Wrongfully Terminated, Agnes Davis Turned To Her Love Of Swimming To Make Things Right

May 6, 2014  |  

Welcome to our column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career.

Five years ago, Agnes Davis, was wrongfully terminated from her job as a cardiovascular perfusionist at a top New York City hospital and had to reinvent her professional life. She was broken, broke and depressed.

She needed a lifeline and it happened one day with an appearance by brand expert Donny Deutsch on the Today show. “There I was sitting on my bed, pondering what to do next and Deutsch spoke to me directly (at least that’s what I thought when I heard the message).” says Davis. “He was saying that although the economy had collapsed, it was the best time to start a business. Then he said, ‘Think about what you are good at and create a plan.’ I love to swim and decided to open a swimming company.”

Davis went back to school with the last bit of money in her account to get the necessary certification in swim safety, and launched Swim Swim Swim I Say, a company focused on swim instruction. The company is three years old and is now her part-time job. Davis started with three clients, which has grown to over 100, and teaches quality swimming to children and adults in Harlem, the Bronx and New Jersey.

MadameNoire recently spoke with Agnes Davis about how she pressed RESET and found the strength to fight for her job while launching a new business.

MadameNoire.com:  What has been your biggest lesson learned to date?
Agnes Davis: Having to trust myself, see and believe the vision, having patience to understand that each lesson learned is an opportunity to press reset.

MN:  What happened with your wrongful termination case?
AD: After two years, I won my case and my job was reinstated with retroactive pay. I was happy that I never gave up the fight because winning the victory was not just for me, but also the voiceless employees [also] wrongfully terminated.

MN: How did you keep going while battling with your union for your job?
AD: My family and prayers carried me because fighting a union is an uphill battle. Life will give you clear affirmations when you get still. My TV pastor, Joel Osteen, said one Sunday that people will do things that you never imagined and God will turn things around and send you the resources, people and opportunities you need for the right doors to open.

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