We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, how do you define success?
I define my success by the amount of lives that I positively impact. Success is not monetary for me. I work hard now to pave the path for generations to follow in my footsteps. For me, that is called legacy. I have not been blessed with the opportunity of becoming a parent yet, however mentoring and grooming young women to success is a true passion of mine. This is evident in the business concept of my sister company, Virtual Victoria™; an online course curriculum personally curated by me to teach people how to become a virtual assistant performing at an executive assistant level. Additionally, I’m presently building out the framework for a future non-profit organization that will empower underprivileged young women to success through mentorship called The G.L.A.M.B. Design™. This is an acronym that stands for Growing, Learning, Achieving, Motivating, & Believing; ideologies that result in success for both the mentor and mentee.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Executives Extension™ & Virtual Victorias™ are exclusive industry partners specializing in creating revolutionary virtual business and workforce solutions for entrepreneurs and administrative professionals alike. We take pride in being the leading provider of premium executive support services & lifestyle management assistance. When you need a top-tier, high-performing virtual assistant, who doubles as the “boots on the ground” when predetermined and necessary – you call us!
My background stems from an extensive career in Corporate America supporting c-suite level executives of Fortune 500 companies. Easy is never a descriptive word used to explain a day in the life of an executive assistant. Most days we are thrown challenges from every direction, juggling multiple deliverables at once, maintaining the mental health of our executive, while simultaneously keeping a friendly demeanor about ourselves. We must develop a thick skin as an assistant and have a heart to serve. It takes a service minded individual to excel in this kind of role.
I’ve learned that no ask is too big or little for an assistant. Everything we do is valuable and helps our executive to succeed. This role teaches us the importance of treating everyone equally and giving gratitude whenever possible. Whether you’re the CEO or the Janitor, you matter!
The world should know us as the only suitable option for all your assistant needs, but if nothing else remember this, “Who needs an Alexa when you can have a Virtual Victoria!?”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best-friend came to visit me last August from New Jersey with her beautiful family! We have been best-friends since we were 10 years old. She was visiting with her husband, two sweet toddler boys, and in-laws; so, I played tourist for the week! Since they stayed in the UTC area, their first stop was La Jolla Cove to visit the wild sea lions and get a view of the spectacular sunsets from Sunset Cliffs. The following days they took the kids to the San Diego Zoo and LegoLand. I bought season passes and joined them for a day at SeaWorld! We spent an adult night out on the town in Gaslamp at The Nolan, a local rooftop bar with a great evening view of Petco Park. I sent her and her husband on a much deserved date night in Little Italy for her favorite, great Italian food and wine. They finished the evening off with Salt & Straw ice cream at the Piazza della Famiglia, listening to live music. We ended on their last day with brunch in Coronado with a view at Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill and walked off our yummy meal on the boardwalk near Hotel Del. San Diego, America’s finest city – done right!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe all the glory to God, my creator and maker. Consequently, God is also who gave me my Momma, Momager, Earth Momma, Work Mom, Mother Figure, Angel on Earth… I have referenced her in all these ways but without her, I absolutely would not be where I am today. Henriette Burbank is her government name, but to me, she’s my mom!
I met Momma at my last corporate job, where I was hired as a C-Suite level Executive Assistant. She was a Senior Director who reported directly to the President I supported. Whenever I start a new job I always set up 1 on 1 meetings with my executive’s direct reports to personally meet them and understand how I can best support them in their interactions with our boss. Momma approached my desk just before our meeting time and said, “This is going to be a different kind of 1 on 1, we’re going to get caw-fee” (coffee). I said, “Where are you from?” She said, “New York!” I told her I was from Jersey and since then I became her work daw-ghter (daughter).
Only a month or 2 into my new job, I got the very tragic news of my biological mom’s passing while at work. Momma jumped right into the nurturing mother role and hasn’t left my side since. My relationship with my biological mom wasn’t the best, so I can say that without a doubt, I am closer to Momma than I ever was my bio mom. I finally have the mother/daughter relationship I had always dreamed of.
Not a day goes by where I don’t talk to Momma. We FaceTime multiple times a day. I don’t make any major decisions without her stamp of approval. She is my business confidant, my therapist, my best-friend and my everything! Momma is the main driving force behind my confidence to start my own business in the first place. Without her coaching and mentorship there is no way that Executives Extension™ & Virtual Victorias™ would exist today.
It takes a very special person to love someone else’s child in a way that matches the love they give their own birth children. I am blessed beyond measure to be her child, and I am honored to call her my Momma!