In this segment we are highlighting one of our very own, Circle Members, Zna Portlock Houston. On Tuesday, October 8, Ms. Houston will be admitted into the bar of The Supreme Court of The United States.
BIO: Currently, Portlock Houston serves as the Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Known to break barriers, Zna was the first African American to hold a management position in the over 100 year history of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses – the in-house counsel labor relations at Fox, Inc. and more.
1. As you reflect on your career and where you are today, what are three factors you feel contributed to your success?
A. Putting God first and knowing that I was not better than anyone else but God didn’t make me inferior to anyone either. I’m different and everyone has their own journey. Where others say ok, I ask why not. Where some say let’s wait, I say do it now. Where others get caught because they don’t see it coming, I embrace the worst-case scenario.
B. I can credit Odyssey with at least two promotions over the span of my career and the inspiration to create two businesses. Odyssey over the last 20 years provided that boost of courage that one feels when traveling on the African Continent! Thank you Odyssey!!
C. Engaging in personal development and always being open to learning, implementing my new tools and then sharing what I have learned with others.
2. As a leader in the corporate arena, what advice would you give to multicultural women trying to achieve the same level of success?
Pray often for favor among those who on the surface can play a role in your upward mobility, but know that you are blessed and highly favored as long as my grandmother once said: “you do right, first, yourself!” And that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. So never sit on your gifts and talents. Don’t wait to be chosen, you choose how far you want to elevate and define you. No one else can define or limit who you are nor your potential.
3. What are a few of your hobbies?
Connecting people with those who can provide solutions, Crocheting and traveling.
4. What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be that I was a servant leader; that I gave of my talents to improve situations around me; and I utilized my creativity to pioneer opportunities for many.
5. How has being a member of the Odyssey Circle benefited you both personally and professionally?
Odyssey has served to uplift my spirit when the “system” and individuals sought to box me in and inspired me to keep soaring, learning and developing.
The Odyssey Circle is a unique group of multicultural, like-minded executives, professionals, entrepreneurs and women in transition, who are interested in connecting and networking. The group’s principles align with our Odyssey Circle mission: Connecting multicultural women around the world, positively uplifting each other – all while having fun traveling and gathering socially. For more information or to apply to join The Odyssey Circle visit https://odysseymedia.com/odysseycircle/.