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A Moment With...
Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn, Ed. D.
Deputy Director of Education, Outreach, and Strategic Engagement Bureau of Finance for the Office of Contract Compliance of Cook County.

Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn

What is “A Moment With”? The Women’s Business Development Center is pleased to continue with our series, “A Moment With”, where we periodically highlight some of our greatest supporters and partners, sharing their career experiences and advice. This month, we will be highlighting Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn, Ed. D., Deputy Director of Education, Outreach, and Strategic Engagement Bureau of Finance for the Office of Contract Compliance of Cook County.

Meet Deputy Director, Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn: As Deputy Director of Education, Outreach, and Strategic Engagement Bureau of Finance for the Office of Contract Compliance of Cook County, Makeba supports the equity for and inclusion of Minority-Owned (MBE), Women-Owned (WBE), Veteran-Owned (VBE), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVBE), and Person with Disability-Owned (PDBE). The Office of Cook County is responsible for setting MBE, WBE, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals on Cook County and Cook County Health contracts and monitoring those goals and contracts to ensure that MBE, WBE, and DBE vendors are being paid for the work they do.


A Lesson

We asked: Tell us about a piece of advice you received from a mentor that has helped you succeed.

Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn shared: Back in 2018 after a failed relationship, a friend and mentor told me that one of the best things to do while on a journey of “becoming” was to focus on becoming the very characteristics that I wanted to attract. In doing so, by default, a divine and covenant attraction would come forth. While this was advice for an intimate relationship, I have carried this over to both my platonic and professional relationships. Following this advice has attracted some of the highest quality people into my life and created relationships of reciprocity that have fed my soul.


A Turning Point

We asked: Where do you look to for inspiration?

Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn shared: For me, inspiration translates into spiritual dependency. As a Christian, I choose to live my life—whether personal or professional—in alignment with how God tells me to move. I try very hard to stay away from knee-jerk decision-making or movement, and this posture has taken years to develop. Therefore, my inspiration comes through moments where I am praying, reading scripture, or spending time with people who make up my covenant relationships. So far, this has worked well for me.


A Guidepost

We asked: What is your definition of success or failure?

Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn shared: My definition of success is being personally aligned with what you are created to do and doing it. This takes personal introspection and a relationship with God. It is not some arbitrary dollar amount or societal standard of status accomplished over time, but rather the accomplishment of knowing that you have understood and completed an assignment.

We asked: What book, podcast, or other resource do you consider a must-read or listen?

Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn shared: A must listen podcast is the one I host! It’s called “The Healthy Woman Podcast,” a talk therapy platform that curates healing conversations for women. You can find it on YouTube at @THWpod.

 

Thank you, Dr. Makeba Butler Phinn, for participating in “A Moment With”; we are proud to call you a loyal friend of the WBDC.

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