How did you discover your passion for what you do?

When I entered college, I didn’t yet know what I wanted to do for a career, but I always knew I wanted to help others. I spent time exploring fields such as medicine and counseling, but it was the time volunteering in Detroit (thanks to my Delta Zeta chapter) that helped me recognize the impact I could have in the field of nonprofit administration. By working with nonprofits and foundations across Michigan, I am able to help so many communities grow, improve and thrive.

 

What opportunities have helped shape your career?

Even within my professional career, it has been the volunteer or extracurricular opportunities that have helped shape me. When my organization established a project management committee, I volunteered to represent my department – I believe it was that experience that helped organization leaders see my potential and dedication for internal growth. By volunteering for other committees external to my organization, I have been able to network and learn from others I otherwise might not have known. These experiences have helped shape me and my career path.

 

What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

I love the Maya Angelou quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When making important decisions, I always reflect internally on how an action (or lack of action) will make those who are affected feel. I believe this practice makes me be a better friend, colleague and leader.