Episode #119: We Can Do Big Things In Our Community With Justin Brown

Welcome to the Loveworks dreamers and doers Podcast # 119. At Loveworks we believe you are NEVER too young to be a dreamer and NEVER too old to do your dream.

If this is your first time, thank you for joining us and giving us the thing that means the most to you – your time. If you’re returning, welcome back! We know you have lots of options out there in the Podcast universe.

Our hope with Dreamers & Doers podcast is that each week’s special guests will connect with you wherever you find yourself today and inspire you to become the best version of yourself for tomorrow.

Justin Brown: Oklahoma Secretary of Human Services

In March 2020, Governor Stitt further appointed Brown to the position of Cabinet Secretary of Oklahoma Human Services. As CEO of a regional senior housing company prior to these appointments, Brown built a deep experience in organizational leadership, finance and strategic planning & execution. With this experience, Brown is well suited to build a vision based on a customer first mentality, motivating the team to execute on a vision of serving the State of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens. As a strong relationship builder, Brown was uniquely qualified to position the Department of Human Services as a collaborative agency that engages with partners across the state to serve together. In the years since his appointments, Brown and the OKDHS team have tirelessly pursued a set of strategic imperatives referred to as their ‘True North.’ The Oklahoma Human Services True North has ensured that the organization prioritizes the utilization of limited resources to deep service to the communities most in need in the State of Oklahoma. In addition to having built a passion for serving seniors through his prior profession and Board of Directors engagement with the Alzheimer’s Association, Brown has built a life of service to children through non-profit service including the OU Children’s Hospital Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, the OKC Zoo, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, among others. He and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 20 years and have two children, Hannah and Ford. 

Justin’s ADVICE –

Your voice is important and you can do anything. The bigger the goal, the bigger the dream. It just takes more effort, planning, preparing, studying and work, but you absolutely can do anything. Just remember, progress towards that goal is incremental, meaning you have to take a small step today or this week or this year or this summer. Do something this summer that helps propel you to what may take you 10 years to get to if your goals are big. It just takes a lot more time and effort but progress even small progress is important and builds to the next step.

Key Takeaways:

  • Practicing mindfulness keeps you present in the moment
  • Define success in order to determine the steps needed to take
  • As a leader, remember people are watching how you respond
  • Taking notes reaffirms and validates your ideas
  • We can do big things if we work together

Connect with Justin:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbrownokc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/secretary_brown/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/secretarybrown/

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