This week the Goldbox Spotlight is Priscilla R. Barbour an alum of Prairie View A & M University & Texas A & M University and now does to handles state and government affairs in the energy sector.

1. What is the best advice you can give to someone starting out?

I would encourage anyone starting out in their career to find a few strong mentors. These can be people who are in your field or not, but they need to be people who you can be vulnerable with, and they can be honest with you. I have been fortunate to have both, professional and personal mentors who help me navigate the unknown. Starting out in your career can be difficult and a little intimidating. It is better to have people who have gone before you and can give you sound and tested advice.

2. What things inspire your process?

I find inspiration in a variety of places, from deep conversations with friends to things that I may read on my Twitter timeline. I am also inspired by a desire to see things through and find solutions to challenges.

3. Who are three people you look up to or inspire you?

I am most inspired by my mother. She is such a bold and courageous woman and so full of life. Despite the many challenges she has faced throughout her life, she remains vibrant and optimistic in ways that I sometimes envy. She exudes poise, grace, and humor in a really special way. I am also inspired by my late father. I do everything in my power to make him proud and build upon the strong legacy that he left behind. He was a man far beyond his time, and the type of father that made me feel empowered and like I could do and be anything. I find a great deal of inspiration from the tribe of women that I call sisters, friends, and mentors/mentees. They pour so much love into me, and I work to do the same.

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