Her accomplishments speak for themselves, but,
who is this woman? When discussing her family, experiences, goals, and vision, she exhibits a sharp wit,
discerning insight, and a very positive spark. She would
be an ideal best friend.
BECOMING TERESA BRYCE BAZEMORE
The family is the first social environment for most
of us, and, depending on the structure, the family takes
on a persona. For Teresa, like many children with no
siblings, she and her parents somewhat resembled
“The Three Musketeers,” and spent a lot of time to-
“My mom has been the most influential person in
my life,” she reflects fondly. “Both of my parents were
influential, but my mom and I were really close. I loved
going to my mom’s classes when she was teaching.
I would sit in the back of the classroom and read. I
loved to help her grade papers. We did a lot together.
“Being the only child, I was closely involved in the
activities of my parents. They were active in church,
career, and community endeavors. My mother was a
teacher and my dad was a machinist for the Depart-
ment of the Navy. I was always with them at meetings
and events, and I was exposed to groups of adults and
adult conversation from a very early age. I think that
made a huge difference for me.”
Through the close relationship Teresa formed with
her parents, she also learned significant lessons about
values, responsibility, and opportunity.
“My parents always cared about other people,”
she reflects, “They always encouraged me to think
about others, how things are for other people, sharing,
and giving back.
“They also emphasized the importance of trust
and credibility. I could see my parents were respected
in our community and in our church community, and I
identified with that value. For them, too, it was always
about doing your best.”
Teresa lives and works in the Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania area, but is a native Virginian. She’s lived some
other places, like St. Louis, Missouri, and Charlotte,
North Carolina, but, she’s drawn to city life and what
it offers. Teresa attributes her perspective on how
people live and work to spending her formative years
in a smaller community and then later taking advan-
tage of what a bigger city has to offer.