"I was raised in the neighborhoods that didn't have 'the best of the best,'" Calithea admits. "I saw the difference—in real time—when respect, reciprocity, cultural awareness, motivation, and healthy learning environments became the cornerstones of change. I witnessed magic before my eyes."
That’s where she found her passion. “We flourished because a few great leaders took the time to make a difference in our lives. I owe it to [them] to give back.”
"I appreciate the company’s blend of passion, respect for the field, and mission centered values that include professional development.” This—plus her approach to remote working—helped Calithea succeed at ICF. “I embraced an innovative journey to support my teams and built capacity while not being face to face with them on a daily basis.” It also gained her national recognition. Her strategies were incorporated in Debra A. Dinnocenzo’s book on virtual workplaces, Working from a Distance: Being Your Best When You Are Not with the Rest?
She’s also an amateur chef, known for treating her family to her “world-famous” liver and onions, and hosting events that bring friends and family together. That includes her first grandchild, who just celebrated her first birthday, as Calithea embraces life as a ‘Glamma.’ (“Granny just did not fit my personality!”) And lives by her own mantra:
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