Ambassador Orientation Keynote Speaker Juanita Baldwin

Vol. 2, Iss. 8 | April 2021

You can take the Valley girl out of the Valley, but you can’t take the Valley out of the girl!
~ Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR Education and Outreach Coordinator
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Originally from Brownsville, Juanita Baldwin now lives and works in the Austin area. She graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. Although she no longer lives in Brownsville, she was quick to point out that her roots are deeply embedded in the Rio Grande Valley, and she is passionate about growing the next generation of leaders.

As Baldwin addressed the RGV LEAD Ambassadors at the annual Spring Leadership Orientation, she proudly stated,

“My dreams were big. Your leadership journey begins today!”

She shared specific character traits that have guided her throughout her career journey.

“Values: what’s important to me? Your values serve as your compass. They lead you to where you want to go as you navigate your way thru high school and college

Passion: It’s feeling really strong about something; equated by the heart. What brings me joy? Sometimes you lose track of time when you’re passionate about something.

Impact: Influence how we motivate others. This comes from your relationships. Who do you connect with? Do you listen and pay attention?

Curiosity: This is an ingredient for high-performing teams; people with different ideas come together for the good of the team.

She said that her 3rd-grade teacher from Putegnat Elementary in Brownsville impacted her. The teacher supported and encouraged her to enter and win the spelling bee, a feat she will never forget.

Ambassadors quickly sent Baldwin messages through the chat board, thanking her for the motivational speech. They will use her tips daily to help secure a successful future.

RGV LEAD wishes to thank Juanita Baldwin for sharing her wisdom with the RGV LEAD Ambassadors.

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