ECHELON: Tools for Leadership
Life Lessons: Tools for Leadership
By Cami Yano, Redmont Real Estate Group
My upbringing has a lot to do with who I am today. In the third grade, I quickly learned how to adapt to change and become independent. During this time, my parents separated and my brother and I went to live with our Dad. Soon after, his parents took an early retirement to help raise us.
It definitely wasn’t easy during this stage of my life but it made me a stronger person today. I admit I was picked on numerous times because of my situation. It wasn’t “normal” for a girl to live with your dad. However, his mother (my tutu) quickly helped fill that gap. One of the great things that she did was enroll me in modeling school to build my self-confidence. It wasn't long until I signed with a local modeling agency.
My grandparents instilled the importance of education, community service, and extra-curricular activities. When they weren’t taking my brother and me to the library to study, they made sure we stayed active. I found it fun to be involved in various clubs in high school because I enjoyed the camaraderie and being surrounded by like-minded individuals all working towards a common goal. Once I graduated, I continued to be involved in the community to carry on those ideals. A perfect example of this was when I got the opportunity to serve on The Salvation Army’s Echelon board. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I never looked back since!
I thank my grandparents for the sacrifices they’ve made and for instilling these values in me. In my eyes, they have given me the necessary life lessons to become a leader. I have been given these tools to do my job, share experiences, and to lead the next generation.