We had the good fortune of connecting with Quintin Ficklin Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Quintin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I feel risk as a healthy piece of the process. As the saying goes high risk high reward. Taking risk has played a huge role in my life/career. At the age of 17 fresh out of high school I took a leap of faith and moved to Nashville, TN from Little Rock, AR to go to college. I knew at 17 that move wasn’t just about going off to college it was about broaden my horizon, exposing myself to new ideas/challenges, and meeting new people who were not like me. I always say if you are not taking risk you are not really trying. I will bet on myself and take a risk because I know I will never sleep well at night or look myself in the mirror and think about the possibilities of what could have been. That’s no way I ever intend to live my life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Clinical Informaticist at Methodist Health System I oversee our data warehouse of clinical data/informatics within the health system. I am the liaison and project manager for all six of our hospitals and health system’s needs whether that be reports, vendor implementations, dashboards, clinical education/training, and presentations needed for our physicians/clinicians, analysts, and stakeholders to improve patient safety. Getting to this point within my profession has not been easy by a long shot. A lot of sleepless nights, after hours of work put in, and networking with a ton of people to get to this point. I overcame and continue to overcome the challenges keeping God first and having solid people around me who have my best interest at heart. That keeps me grounded when things are on the up and up and even when the bottom feels like it’s fallen out. The biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way are keep your “why” in tact despite the organization or people you may come across. The biggest thing I want the world to know about me and my story is that I am always going to try help bring somebody along with me. I’m not a selfish person so any gems or words of advice I can give to somebody that helped me professionally I do not hesitate to do. That’s what it’s all about in the end for me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
-Brunch at Soiree Coffee Bar or Pangea

-Hang out at Punch Bowl Social or Legacy Hall

-Hit up my favorite local sneaker boutiques Nollege and The Laboratory DTX

-Get a boat with friends and get on the jet skis at Lake Lewisville

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout-out would have to go to my parents. Them instilling the foundation they did in me with their love and tough lessons over the years helped mold me. They always stressed to me be your own man, look after and care for those who support and show up for you in return, and put all of your faith in God even in your toughest moments.

Website: www.dressforsuccessscholarship.com

Instagram: @qfick

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/quintin-ficklin-jr-mhci-lssyb-82a18091

Q.S.F. Success Foundation
Founder, Quintin S. Ficklin Jr.

The Q.S.F. Success Foundation was created to aid male graduating seniors at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, AR on their transition from high school to college. As a Parkview alumnus myself I wanted to provide the males at my alma mater an opportunity to stand out among the crowd and make a positive statement. In my opinion this foundation does just that and is necessary for our young males who decide to attend a college or university.  The foundation will provide awardees with a tailored suit. Whether it is your freshman year or your senior year in college a suit is needed. A tailored suit can be a costly purchase for a potential first time buyer. That is why I wanted to step in and help aid with financial assistance.

List of things the foundation provides:

  • (2) tailored suits for (2) scholarship awardees (suits provided by foundation sponsors Q Clothier and Baumans Fine Men’s Clothing both stores in Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • (2) $1,000 scholarships
  • College ACT/SAT prep coursework
  • College/University Tours
  • Mental Health check-ins with school counselors
  • Assisting to make sure Parkview high school students all have access to school lunches

Image Credits
Photo Creds: Angela Webb Her IG: @angelawebbphotography

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