Hey y'all! I'm a Corporate Auditor/Financial Analyst turned non-profit Associate Director. I found my niche in non-profit and am truly fulfilled.
Lewis & Clark
- Human Services
- Community Organizer
- Finding a Mentor
- Public Speaking
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Serving on a Board
- Leadership Opportunities
Accounting, financial analysis, data analysis, financial reporting, strategic planning/thinking, continuous improvement specialist, fundraising, event planning, clear communication, office management, cost reduction strategy
Just a week after being hired at United Way, my first full-time non-profit position, I had a one-on-one meeting with our Executive Director where she informed me that if something were to happen to her for one reason or another, I was next at bat to lead the organization. No pressure for a young professional who is just getting her feet wet in the business side of the non-profit world. You see, my resume included a long list of volunteer leadership positions for various organizations, one of them being United Way, but I spent the first two years of my career in Corporate Internal Audit and Financial Analysis. A $2B manufacturing company and a $750,000 non-profit are two very different things. However, I quickly realized that almost all of my skill-set easily transcended the two industries, and I am now working with 3 other very empowering women. I am a planning nerd – strategic planning, event/logistic planning, financial planning, social planning – you name it. Recognizing this, my boss completely bought into my idea of having a strategic planning retreat for our staff just 6 months after being hired. She let me be the sole organizer and facilitator of an event that would map out our entire vision for 2018. Still being new enough to have a 3rd party, birds-eye view, I was able to ask the right questions to challenge the norm. I am a huge proponent of having a focused mission and vision, effectively pursuing them through every business activity, and pursuing them in the most efficient manner. Change can be hard, but it can be good, and it most definitely can be necessary. In my 8 months with the organization, I have initiated many changes to our financial processes to eliminate risk, improve efficiency, and cut costs. When you are surrounded by co-workers who trust you, believe in you, and empower you to be a leader, it is such a motivating and fulfilling environment.
Secondly, I am a volleyball coach who aims to teach technical skill and self-discipline, increase volleyball IQ, and instill my deep passion for the game in my players. From the time I could run to the end of my collegiate career, sports have taught me more lessons on work-ethic, professionalism, communication, and teamwork (to name just the tip of the ice berg) than any other activity or education program. I want every young athlete to also get as much out of the amazing skill-set that the game has to offer as I did – one that transcends miles and years beyond the court.
Lastly, while working in Corporate Finance, I held a volunteer leadership position on our Community Outreach Team. Each year the team voted to sponsor a Wish Kid from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and I was in charge of the sub-committee. We came up with creative and fun ways to raise $8,000 to sponsor a little guy to go to Disney World and another to go back to his birth place of Hawaii to visit long-lost family. We did so by creating and selling a company cookbook filled with employee recipes, having a bowl-a-thon, and other various small FUNdraisers. At the end of each campaign, we welcomed the little guys back from their trips with a celebration, cake, ice cream, and gifts. While working for a company whose main goal was to produce as many semi, tank, and flatbed trailers as possible, it was a perfect way to engage my passion for the non-profit world, event planning, and our incredibly caring and generous work-force for a bigger purpose outside of transportation.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
I think the typical answer for this section would include something about wanting to connect with others in my field, in my geographic location, and with similar interests. However, I really want to join Powerhouse for almost the exact opposite reason. I have always tried to strategically take advantage of opportunities to become a well-rounded person. In sports, the utility player, one who can play any position when called upon, is often the most valuable even though he or she may not be the one in the headlines. I believe that is true in life too – there is great value in being well-versed and curious. So, I want to join Powerhouse to meet and learn about ALL of you – whether you are in non-profit, accounting, finance, or not! I want to learn about your career – your favorite parts and the challenges. I want to learn about your background – what you studied, what job path you have taken to get to this point, especially if it’s not the “logical” one. Ultimately, I would love for networking contacts to be come friends as well. Nonetheless, I would never say no to being a resource for questions regarding any of my experience or skills.
I’m originally from Indiana so if you’re a fellow mid-westerner by birth and want to talk flatlands and corn fields, I would jump at the opportunity. Or, if you’re a fellow transplant (from anywhere) and want to talk about all the things we love about our new home and everything that comes with starting a new life, I’m there. Lastly, but certainly not least, if you’re a native who is willing to share all your favorite treasures about this state, I’d soak it all in.