Oct. 20, 2014

Nick Beadleston

This year, Tatiana Bailey became the first full-time director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. Though a newcomer to the state, Bailey is no stranger to economic development; she discussed her background, new position and outlook on economic education.

Scribe: Tell me a little about your background.

Bailey: Well, I went to the University of Michigan. I got my masters in economics and my Ph.D. in public health, so people call me a health economist.

So I guess I have two passions, it’s the economics and the health care.

A lot of what I have been doing in the past 20 years is grant and contract work, related to either economic development initiatives, most notably in the city of Detroit, and then healthcare related initiatives, particularly for at-risk populations, so lower income people.

S: So does that require a lot of being out in the fi eld, rather than being behind a desk?

B: It’s both. It’s probably more behind the desk than out in the field. Mostly because the work I have been doing was evaluation related, so looking at incentives and fi guring out are they working, are they not working.

But part of the reason I decided to come out here is because I had an ah-ha moment – well, moments – in the last couple of years as my kids started to get a little bit older.

Not only did I want to work a little bit more, but I wanted to do something that was a little more hands on. A little more presenting, and little bit more working with … hands on economic development.

Like, ‘OK what are some of the tangible things we can do that can help with economic development?’ Creating jobs, educating the work force of tomorrow, all these different pieces, right, that need to be in place.

So I figured if I had an opportunity to go somewhere, live somewhere cool and do that I would probably do that for the next 20, 30 years of my work life than just do evaluation based [work].

S: You’re the first woman heading up the forum, what do you think that speaks to?

B: I will say that unfortunately the perception is still out there, and I think it’s a bit undeserved, Colorado Springs being so conservative and so old-boy network. And it almost kept me away, you know, because I’m female, I’m Latina. I’m not a super rightwing conservative.

But once I got here, and Venkat [Reddy, dean of UCCS College of Business] and other people told me this too, sure there’s that segment of the population, but it’s not crazy, the way people make it out to be.

So I think that everything is shifting all over the country, but I also think that the perception here is a bit undeserved. I think that it’s shifting [from] maybe the way it was 15, 20 maybe 25 years ago.

The other thing that I’ll say is that not only have I found it to be an incredibly welcoming community, but so many of the high powered people that I’m meeting here are women.

Look who runs the CSHP, the Colorado Springs Health Plan, that’s Debbie Chandler. Look who runs St. Francis Penrose, that’s Margret Sabin. Becky Medved has a very successful healthcare [company].

I mean a lot of these are healthcare related, because that’s what I’ve been gravitating toward, but it’s also one of the sectors that’s the biggest here.

Even aerospace and defense, I mentioned her [at the forum], Cathy Boe, she started her company Boecore here. She’s another person who has over 200 employees in six states.

So you look at it and you say it’s certainly not impossible for a woman to do well here. You’re going to have kids, and you’re going to work, you better be efficient.

We’ve had to work a little bit harder, because there’s still some traditional perceptions out there, both in the work place and at home.

Women who have decided they still want to work have to do it and do it well.

S: What would you say to female students considering getting into economics, generally a male dominated profession?

B: Well, and I say this to my male and female children, there’s no substitute for hard work and perseverance. There’s nothing that can ever replace that. So no matter what gender you are, I think you have to have an incredible work ethic.

For women in particular, never think there are any boundaries. Because as soon as you put those boundaries in place, they’re there.

And even if they’re real boundaries, they’re not insurmountable, they can be surpassed. Even though I’m a female and a Latina, and the Latina culture is very chauvinistic, my dad was probably the person who pushed me the most.

But he pushed me in a good way. And the way that he did it was to say to me ‘you can do anything that you want to do, anything at all that you want to do.’

It’s a very progressive stance. I think part of the reason I never thought there were any barriers is because he told me there were never any barriers.

So I think that’s probably the key message I would give young women today.

310 Replies to “One-on-one Q&A with Tatiana Bailey”

  1. Wow! This can be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Wonderful. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

  2. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I ave joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  3. This blog is definitely rather handy since I’m at the moment creating an internet floral website – although I am only starting out therefore it’s really fairly small, nothing like this site. Can link to a few of the posts here as they are quite. Thanks much. Zoey Olsen

  4. I am no longer positive the place you are getting your info, however great topic. I must spend a while learning much more or figuring out more. Thank you for wonderful info I used to be looking for this info for my mission.

  5. hey there and thank you for your information – I have definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise some technical issues using this web site, since I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

  6. Very nice post and right to the point. I am not sure if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thanks in advance 🙂

  7. I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  8. What i don’t understood is if truth be told how you are no longer actually a lot more neatly-favored than you may be now. You are very intelligent. You understand therefore significantly on the subject of this matter, produced me in my opinion imagine it from numerous various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved until it is one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. At all times deal with it up!

  9. The subsequent time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have one thing attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could repair if you werent too busy in search of attention.

  10. You are my inhalation, I own few web logs and very sporadically run out from post :). “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” by Frederick Douglas.

  11. Wow! Thank you! I continually needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I implement a portion of your post to my site?

  12. Hi I am so grateful I found your web site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on Bing for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

  13. Some truly nice and utilitarian info on this web site, too I think the layout contains wonderful features.

  14. Thanks , I have just been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?

  15. hi!,I like your writing very much! share we communicate more about your article on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

  16. I am often to running a blog and i really admire your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for brand spanking new information.

  17. Good website! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  18. I’ve recently started a website, the information you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away.” by Robert Orben.

  19. I like the valuable information you supply to your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again right here regularly. I am moderately sure I will be told a lot of new stuff proper here! Good luck for the following!

  20. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

  21. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  22. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you’re utilizing? I’m having some small security problems with my latest blog and I would like to find something more secure. Do you have any suggestions?

  23. I simply wanted to make a simple comment so as to thank you for all the unique pointers you are writing on this site. My rather long internet search has now been recognized with useful points to talk about with my two friends. I ‘d declare that most of us website visitors are truly endowed to exist in a magnificent network with very many special individuals with beneficial ideas. I feel very much blessed to have discovered your website and look forward to so many more exciting times reading here. Thank you once more for a lot of things.

  24. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written and include almost all vital infos. I would like to see more posts like this.

  25. Hey there, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  26. I’m very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  27. Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something. I think that you just can do with some percent to drive the message house a little bit, however instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  28. Thanks for any other informative blog. Where else could I get that type of info written in such an ideal way? I’ve a venture that I am just now running on, and I have been at the glance out for such info.

  29. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  30. I¦ve read several good stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how a lot effort you put to make any such great informative website.

  31. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  32. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  33. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

  34. Virtually all of the things you point out is astonishingly appropriate and it makes me ponder the reason why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. Your article really did turn the light on for me as far as this particular issue goes. Nonetheless at this time there is actually one particular position I am not too comfortable with and while I attempt to reconcile that with the actual central idea of your point, permit me observe what all the rest of the readers have to point out.Nicely done.

  35. Hi this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  36. I haven’t checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  37. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  38. I liked up to you’ll receive carried out right here. The caricature is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you want be delivering the following. sick indubitably come further before once more since exactly the similar nearly a lot steadily inside of case you protect this hike.

  39. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This put up actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  40. Pretty portion of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually loved account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing on your augment or even I success you get admission to consistently rapidly.

  41. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will come back in the future. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great work, have a nice holiday weekend!

  42. I have recently started a web site, the information you offer on this website has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  43. I do not even know how I stopped up here, but I believed this submit used to be great. I don’t understand who you might be however certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  44. That is the right weblog for anybody who wants to search out out about this topic. You understand so much its nearly laborious to argue with you (not that I really would need…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just great!

  45. Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity for your put up is simply nice and i can think you are knowledgeable on this subject. Well together with your permission let me to snatch your feed to keep updated with imminent post. Thank you a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  46. I¦ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this web site. Reading this information So i am glad to express that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make certain to don¦t fail to remember this website and provides it a glance on a relentless basis.

  47. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Extremely useful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  48. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  49. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  50. What i do not realize is actually how you are not really much more well-liked than you might be now. You’re very intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  51. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome web log!

  52. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.” by Leonard I. Sweet.

  53. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours as of late, but I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s lovely worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the net might be a lot more helpful than ever before. “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” by Milan Kundera.

  54. Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations? Cheers!

  55. I liked up to you’ll obtain carried out right here. The caricature is tasteful, your authored material stylish. however, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be turning in the following. unwell indisputably come further in the past once more as exactly the same just about very regularly within case you shield this increase.

  56. You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  57. Whats up are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  58. I am really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A number of my blog audience have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this issue?

  59. I keep listening to the newscast speak about receiving free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i find some?

  60. I keep listening to the newscast talk about receiving free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some?

  61. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  62. Hey very cool website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I am happy to find a lot of useful information here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  63. I simply couldn’t depart your site prior to suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your guests? Is going to be back incessantly to check up on new posts

  64. I will immediately grab your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  65. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.