Name: Pamela Sessions
Company: Renewal House
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Responsible for complete oversight of all agency operations and management. Serves as a strategist and visionary, creates positive agency culture, engages the community, and ensures resources are available to sustain the organization.
Cable Member Since: 2021
Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable because I wanted to be part of a network of incredible women who are smart, fierce and making a difference in their community.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I gained new relationships immediately that I would not have had without the network of the group. I’ve also learned more about leadership from the educational opportunities hosted. These trainings have been a great reminder for me of some of the things I should do more in my day-to-day work life.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? One of the many benefits of joining Cable is it opens up an enormous toolbox of resources to support you in your personal and professional endeavors. Having this network helps you feel less isolated as a female leader.
What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? For me, my biggest career achievement is a project I am engaged in now. I’m facilitating the building of a new treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders and their children at Renewal House. I worked on the design, engaged with a team and led the charge to raise $7.5 million so the project will be paid for upon completion. I learned more about construction and nontraditional financing than I ever thought I could know. I’m excited to be part of something that helps families and will live on long after I am gone.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? I would encourage a young woman starting her career to find a mentor. There is no reason to travel a path alone when others have gone before you successfully. Sometimes you don’t always need advice, but you need someone to sound off to. Often, when I speak aloud to my mentor, I hear myself putting the pieces together and working through an issue. A good mentor provides the platform to be a creative and free thinker.
What was your very first job? My first professional job was as a counselor in a private psychiatric hospital. I liked it because it was a different experience from my internships. My clients had so many resources, but life still had a way of throwing a curveball they couldn’t control. That was true 30 years ago and is still true today. I wish everyone understood there are times we all need support, and it is OK to get it. My grandmother used to say, “Everything that shines isn’t silver, and everything that glitters isn’t gold.” Now, I understand that wholeheartedly. That provides me with the lenses in which I work with people today.
If you could have one superpower for a day, which one would you choose? If I had a superpower, I would create magic and allow everyone to be positive for a day. Negativity is not helpful. It steals too much energy that we could use for something beneficial. Positivity is much more powerful. On Thanksgiving Day, I was stuck in traffic. Instead of focusing on the delay, which I could not change, I waved the wand and made my own magic. I listened to music in the car and talked on the phone with friends I wouldn’t ordinarily have had time to call. That was much more productive than being annoyed. All of us could probably use a bit of magic today!