How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I discovered my passion for philanthropy during college. It started in my first year when I had the opportunity to cheer for our university and was asked to work on outreach projects. This made my heart feel so good to bring joy and fun to others. In my second year of college, I joined Delta Zeta. During my three years in the Sorority, I learned so much about being in service to others and leading groups to do good. I believe that it was during that time that I found my passion for philanthropy and the impact it can have on so many. When I had the opportunity to join the non-profit sector in 2009, it solidified to me that philanthropy is my calling. Every interaction I had with volunteers inspired me; every dollar I raised motivated me to raise more. I know that serving others is what I need to do to feel fulfilled and passionate about the world around me.


What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

One of my all-time favorite words of wisdom comes from the timeless Mister Rogers when he says, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”  In this ever-changing world, when it seems that darkness often prevails, the helpers truly are my north star and my light. In my work, I feel so humbled to be surrounded by “the helpers,” who make this world so good. I will also never forget my mom’s advice that it is better to be respected than liked. Respect trumps like any day of the week. This has rung true for me as I have evolved as a leader and although it is hard to take initially, I have realized that respect really is everything.