Thanks for joining us for another chat with RBLP’s faculty in our ongoing #MeetTheTeam series! Today we’re talking with Dr. Juanique Wallace, RBLP-T!
Hi Juanique! Thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.
That’s a loaded question but here goes: I am just a girl from a small town known as the Good Life City called Albany, GA. Daughter of McKinnely Williams and Juana Jones; wife to Allen Keith; mother to Bria, Chéyron, Keith Jr., Austin, and The Jeremiah; sister to the most distinguished, determined, and dedicated ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (special shout out to my Linesisters of Eclectic 39); Captain in the United States Navy with Human Resources as my career specialty; and a passionate mentor focused on leader development.
What can you tell us about your education and career background before you started working with RBLP?
As a 29-year active-duty member of the Navy, I’ve had an interesting academic journey. I enlisted right after high school and after some timely advice, I applied for an officer program with four years of service. As a result of that decision, I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University, two masters degrees – one in Operation Analysis from the Navy Postgraduate School and one in Strategic Studies from the Army War College – and a doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University.
Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?
Too many to count, but Chief Warrant Officer 3 (ret) Mark Bordas was instrumental in helping me select for a Navy Officer program in the mid-1990s when not many Naval Officers looked like me. More recent mentors are Rear Admiral (ret) Annie B. Andrews and Captain (ret) Voressa Booker – both graduates of HBCUs, who went on to have phenomenal Naval careers – and my mother, Juana Jones, whose quiet strength ignited my determination.
What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?
Leadership is my passion and having had transformational leaders to guide, correct, and mentor me made it imperative for me to give back. Talking with Dr. Gene Coughlin last year offered me the setting to pay it back and forward!
In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?
Recognizing an obstacle or challenge and steadying your resolve to foster the appropriate solutions time and time again. One thing I’ve learned in the Navy, is that the only thing constant is change and how one approaches those changes while leading others speaks volumes towards personal and organizational resilience.
What is the most important components, in your opinion, that you try to convey to every team that you train under the RBLP certification program?
That a psychologically safe environment strengthened by authentic leadership is essential in building cohesive and resilient teams.
What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?
Meeting and learning from so many phenomenal leaders, both clients and colleagues.
In your time as an RBLP instructor, what is one of your best memories of a training program that you’ve accomplished with a company and why?
Getting an email that a client has attained their RBLP certification! Our growing family of resilient leaders will only serve to make this world a better place.
Pivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?
If my military career had not turned out well, I would have tried my hand as an R&B singer. (I love Whitney Houston). Reading has always been a great and inexpensive way to vacation and serving my community through my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta is always fulfilling but my favorite activities are being Mommy, Wife and Noni!
Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?
“Bloom where you’re planted.” – Author Unknown
RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow together!