by Claire Hansen · 20 Jul 2020 · 5 min read
I've worked in Human Resources for nearly a decade, and throughout all my roles, I've passionately incorporated diversity initiatives to help make companies more inclusive. Recently, many businesses have made public pledges around diversity in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. Statements are one small step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done.
For twelve years, Evy Poumpouras put her life on the line almost every single day. But she never let fear run the show. As a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service and a part of the Presidential Protective Division for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Poumpouras had plenty to be scared of, but when she talks about her experience, one thing is clear: she is always in control, even in her confidence that you can't plan for everything.
Let's be honest — we're all facing scary and unprecedented challenges in the workplace right now. Blurred lines between work and home life. Never-ending Zoom meetings. No compelling reason to get out of PJs and into work clothes. Sound familiar?With all of this and more, the global pandemic has put my mental health under more strain than ever before. But the coping mechanisms I used in the past may not cut it now. So I decided to learn some new techniques on how to deal with this "new normal." And that's how I learned about primal therapy.
We're living through an unprecedented time. It's scary, but I've been here. I started my career working for design firms in 1993, then added a side venture in the mid-90s, a custom kid's bed linen business that I ran for 10 years. In the late 90s, I added a second moonlighting layer (because who needs a social life in their 20s): smaller, then bigger interior design projects in whatever waking hours I had. In 2004, I got an opportunity from one of those side clients to launch my own interior design firm. It took a nagging gut instinct to make the leap, but I'm grateful that I said yes.
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