What is your favorite part of being on the SPACC YPro Committee?
A: Getting to know other people from different professions and sectors of the business community has been my favorite part. You get the opportunity to work alongside people you might not otherwise meet.
What skills have you found essential for success?
A: Organization and clarity. I began my career as a journalist, and it was essential to set clear deadlines and expectations for each story for the publication, and to communicate with everyone involved throughout the project. And since we usually had multiple stories and publications in the works at any given time, it was essential to keep things organized and on track. I’ve found those skills to be helpful in many different contexts and projects since then.
What is a great way to further professional development?
A: Take on a challenge. Ask to take on a project that you know is a stretch for you. I know when I’m open with my supervisor and my colleagues about why I want a particular opportunity and how my past experiences have prepared me for the step forward, it presents an opportunity for me to develop new skills and also strengthen relationships on my team by asking for their support.
What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you?
A: When I was growing up, my parents always emphasized the importance of education. Always be willing to learn new things, either through talking to other people, reading, studying, formally or informally. It instilled in me a deep sense of curiosity and desire to learn.
What is an interesting fact about you?
A: My husband and I enjoy learning about American history. Of the 14 presidential libraries run by the National Archives (beginning with President Herbert Hoover), we’ve visited 10, and plan to someday visit all of them.
Who inspires you professionally and why?
A: As someone who works in the nonprofit sector, I’m always inspired by other advocates around me, both at my organization and at many others. I’m fortunate to always be meeting people who are passionate about their missions and working hard to help others, and that inspires me to do my best work as well.
Any tips for networking?
A: I’ve realized that thinking about networking can be more stressful than actually doing it. If you put yourself out there with a friendly smile and a willingness to listen to other people, you can quickly realize you’re having a great time meeting new people and learning about their passions and goals.
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
A: I love being outside in the sun, either digging in my vegetable garden or taking a long walk around one of the beautiful lakes we have.