Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Alicia Davis

1. Social Handles (personal and business):

Personal Twitter: @alicington 

Blog IG: @cubiclesandcurls ;

Blog Twitter: @cubiclescurls

2. What do you do? 

I have been in the health tech space for over 5 years where I've been able to assist in the implementation of electronic health records in small practices in NYC, develop pilot programs between health systems and early stage digital health startups, and create innovation competitions to catalyze technological innovation around untapped healthcare problems. Currently, I'm a Program Specialist where I work to help medical practices implement a value based health care delivery models and incorporate new technologies to improve healthcare delivery in New York State. 

Outside of my 9 - 5,  I created Cubicles & Curls, a blog where I create content on natural hair and career advancement advice for black millennial women. The blog allows me to connect with women who are killing their careers and looking good while doing it. Showing ladies all the cute ways they can wear their hair to work and still look professional while also building a community of women who support each other through the unique challenges black women face really has been fulfilling to me. 

3. What motivates you? 

I'm motivated by my need to open the doors for those behind me. I truly believe that any time a woman of color can get a seat at the table, it's our duty to pull up a seat fot others who look like us. I want to be able to show younger women and my peers the realm of what's possible and available to them in their careers and help them grow and advance with as little resistance as possible. 

4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life? 

I balance my career, side hustles and social life by being kind to myself. I use to beat myself up a lot when I fell behind on one area of my goals and would feel a lot of guilt which, honestly, slowed me down more. Now, I've learned to be kinder to myself and accept that I won't always be killing it in every area of my life and that's fine. All my goals and to-dos will get their turn to have my full undivided attention and flourish. 

5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?

To me, Professional Homegirl is someone who is always the plug on new opportunities and things you should be doing. She's someone you can be yourself with after a long day of wearing a mask and navigating a workplace where you're one of few. She gets it and y'all want nothing but to see each other come out on top

6.What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams? 

Be careful of limiting yourself. Always check in to make sure the things you're striving for are things you want door yourself and not just what loved ones or society expects of you. I find young women of color only have a partial view of the range of options and experiences available to them so keep making sure you're constantly expanding your perspective.

Also, don't get stuck trying to follow the prescribed path or achieve your goals exactly the same way others have done it. Your journey is often going to be unique from those in the status quo and that's ok. Continue to look for ways you can pursue your goals that will set you a part from others and don't get discouraged if your path doesn't resemble the traditional path to your goal.