As the youngest of four kids and the only girl, I learned that I had to decide if I was going to be a leader or a follower. To be a leader, I would need to be confident, take risks, possess communication skills, have knowledge and build relationships. I enjoyed riding dirt bikes and was a tomboy. I started my own BMX dirt bike club with the kids in my neighborhood. We would work together on new stunts and compete against other kids. I learned that teamwork makes the dream work and there is no ‘I’ in team.
Joanna Harris, claims examiner and UBT labor co-lead, OPEIU Local 29 (Northern California)