Meet CaTyra Polland: 40 Under 40
A few days ago, I was on Instagram (no shock there) and Rochester Young Professionals posted that congrats were in order for one of their members for earning the title of 40 under 40 by the Rochester Business Journal. I personally wanted to see what it takes to be named this (new goal of mine!).
So, what did I do? Stalked her on Facebook begging her to chat with me about her journey.
Internet, meet Catyra Polland.
Honestly, I don’t understand how she even had time to meet with me - she holds multiple board positions with organizations, owns her own company, wrote a book, works full time as a social worker, and is a book editor. I’m sure I’m missing 15 other things, but either way, it was impressive.
Back in 2011, Catyra started Polland Enterprise, which threw her into the world of Entrepreneurship. Her company specializes in developing authors’ voices and copyright editing. She works with authors to ensure their voice is heard and understood. Besides this, she’s a part of Rochester Black Authors Association, Rochester Young Professionals, Roc City Coalition, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (breathe, Amanda). That’s a LOT.
Since my goal is to get on this exclusive 40 under 40 list, I asked Catyra some advice, because let’s be honest – I’m going to need it. To her, 40 under 40 is someone who has decided to be positively active in the Rochester Community; volunteering and committing your time to help your community and connecting people to resources is what the RBJ looks for. Catyra also made sure that she understood her strengths, and used those strengths to help her community. Being authentic with everything you’re involved in and have a quality over quantity with what or who you’re involved in can help this!
If you want to become more involved in the Rochester Community, here’s a great list of different organizations in Rochester:
Rochester Womans Network (hint: more to come on this!)
Rochester Young Professionals
Network After Work: Rochester NY Chapter
American Society for Quality
Association for Talent Development: Rochester Chapter
Becoming involved in helping your community is one of the greatest things you can do!