As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Defender celebrates some visionary women to watch. They are making a difference in Houston and beyond and succeeding in various walks of life. From the boardroom to the courtroom, they see where they want to be in the future and are taking the necessary steps to get there. They inspire others to achieve a common goal and have a knack for developing strong relationships.

They are focused, disciplined, creative, resilient, persistent and positive. They know the importance of family and care about their communities. They make “bold, boss moves” on a regular basis, another reason why they are women of vision.

Education: BA and MBA in Accounting from Texas Southern University 

Occupation: Sr. Accountant at Dragados and Owner of Castillo Financial Consulting 

Motto: Focus On Yourself!

Why makes her visionary: I honestly never noticed that I stood out until recently, it’s like you never know who is actually watching you until you receive such positive feedback, but I think what may make me stand out is that I honestly do everything from my heart and I am genuine. The company I created, was not for me to become bigger or more successful, it’s actually bigger than me. The reason who I started my company was because I listened to GOD and his plan for my purpose. My purpose on this earth is to make sure I can help my community in any way that I can when it comes to the knowledge that I have. So if standing out means teaching my community about reaching their financial goals without receiving the big monetary benefits, then I’m all in! 

Bold, boss moves: The boldest thing I think I have ever done within my career was to stop and listen to GOD about leaving corporate accounting to work on a project based job as an accountant. I was scared because on projects, they have an end date, which means there is a possibility that I would be out of work in the future. I prayed about it, took the leap of faith, and I’m still employed, closer to home and family, started my own business, and I’m able to be more active within my community. 

All in a day’s work: My typical day sheesh, where do I even begin! Whelp, after waking up several times from my alarm, my start my day either by exercising or rushing into the office. From there, I make a cup of coffee, followed by reading a chapter of a book, or reviewing my calendar of what I have planned out for the day. During normal business hours, I am working my 9-5 as an accountant, and when time permits, usually during lunch,  I will both review my existing client’s credit profiles and send updates by email, conduct a consultation via phone with a potential client or posting information on my social media platform. After work, I am either still reviewing clients’ profiles, meeting one on one for a consultation, or mailing out letters for clients. This typical day does not include volunteer days, and other events. 

How she balances it all: I honestly don’t even know, but I definitely depend on my calendar at work and on my phone to plan out deadlines, consultations, events, bill pay, PTO, hair appointments and whatever else I have planned throughout the month. I try to plan out my days ahead of time so that I am not overloaded but very productive.

Words of wisdom: You are more than enough to do whatever that makes you happy! 

Dream Job: My dream job would be to grow within the accounting industry and bring on interns from Texas Southern so that they are able to gain exposure and experience.