about me. Whatever I do, I put 100% effort. In EDI, I learned the importance of giving back. I don't have a good method of how to give back most efficiently, but it doesn't matter, as long as I put 100% effort into anything that I do. I feel that community, work, and environment are what we build. We need to build them together to create the result we want to see. Through EDI’s community project, I experienced the process of planning and execution. As a team, we had an outstanding result!

I remember one of EDI's session was on risk-taking. For me, becoming a board member is a huge risk. I will be stepping out of my comfort zone, but I know it will be very rewarding. The EDI program was a nine-month journey, yet it still continues to influence me for the rest of my life.

With the opportunity I’m given as a board member, I’d love to see the organization make a difference in the community we serve. In order for us to become a strong community, we need to nurture the youth with open arms and provide them the skills to be impactful. At the end, these young leaders will continue to do the work we started.

253 Club is only two-years old, but I feel I’m lucky to see the growth as I grow along with the organization. The 253 Club engages rising leaders in building awareness of YWCA’s values and facilitating community involvement. YWCA's mission is to empower women and eliminate racism.

At EDI, I loved learning about behavior styles and have been applying what I've learned - I’m amazed by how effective it is. Recently, I was assigned a task to “execute” on a launch of a new department. Learning about behavior styles definitely helped in this process since I needed to work with so many people and departments who helped make it successful.

I’m blessed to have such a huge support system in my personal and professional life. Special thanks to my parents and my husband. I used to do things to make others happy, but now I try do things for myself. With that thought process, I expected others to appreciate me, provide me with feedback, etc. My husband made me realize that I need to start doing things for me because of how helping others made me feel.

I’m helping others because I feel great by doing so. To me, the more work I put in, the more results I see. If I can see the result, that’s better, but now I simply like the pleasure of making other people’s days, or making a positive difference. It’s really simple, but it took me years to understand this concept.