“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction” -John F. Kennedy
My name is Damu Rufaro Winston. It means “one who brings happiness to his people”. Over the years, I have learned a person’s name is so much more than just an identifier. Most parent(s) spend countless hours deciding, fighting, and praying over the name of their soon to be son or daughter. So, even before the child is born, he or she has begun an internal journey to learn what it means to become that name. It’s no coincidence we ask ourselves, “Who am I?”, “Who am I supposed to be?”, “Why am I here?”… I truly believe that when your name has meaning, you go through life learning what it means to own that name.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been striving to bring happiness into the lives of my family, friend(s) and colleagues. As a child, my mother moved my sister and I from Baltimore, Maryland in the United States to The Gambia in West Africa.
It is amazing how one experience, like completely uprooting your entire family and moving half way around the world, can change your life forever.
While this move to another continent would be hard for anyone, let alone a child, the experience that I gained has ingrained in me, at an early age, an appreciation for diverse perspectives. It is these diverse perspectives that have historically enabled me to see opportunity in the midst of the most challenging predicaments and to be a visionary. As a result, I credit much of my success in life, both personally and professionally, to my dedication for excellence, passion for living legendary and an appreciation in the details of life’s unique experiences.
Ultimately, my goal in life is to leave my wife and my family a distinct legacy. A legacy, I pray, includes supporting our families, providing the best opportunities for our loved ones, and making a positive impact on our world. I believe quality is never an accident; it is only achieved through dedication to excellence. Dedication, in my humble opinion, is having a sense of ownership and pride in ensuring all tasks are done with excellence.
From a professional standpoint, I am a global technology leader, who has led globally distributed teams in upwards of 25 team members in India, Mexico, and domestically. I have delivered business solutions for Nuclear Energy and Financial Services clients, resulting in a projected ROI of $.5 Billion USD. My strengths include presentation development, coaching diverse talent, planning/forecasting, managing expectations horizontally and vertically, business process re-engineering, and strong project management.
I know my purpose and I’m following my personal legend.
For these reasons, I put this site together to pay it forward. Inspire, Educate and Share a few life lessons I’ve picked up along the way.