Erica is the chair for the Women Connect Series, a new fun and educational series designed to engage the women of Project W beyond our commitments as members. She has been involved with Project W since its inception and continues to give back to the community through volunteering her time and efforts. Erica works as a senior account manager at Gordian, is an avid reader, and enjoys being a part of the CrossFit community.
What inspired you to join Project W?
I was inspired to join Project W from the all-inspiring TCF leader Heather Hassel-Finnegan. We were old colleagues and now lifetime friends and she introduced me to Project W as the founders were piecing it together. I wanted to find ways to give back to the community and also wanted to have the opportunity to learn about the needs of the community and some of the responses and resources different organizations provide. Since joining, I am continuously blown away by the generosity of the organizations that apply for our funding and am in awe and grateful for the members that make up the Project W community. The women of Project W have diverse backgrounds and experiences that I am fortunate enough to learn from with each interaction.
What other organizations/causes do you support?
I am a volunteer for Scholars Match and offer coaching for college and career readiness to students.
This is not a famous quote, but a phrase I keep returning to and try to live by that a colleague once said to me:
“For every experience we either celebrate it or learn from it, we don’t let it pass us by.”
It reminds me to keep trying, to be unafraid to fail, and to reflect and grow from every moment.
What has been the most impactful thing from your experience?
The growth in participation from Year 1 to Year 2 was so impressive to see! The impact we made exceeded my expectations, so I am really looking forward to providing more funds to the community.
Anything that you want to share about the new Women Connect series?
I am really excited for the series! Once a month, we will focus on specific topics and have guest speakers share their experiences with Project W. It is a new way for us to share, discuss and learn from one another conveniently at our homes and all are welcome. Some of our guest speakers will be our very own Project W members and some sessions will be a social hour or a time for us to discuss an article/podcast share. Hopefully we can have an in-person session later in the year!
A goal for 2021 (can be something personal or about Project W)?
Attend every Women Connect Series!
A personal goal is to train for a marathon – I got up to half a marathon this year and I enjoy the discipline and calm I feel from running.
I am a diehard New York Rangers fan and I don’t miss a single game!