How did you discover your passion for what you do, and what opportunities have helped shape your career?

I discovered my passion in part through happenstance and impart through a leap of courage. When we moved from Omaha back home to Des Moines, I had my sights set on our Blue Cross Blue Shield plan because I just knew that that was a company where I could grow and learn. During my time there we had a tumultuous reorganization where each person reapplied for their current or any other job that they qualified for. I was the only team member to apply to the new strategy team that reported directly to our executive vice president. Consequently, I was the only one that was chosen. This helped to shape my passion for strategic planning. Even though it was a trying time, I found that this is what I was made to do.


Who has been an invaluable mentor for your professional career? What did you learn from them?

Mary Chase, Vice President Provost Creighton University, has taught me to pursue my dreams with my full heart. She believed in me the first day that I stepped on campus and has done so ever since. She spoke at our wedding, and she has been my constant reference and only a phone call away when I need her for advice on family or work. She embodies what it means to be a working mother with a strong career. I only hope I can be as successful as her someday.


How do you make sure you stay connected with your professional network?

Over time, past weddings and the birth of babies, we have found time to send each other caring notes of love text messages and share special moments via Snapchat. The world is a small place thanks to technology. Even though we can’t always all be together, and we are separated by miles and distance, our hearts always stay with one another. My DZs will always be my sisters.


How have friendships helped you professionally? Is there a friend (or Delta Zeta sister) that has been behind you every step of the way on your career journey?

Yes! Gina Ott Ladd helped me with my first job and recommended me for several promotions while I was in Omaha. Jill Kawa Raderstorf has helped me ever since the day we met, as my roommate and fellow executive officer. Jill has been there as a sounding board full of words of wisdom and support. Leah Skovran Georges has also always had my back and has helped to promote me behind the scenes. I am forever indebted to these incredible women.

My friend, Adrianna, has been behind me every step of the way in my career. We connected early on in our professional careers, even though we never worked together, but more or less to run ideas by each other and talk through our experiences in the workplace and organizations.