WLC Spotlight: Althea Aycock

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Althea Aycock is a Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She is married and has two children. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned during my career is to never give up.  Success is a state of mind, so always think positive thoughts and lift yourself up from within.

Julie Smith United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is your favorite quote or motto? "Live Laugh Love," is my favorite motto, although I think I might rewrite it as, "Love Laugh Live."  It seems more appropriate to focus on the most important first and the latter two will fall into place as a result.

Why do you volunteer and donate to United Way? I give to United Way because it's a natural desire for me to help make a difference and I am blessed and I want to share that with others. I'm on the WLC executive committee because I enjoy being involved with like-minded intelligent women leaders in our community who are part of the movement toward middle school success. And this program provides our middle school kids the opportunity for a higher likelihood of graduation potential and lifelong success.

When did you join WLC and why? DHG has a program called Women Forward, which is centered on ensuring the success of women in business, especially at the executive level. It just made sense to me to get involved with a community group with a focus on women, too. I feel that my experience from one group can help ensure success of the other and vice versa.

Althea Aycock United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is the best advice you have ever gotten? The best advice I’ve heard is to get up and shake it off. It works wonders with toddlers as well as adults.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals? The qualities I admire most in a business professional are focus and a genuine desire to foster success in others.

What qualities do you most dislike? The quality I dislike in a business professional is lack of drive and ambition. I feel everyone should have a goal to continuously grow and it's important to find out what excites you to help you achieve those goals.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers? I would tell young men and women starting their careers to be honest with yourself. Find a career that motivates you to get out of bed every morning and satisfies you at end of day.

What are your top three networking tips?

  1. Building relationships is key  
  2. Focus on the needs of others
  3. Don't be afraid to ask

Who are your real-life heroes? My hero is/was my dad. He passed away six years ago on Father’s Day and I would love to have dinner with him again. He taught me the basics of finance from an elementary school level:

1st - live within your means
2nd - save for your future
3rd - plan for a better life for your children

Each month, we shine a spotlight on a member of Women's Leadership Council. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Elizabeth.Allen@UnitedWayABC.org or call (828) 239-1048.

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