Her suit fits just right, she knows everyone in the room, and you can just tell she’s got it going on! You wish you could be her or simply wish you knew her secret to success. WOTV 4 Women wants to give you a deeper look at the many power women who are helping make West Michigan a thriving place for women at work. We’re having them dish the details on everything from work life to home life and what has led to their career success.
25 Questions with Leslie King
Meet Leslie King. Leslie is the power woman behind Sacred Beginnings, a non-profit helping West Michigan women who are trafficked. Leslie’s story is a powerful one and shows her strength, faith and compassion. Her journey in the non-profit world started very differently than most. She was empowered to not only change her life but create resources and support for others. Read on to find out more about this West Michigan power woman and her career.
Question 1: Describe your job and why you love it.
Founder/Executive Director of Sacred Beginnings Women’s Transitional Program. As a survivor of sexual exploitation/human trafficking I understand the needs of those that are still trapped. I love assisting women, children overcome and thrive in a world that was once a place of darkness to them.
Question 2: Dig through your purse and tell us three must have items you found and 1 item you were surprised to find.
Keys, cell phone, wallet. I was surprised to find an old name tag.
Question 3: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Question 4: What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
No matter what never give up.
Question 5: What’s the job you’ve had (in your lifetime) that still gives you nightmares?
Question 6: What’s the best thing you’ve done to advance your career?
Go to college.
Question 7: Flats or heels?
Both. Flats for street outreach and heels for business.
Question 8: Crying at work? Okay or not okay?
Okay in my line of work. The trauma and horrors that the women have experienced I understand all to well. When the women finally reach a place where they can talk about what has happened to them brings about tears.
Question 9: Work/life balance? How do you make it work? What time do you “clock out”?
It is becoming easier for me to balance work/life by allowing more people to assist in helping with the ministry. I have no “clock out time” as women and children are being sold 24 hrs a day 7 days a week so my time working varies from day to day.
Question 10: Eating lunch at your desk? A do or a don’t?
Yes, as long as you make sure that your paperwork is out of the way.
Question 11: What makes you grateful?
Everything I’ve been through that I’m still alive.
Question 12: What was your biggest blunder in a job? What did it teach you?
Being afraid to discuss my past. That my past does not define my future.
Question 13: Describe your morning routine.
Sitting in my living room drinking my cup of coffee and talking with God. A must before I start my day.
Question 14: Proudest career moment to date.
Assisting in empowering over 600 women to freedom.
Question 15: What’s the most important thing in your life right now?
My children and grandchildren.
Question 16: What time did you wake up today?
Question 17: What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone?
Question 18: What are you reading right now?
Question 19: In a typical day how many emails do you answer?
To many to count.
Question 20: What’s your favorite TV show?
Question 21: What’s your favorite spot for a meeting in West Michigan?
Question 22: What’s your favorite app?
Question 23: What experience in life made you the most nervous?
Traveling from city to city being sold.
Question 24: What’s one question you always ask in an interview?
Why do you want to volunteer at Sacred Beginnings?
Question 25: What’s the best part of your job?
Seeing the women and children smile knowing they are finally safe.