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Christina Silva is a Marine Corp veteran and entrepreneur. In addition to her accomplishments in the military, Christina is a real estate broker and consultant. Madame Noire had the opportunity to speak with her about her pursuits in business as well as her service in the community. This is her story.
Why did you join the Marine Corp?
After a year of college, I wanted to sign up. The things that Marines do really fit in with my personality type. It’s a daring adventurist kind of career, and it just meshes with who I am.
Did you always know you wanted to be in the service?
I knew that I would become a leader, and I became a leader by fate. The Marines gave me that opportunity to do so. It’s the right position.
What leadership skills have you developed as a result of your service?
I am extremely organized and detail oriented. I have the ability to adapt and overcome. The Marine Corp teaches you to multi-task and I have applied that to my pursuits outside of the military. I have a trained, sharpened ability and I was made to think outside of the box.
How were you able to blend multimedia production, motivational speaking, and real estate into one career?
Through multi-tasking I turned myself into a resource center. I became a consultant and used the information I have gathered to promote my expertise on the radio and elsewhere.
Why is community service so important to you?
Once a veteran leaves they have a sense of responsibility to give back. Community creates great relationships. You give not to get, but to build community in general. It is called relationship brokering, and it is a big part of what it means to be involved in community partnership.
Why should more Black women consider joining the service?
We are already against the grain. That means that you can overcome, and as a result you have a high feeling of esteem. When you say you are a Marine, as a woman you get that respect.
What’s the best thing about being a Marine?
The best thing about it is that it means commitment to anything you are intent on doing. You have to get it done, and that is just the attitude going in.
For more on Christina Silva, watch her video here.
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In honor of Black History Month, MadameNoire is sending a daily salute to the African American women who inspire us every day of the year. From the big screen to the forefront of the service lines, these are their stores of courage and integrity. Today we are saluting Christina Silva, United States Marine Corps Veteran, federal contractor specializing in multimedia production, and motivational speaker. Watch her story here.