What do you enjoy the most about your industry? I really enjoy working with a diverse group of community stakeholders in the Dane County area. It’s also wonderful to be part of an organization that started here in Dane County and has grown to have 100s of other affiliates across the country. Most importantly, I enjoy being able to improve the lives of individuals impacted by mental illness. As someone that has lived experience, I know the challenges and opportunities.
How do you define success? For me, success is having a positive impact in the community and being involved in meaningful work that leaves this world a better place.
Who inspires you? I am most inspired by my son, Felix. He has Autism and is facing a lot of challenges in a world that isn’t designed for him. Despite the challenges, he continues to persevere and to inspire his teachers, family and friends.
What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them? One of the biggest challenges that I currently face is managing my professional work alongside supporting my children in the new virtual world, especially online learning. The major thing that I do to stay centered and focused is to give myself and others grace. I continually remind myself that I can’t do everything that I was doing last year, and it’s OK. I also make sure to spend a lot of time outdoors.
What advice would you give a young professional starting out today? We are living in an unprecedented time in history, and it’s extremely overwhelming. Try to find the opportunities to innovate or modify your professional goals, and don’t be afraid to take some risks.
In what ways has your chamber membership benefited your business? I have really appreciated connecting with folks that I would not have in the past. A lot of my work is about building relationships and connections within the community, so the Chamber will be an invaluable networking tool.
What is something you cannot live without? Of course, my family and friends, but also reality television.
What’s something about you that most people may not know (favorite band, favorite food, childhood memory, etc.)? I grew up speedskating with Casey FitzRandolf and knew Eric and Beth Heiden.