Ta­nia Wal­dron-Gooden TAKES CHARGE

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR PROFILE - Randy Bow­man As­sis­tant Life­style Editor

UTILISING PROJECT-MANAGEMENT prac­tices to ef­fec­tively co­or­di­nate deals or de­mon­strat­ing the abil­ity to lead a di­verse team of pro­fes­sion­als to new lev­els of suc­cess in a highly com­pet­i­tive and fast-paced en­vi­ron­ment were the fur­thest things from Ta­nia Wal­dron-Gooden’s mind while grow­ing up in St An­drew.

“I was brought up in a nu­clear fam­ily with two sib­lings who all at­tended church reg­u­larly, as my mother firmly be­lieved that the be­lief in a higher be­ing is a must. Be­ing the el­dest of three kids, from an early age, I had ac­quired a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, lead­er­ship, and management skills, es­pe­cially when my par­ents were not present, as I had to take charge,” shared the 37-year-old. De­spite not hav­ing any plans for work­ing in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor, she was poised to ex­cel.

As a mat­ter of fact, she wanted to be­come a sci­en­tist. “I al­ways wanted to be­come a sci­en­tist, hence my en­rol­ment in pure and ap­plied sciences at the univer­sity level. I also be­came a Padi cer­ti­fied scuba diver be­cause of my cu­rios­ity about the world un­der the sea, with the in­ten­tion of be­com­ing a dive master and seek­ing a ca­reer that in­volved div­ing.”

But she ad­mit­ted, “The sciences have al­ways been a pas­sion of mine. So de­spite the fact that I did not fol­low through with the path I had en­vi­sioned, there are many sim­i­lar­i­ties in the ap­pli­ca­tion of sci­en­tific method­olo­gies to get­ting things done.”

Wal­dron-Gooden has climbed the rungs of suc­cess in short or­der as she en­tered the work­ing world as a ju­nior ge­ol­o­gist in 2003, and within a year she was a pen­sion funds and port­fo­lio of­fi­cer. Three years later,

she joined the May­berry team as a management trainee, and af­ter six months, she was a spe­cial projects/busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager. And the rest, they say, is his­tory. The up­ward move­ment con­tin­ued, so it is no sur­prise that to­day she is a se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, cor­po­rate and re­tail fi­nanc­ing, re­search and spe­cial projects.

Be­sides her busi­ness port­fo­lio at May­berry, she is also di­rec­tor and men­tor of Der­ri­mon Trad­ing Lim­ited, men­tor of Caribbean Flavours and Fra­grances, di­rec­tor of Main Event En­ter­tain­ment Group Lim­ited, busi­ness readi­ness eval­u­a­tor at the Bran­son Cen­tre of En­trepreneur­ship, and lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and the Ja­maica In­sti­tute of Management.

With such an out­stand­ing ré­sumé, Flair was led to ask how does one view suc­cess? “One is not truly suc­cess­ful un­til one has taught oth­ers to be,” she stated con­fi­dently.

Mar­ried to Rickardo Gooden, with a seven-year-old son, Wil­liam, sees her­self in five years “ad­vis­ing and as­sist­ing many en­trepreneurs to raise cap­i­tal. It is my aim to be­come an en­tre­pre­neur my­self. I also in­tend to ac­quire my PhD.”

HEC­TIC LIFE

Lead­ing such a hec­tic pro­fes­sional life, Wal­dron-Gooden bal­ances work and fam­ily life with fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. “Movie nights, zoo trips, in­tro­duc­ing Wil­liam to mu­sic of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s – en­sur­ing that he knows artistes such as Ben E. King, Michael Jackson, Bob Mar­ley, and Beres Ham­mond, to name a few – are planned for the week­ends and are fol­lowed strictly be­cause both my hus­band and I are in bank­ing, which takes up most of our time dur­ing the week. Also, Rickardo and I plan date nights for at least once per month, where it’s just us.”

And how does she re­lax? “Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, read­ing, watch­ing Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video, and swim­ming.” Be­fore end­ing the brief chat with

Flair, Wal­dron-Gooden ad­vised youths to “keep fo­cused as there lies suc­cess in any field cho­sen or ac­quired. Do not be afraid to open closed doors and ex­plore what ini­tially may cause anx­i­ety.”

Be­fore re­turn­ing to her hec­tic sched­ule, she thanked her mother, who taught her that in the face of ad­ver­sity, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties. “It is for you to make the best of those op­por­tu­ni­ties. And I am also grate­ful for my fam­ily’s con­stant sup­port.”

“One is not truly suc­cess­ful un­til one has taught oth­ers to be.”

Ta­nia Wal­dron Gooden

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