The morning of June 27th, 2013, I was in a full-blown panic.

I had been tapped to audition for a new role that was being piloted in a select number of Sephora locations, and I was scheduled to facilitate my first-ever training that afternoon. My audience would consist of regional education managers, professional makeup artists, and program development managers, and of the 50 Sephora employees that were auditioning, I was the youngest and least experienced. In the moments before my audition, I frantically wiped my sweating palms on my slacks, and mentally ran through the open-ended questions I had prepared. Although I was terrified of failure, I took my position at the front of the room, and began the 20-minute training that changed the course of my life. Once I started, it felt like something fundamentally shifted in me: my fear became confidence, my nerves translated into excitement, and I was able to connect easily with a group of people I had never met. As I asked scaffolding questions and engaged with my audience, I felt like the most authentic version of myself, and I knew I wanted facilitation to exist at the core of my career.


Of the 50 Sephora employees that auditioned, I was one of the 35 that passed. I became a Sephora University Beauty Class facilitator, and over the next two years, I led over 100 client classes. After I had established myself as the district expert in the SUBC program, I was promoted into my first management role as a cashwrap manager, and a year later, I became an education manager. After two years of leading the region in education metrics, I decided to step away from retail, and became an inside business consultant for Glo Skin Beauty. During this time, my career was my priority, and I became a non-traditional student for the remainder of my bachelor’s degree. While my peers attended lectures, I navigated Blackboard in the stolen hours between shifts and conducted sociological analyses on Sephora employees.


As a career-focused, non-traditional student, with a passion for social justice and political activism, I found my home in Guild Education. In my role as an education coach, I help potential students navigate their employee benefit and select a program that best aligns with their personal and professional goals. I love the organization I work for, and I’d like to grow within the company. Ultimately, I’d love to transition into a full-time training role within Guild, and apply the skills and techniques I’m learning in my master’s program to create interactive, aesthetically-pleasing learning experiences for Guild employees.


Since that first training in June of 2013, I’ve always found a way to incorporate instructional design and facilitation into my position; soon, I hope to make my passion my career.