We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Cornely and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, how do you think about risk?
What is risk you ask? For me it boils down to an “all or nothing scenario”. Why? Because people who avoid taking risks essentially hide under their false sense of security. Security does not exist in nature, in the animal kingdom nor in children. Avoiding risks is a non sequitur fallacy. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Without taking risks my life would have been dull and boring. As a consummate risk taker, my life’s journey has been like a rainbow colored roller coaster ride.
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?
Am blessed to have successfully climbed the corporate ladder when I became the first female Director of Technology of a global institution. the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. A feat that was unheard of in the technology world of the 90’s. It was not easy being the brunt of jokes at yearly tech conferences but sometimes it could be amusing. Case in point, witnessing guys surprised reactions after I introduced myself! I was able to save the museum a lot of money through cloud technology and this was before anyone understood its full potential. Am proud to say I was supported by a great tech team and am still in touch with many of them. A defining moment for me was leading them through 911. My valiant team went over and beyond so we could open the museum’s doors to the stranded public on September 12th. We were the first museum to open in New York and were followed the next day by MoMA. My message to women? Follow your dreams, no matter what challenges may lay ahead! With perseverance, grit, integrity and heart, you can do anything you set your intention on.
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?
My first stop would be Anglers Park, Danville Virginia which has some amazing trails both for biking or walking. I would also segway down Main Street to the Riverwalk. The view of Victorian homes along the drive down Main Street is very impressive. On the weekend, we would go for a stroll a few blocks from my house to the farmer’s market and pick up some local produce for lunch. The evening would include a pot luck dinner at one of our friend’s historic homes where we would talk about our latest discoveries and eventually play card games.
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?
My daughter Kirsten Gray and all of my friends who have believed and supported my dream to help empower others who are struggling with adversity.