River City Six – Erin Pearson
Meet Erin Pearson, vice president of area development for Center Sphere (www.centersphere.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
At Center Sphere, we provide a professional networking platform where businessmen and women are able to connect and create meaningful, lasting relationships. I think that’s what drew me to Center Sphere in the first place—it was 100% authentic.
How did you get started in the business?
I first joined Center Sphere in 2015 as a member and was blessed with an outstanding chapter and the opportunity to lead them as the chapter president. From there, I slowly started becoming more and more involved in The Network and at the beginning of 2018 I was able to make a complete career transition and joined the Center Sphere corporate team as the vice president of area development.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I think the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced in the professional world would be the challenge within myself. For anyone, but especially as women in the business world, I feel sometimes we succumb to an “imposter” syndrome, wondering when people are going to figure us out and realize that we aren’t as good as they think we are. So a huge step in my professional development was learning to silence that self-doubt and believe not only am I capable of my job, but I do it well.
Tell us a little about your family.
My family is my everything. My husband Justin is a firefighter for Papillion and we’ve been married for seven years. We have been blessed with two little boys, Jack (4) and Brody (2). They are two crazy kids and keep us on our toes but we wouldn’t have it any other way
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Becoming a mother. Life became about my two little boys instead of about me. It brought new meaning to my career and work ethic. I want to show my sons that if you work hard, work passionately, and do the right thing, you will reach success.
Who inspires you?
My circle. I’m fortunate enough to surround myself with big thinkers, dreamers, and visionaries who consistently force me to step outside of my comfort zone.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To always know the perfect thing to say. My job consists of talking with people all day long, so to be on my game 100% of the time and always have something impactful, meaningful or even funny to say would be great. Luckily, with Center Sphere I get lots of opportunities for practice at our weekly events!
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Motivational speaking, especially with a female focus. I love reading and following powerhouse women like Rachel Hollis and Jen Sincero and admire their bold, unapologetic passion.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I came to know Rejuvenating Women through my old Center Sphere chapter, which is a non-profit dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking. It’s such a horrific epidemic in our country and even in our community.
What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant?
J. Coco. Their ahi tuna salad is to die for!
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