We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracee Seals and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracee, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have come a long way to achieving the work life balance that I have today. It was not an easy road. In the past I would over-commit myself to participation in events and activities. This led me to two different hospital stays for exhaustion and dehydration. So the me I am today has learned to be cognizant to commitments and self-care. I see myself as a beast when it comes to doing my job as well as the other activities that I am involved in. This type of determination can take a toll on anyone at any age. Implementing a balance is key to ones longevity in their career. Jobs and businesses are replaceable your overall health and well-being are not!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career path has had many lives and I am very thankful to have lived each of them. I started my career in the medical field, working in the operating room setting. I absolutely loved what I was doing in an effort to help others. It was great but the demands of the job left me out of so many opportunities to spend with my family. So, I had to do something about that and return to college an obtain my MBA. Seeking higher education afforded me to transition to my next career role and get into healthcare education. The skills that I learned here, I was able to rise up the ranks into an executive position within the corporate education sector. In this role I was able to travel and live in other states. Well this is great for a single person, but having a family takes its toll on a healthy family structure. And it did! But we learn and we grow from adversities that we face. It also taught me what I deserve to have in my next mate as well as my next career. Leading me to where I am now. I am in my last and final career as least what I plan to be my last and final career. I feel the education that I have achieved and the transferable skills that I have obtained have led me here. As well as working with the 100 BMH is where I have found contentment. Yes, I have challenging days, but the good works that we do overshadows them all.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is such a tough question. Since Houston has so many beautiful spots. But I really love visiting Buffalo Bayou park. It’s such a nice area to just have a walk and watch the sunset. There is also a company that provides a picnic and a movie there for an evening outing with friends or date night. If I had to choose an area of town to eat, it would be dining in the Heights. There are so many hidden gems in that area for every type of palate. I new area that I also stumbled across is the Warehouse and Arts district located on the other side of downtown Houston. I felt as if I was transported to another city or era. Houston is one of the most unexplored cities on the map.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to Shoutout my organization, the 100 Black Men Metropolitan Houston Chapter. Our organization has been one of the stellar Black-led non-profits in the greater Houston area for 27 years. Under the leadership of an all male volunteer board and it’s members. The 100 has scaled the non-profit ladder in mentorship and community outreach. The general public has known the organization is synonymous with elite professional, POC’s (Persons of Color). The gentlemen of the 100 have provided countless numbers of volunteer hours. To show young males from underserved communities of what they can aspire to be. This year under the leadership of the chapter’s current President. The organization received an endowment that allowed the organization do something that was 27 years in the making. The organization was able to obtain it’s Brick and Mortar as well hire it’s first employee to oversee the day to day operations of the organization. That person hired was me.