What is your occupation and academic background and how did you come to work in this field?
My name is Cindy Similien-Johnson, and I graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. I’ve served in the field of non-profit administration for more than five years. Combining my skills in public administration, passion for writing, and a consuming desire to serve God, I founded CSJ Media Publishing as a platform to use my gifts and talents in writing to enlighten, encourage, and empower others to discover and fulfill their God-given purpose.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The biggest challenge is time management, finding a balance in how much time I devote to managing my business and spending time with family and friends. Sometimes, we can get pre-occupied at our jobs that we forget to slow down and enjoy life. The greatest moments of inspiration are usually in times of quiet and solitude.
Identify one or two of your proudest achievements?
I published two books within one year of starting my own publishing company, and I was also invited to speak at the African Union at the United Nations about transformational leadership and women empowerment.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Ten years from today, I will continue to do what I love to do – writing positive messages which encourage others, but on a global scale; and, travelling to international countries to bring hope to those who are in despair. There’s power in words. I hope my writing will continue to transform the lives of many people.
What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have impact?
In order to have a career or a life that has an impact, one must be a person of character. It is of utmost importance to be trustworthy and live a life of integrity. One must also have the spirit of perseverance. The greatest leaders who ever lived were committed to worthy causes despite facing overwhelming obstacles and challenges. Finally, one must be passionate about his or her field of interest. To love what you do is the greatest blessing.
Would you recommend NAHP to Haitian students and professionals? Why?
Yes, I’d recommend NAHP. Haitian students and professionals have the opportunity to grow, connect, and learn through the plethora of resources and events offered by NAHP.