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Do Something Everyday that Scares You: Exploring Your Options ~ with Marva Goldsmith

  • Mon, December 14, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • VIRTUAL MEETING! Please register to receive login information.


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Do Something Everyday that Scares You: Exploring Your Options

1. Find a job

2. Start a business

3. Buy a business

4. Work for a contractor

Eleanor Roosevelt talked about courage in the face of fear. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

My Story: In 2001, I accepted a buyout from the company that I began working for at age 17. I moved to Washington, DC on September 22, 2001. I had planned to find a job in a city that I loved and understood that it might take 12-18 months to find a great job. In the meantime, I created an image consultancy (more about that on Dec 14). With my image consulting credentials, I started a business that put food on my table for 15 years. But the work was not consistent, so I also worked for a small business as a subcontractor on a federal contract. Over time, a friend and I started a consulting firm that now employs three independent contractors.

Come to the workshop prepared to answer this question: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?


Marva Goldsmith has been a member of the Perennial Workforce since 2001. At the age of 42, she left the Fortune 500 utility company where she had worked since the age of 17, moved to Washington DC and reinvented her professional life to better align with her passion. This electrical engineer became an image and brand consultant! During the next 16 years, Marva worked with CEOs, nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, incarcerated youth and a host of individuals to help define and implement their intentional image/brand. In 2016, an opportunity to form a new company with a business partner was presented. As CEO of Consult DSA, a Woman-Owned Small Business, she has come full circle, combining logic with creativity to provide management consulting services and organizational effectiveness solutions to a variety of companies and governmental agencies.

An electrical engineer from Michigan State University, Marva obtained a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government at the age of 42. She is a Leadership Coach from the ICF-accredited Georgetown University.


Due to the continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, this will be a VIRTUAL MEETING!! Please register online to receive instructions about logging in to the Zoom session. Login instructions will be emailed to all participants who register for the session.