Employee Spotlight: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we spotlight one of our exceptional Asian American female leaders, Nicole Bailey! Learn more about Nicole in the employee spotlight below!
What is your role at Milestone?
Senior Marketing Manager. My role at Milestone has changed immensely in the almost 7 years I have been here. I have worn many hats on the marketing team, from content writing, webinars, and the number of continuous and various projects that have come our way. However, the primary focus has been corporate branding on social media and consistently executing amazing and memorable events.
What has been the most significant influence in your life?
My failures have been the biggest and most profound influences in my life. In those crushing moments, there were hard and truthful lessons I faced, and yet the most important pieces continued to be how do I rebound to do better the next time? Falling down happens and is to be expected, but getting up, dusting yourself off, and showing up the next day with a great attitude, THAT’S where growth happens.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to model and do TV commercials when I was young.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business?
To listen more and talk less. Everyone has a story. Everyone has information. In the moments of talking less, it allows us to truly process and digest the other person’s thoughts and feelings with true intention. Great talkers are everywhere; great leaders see opportunity in everything, but great listeners are few and far between. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Speak little, do much.”
What has been your biggest challenge?
That I don’t have to do it all. There is a balance. Sometimes stepping away from one to give more to another is OK and healthy, both physically and mentally.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Without a doubt, my family. They are the backbone of who I am. I am constantly learning from them, trying to emulate their patience and kindness, and living every day hoping they realize they have been my greatest inspiration to do better continually.
If you could share a meal with 3 people in history, who would they be and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg– She was a trailblazer that didn’t know what a roadblock was. She could see them, yet figured out a different way to get to where she knew she needed to be. She focused on the the importance of the cause in the most fair and respectful way to honor those that were affected.
Princess Diana-I always admired that she did as much as she could to raise her children in the most normal life. She raised them to be able to see what the real world looked and lived like. That no matter how you were born, you always deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and kindness.
My grandmother– Although not a historical figure, she is a monumental figure in my life. I wish I could have one last conversation with her. The stories I know would be the same, but how I hear them today would be much different. She was the wisest woman I knew and could make something special out of every day.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner