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Obsidian Spotlight: Felicia Lawson

Felicia Lawson was born in Gainesville, FL, but lived most of her adult life in North Augusta, SC, where her husband, Seth, is from. They raised their son, Aaron, there, and when he graduated and went to college, the opportunity presented itself to move to where Felicia originally was from in FL. They’ve lived there full time for about 9 months, and, besides being empty-nesters, they are loving every minute of it. They are within a 30-minute proximity to rivers, springs, and the Gulf Coast. It’s a nature lover's dream.

Felicia worked in office administration for nearly 25 years, but she felt stagnant and was longing for a career change. She was at the beginning of her job search when she received a call from Obsidian asking if she’d like to interview for an open position on the FSA contract. After speaking with Mary Merritt and Michelle Kim, she realized that IT was going to be her new career path, and she hasn’t looked back.

1. What is your role at Obsidian? How long have you been here?

I am currently a Project Coordinator in the Enterprise Cybersecurity Division of FSA. I began my career with Obsidian in late November 2022.

2. What has been one of your proudest moments while working with Obsidian?

I consider being called upon to provide direct support to the FSA CISO to be a great honor. I enjoy working with this wonderful team, so I take great pride in my performance. Being told I am appreciated or being asked if I am doing ok is what makes me proud and confirms I am in the right place for right now.

3. How do you define success?

Success isn’t defined by praise, money, or status. It’s the lessons that are learned from the wins and losses and whether they affected you in a positive way. Winning fairly with grace and sharing it with those who helped you along the way, turning failure into an opportunity to practice and perform your best the next time, these are the marks of a successful person.

4. What's one thing you learned last year?

Last year was filled with momentous events, ups and downs, and major life changes. My son graduated high school and went off to college, I moved out of state from SC to FL, and I made a career change. I learned from these events that life is filled with chances to learn from the challenging times and to seize opportunities when they arise.

5. What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

The last book I read was a historical fiction novel called The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. It’s about 3 very different female code-breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II, the trials and tribulations of navigating relationships during the war, and a spy they are trying to uncover after the war is over. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good historical read dotted with mystery and intrigue.

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