We had the good fortune of connecting with Lilliam Rodriguez, PhD and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lilliam, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my career and business have taught me is that when things are going badly, chaotic or not working out and I feel like throwing the towel in, it is NOT the time to give up. When things are going awry, it is precisely the time to grind harder, innovate, reinvent and be creative. Every one of my career and business successes has been birthed out of an experience of failure. When you have failed at something, you are at your lowest, things can’t really get any worse. At that point you really only have two choices; walk away and give up completely or pivot. Having the ability to pivot from failure is the definition of resilience. Resilience has nothing to do with how smart you are, how many resources you have or how much success you can achieve. Resilience is about taking negative circumstances and experiences that were meant for your detriment and using them as a catalyst for growth and transformation. Learning this lesson and building my resiliency is the single most important lesson I have learned in my career and what I consider the life support for entrepreneurship.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business partner and I own a small behavioral health consulting firm. We provide operational and technical support for mental health providers. What sets our firm apart from others is that we are minority-woman owned and provide support to providers working with one of the most inadequately served populations in our country, those with mental health and addictions diagnosis. What we are most exited about this year is being able to extend our social enterprise, The Unorthodox Group. Unorthodox Group is a group of female minority women leaders in the healthcare space providing free mentoring and coaching support to other women looking to grow their career/businesses. Our road to entrepreneurship and business, as black and brown women, even in the 21st century has been up hill and arduous. The grace of God, pursuit of purpose and building resiliency has allowed us to get to this point of creating wealth and giving back to our community.

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?
When my friends visit from out of town, we definitely check out Miami/Fort Lauderdale beaches and enjoy lunch and drinks with water views. The trip cant be complete without a stroll on the Miami beach strip and a stop at The Clevelander, where I met my husband over 10 years ago (I also make the disclaimer that dating on the strip should be at your own discretion!). The most exciting things to check out in Miami are the diversity and life perspective of many people in Miami. We recognize this is a place where the world comes to kickback and relax and we feel ultra blessed to be able to enjoy this city and work/live here.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success is definitely due to the support and contribution of others in my life. First and foremost, I am grateful for never-ending love and compassion from God, wise instruction from my parents, patience from my husband and daughter, support from my business partner Tiffany Tait and the kindness of my supervisor Dr. Bliss.

Website: www.unorthodoxgroup.com

Instagram: unorthodox_group

Facebook: Unorthodox Group

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