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

My career path is unique in that I recently changed careers. After graduating from Robert Morris University, I started my career as a broadcast news reporter and anchor. I eventually moved to Greenville, North Carolina and spent nearly seven years as the lead morning news anchor. In late 2020, I was approached about an opportunity as the director of marketing and communications for a newly formed economic development organization. My passion is storytelling, and both of these careers have allowed me to do this in various ways. During both of these careers, the leadership and interpersonal communication skills I gained while being involved in Delta Zeta helped guide me.


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

It’s hard to choose just one mentor – but I will say that I’ve learned significantly from a variety of women who have made career changes as their interests changed. I was afraid to try something new, but with the encouragement from others, I gained the confidence to make the jump. I’m so glad that I believed in myself to not only change careers, but also start my own business.


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

I make it a priority to get involved with professional organizations and network at business-related events. Attending professional organization events such as the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau allows me to meet other business owners and connect with them personally and professionally. Getting involved with nonprofits and volunteering with causes that are personal to me allows my network to grow even more.


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?

My best friend, who was also the matron of honor at my wedding, has been an amazing support system and cheerleader. Ashley Zacher Anthony gives the best advice and is truly the most supportive person. In addition, Delta Zeta has blessed me with so many wonderful friendships. I’ve met a variety of Delta Zetas from all across the country in my careers. In Greenville, I connected with a professor at ECU who is a Delta Zeta from Virginia Tech. We are both volunteers for a local animal rescue, and bonded over not only our love for rescue dogs but also our connection with Delta Zeta. Once you’re a sister, you have a bond for life and will continue to meet sisters and friends from around the world.