Ali is an innovative thought leader, community activist, bank Executive and mom of two. Executive producer and host of award-winning television series Melanated View, she is committed to inspiring a culture of inclusive and equitable change.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
You are enough, just the way you are. Do not allow others’ projections of themselves on to you extinguish your light! Shine bright mama you will change the world!
Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
Yes I 100% do….. my mantra : “It is what it is” This simple sentence is so grounding for me and used in so many contexts such as; when you start to experience the obstacles of life or relationship challenges instead of spiralling out into a reel of negative self talk or anxiousness in trying to solve whatever problem you’re presented with I repeat this mantra to remind myself I can only own what I can control and everything else is not mine to own and it really “is what it is”. It allows me to honour whatever I’m experiencing in that moment and know that whatever big deal it is today will probably not be a big deal in one year, two years or five years so I just accept it without expectation. I find that mentally it releases any trigger I may have associated with the challenge and in turn allows me to refocus on a path forward.
What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
My team and my colleagues, hands down! Each day I get the privilege to show up for someone else; to be present in truly seeing them in recognition of their individuality and greatness. I am honoured to lead such a diverse team and get my greatest joy celebrating and recognizing their success’ big or small personal or professionally.
What keeps you motivated on a daily basis? The concept of motivation can be fleeting, so I focus on consistency. I listen and honour my body and do what feels right verse what society standards may say. I rest when she needs rest and I move in ways that feel good for my body versus punishing my body because of the need to check a box. I use this theory in all things whether it be work or fitness related goals I give myself grace because I recognize that my motivation is my own intrinsic will to constantly be better to learn from myself in constant reflection with the hope of operating a little bit differently the next day because I’m living in that level of awareness. I think about motivation as a longer-term play meaning where I am going and I’m on the right path to get there. Each day I ask myself that and if I find myself deviating from that path, I recognize it and address what might be happening for me pulling me in that different direction. If it serves me, I honour it and I take it into consideration into the grander scheme of motivation.
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