On why the HBA felt like a good fit: “It felt like a very good fit because I’ve been in member organizations for about 10 years. So it’s not starting new, but it’s in a completely different industry. It also felt like they were looking for a people person who can drum up the organization and insert a little pizzazz. I basically said, here’s who I am, and here’s the things that I am good at and love to do. And I was very pleased to know that it was also what they were looking for.”
On a turning point in her career: “The first time I worked in a nonprofit member organization, I got to see businesses and individuals pull together to better their community... At every corner, you find people who are voluntarily contributing their resources of money, time and energy for an organization, an industry or a community that they love and just want to see better. For over 10 years, I have worked for organizations that people voluntarily give their time and money and energy resources to. And that is amazing to see what you can do when you harness a group of people around a mission.”
On advice for her younger self: “Have the confidence that whether you’re making the right decision or the wrong decision, it’s okay. It’s okay to make the decision and live with it. Because sometimes you just have to make the decision and live with it, whatever the answer may be."