Business: Big Brothers Big Sisters Abilene
Job title: Vice President of Development
Why are you working in this industry?
I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that invests in nurturing potential and fostering brighter futures for young individuals in our community. Witnessing the transformative power of mentorship and the positive change it brings to children's lives fuels my passion for this work. Being a mentor to a Little Sister for the second time has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It's an honor to share life with Madisyn and witness her growth into the individual she is meant to be.
What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful?
1. Creating a daily to-do list keeps me focused and productive.
2. Staying organized helps me handle tasks efficiently, adapting to changes as they come.
3. Maintaining a healthy balance between work and home life so that I am present in both areas.
Who is the person who most influenced you in business?
The person who most influenced me in business was Mark Rogers. Mark served as not just a boss but also a mentor who continues to influence me even after his passing. His guidance significantly shaped my understanding of development and building relationships. I aim to emulate his effortless kindness and strive to make even a fraction of the impact he made during his lifetime.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
In the next decade, my primary career goal is to continue finding fulfillment in the work I do, fostering a positive environment, and making a tangible difference in the community I serve.
Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off?
During my hard-earned time off, you'll likely find me spending time with my family, cheering for Cooper High School Boys Basketball, and relaxing at Lake Granbury. I also enjoy planning parties with friends and leisurely strolls through the aisles of Target.
Describe yourself in one word.
If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be?
One piece of advice I would offer to someone starting out in any field is to seek out a mentor. A mentor can serve as a guiding light, offering valuable advice, encouragement, and insights gained from their experiences. Having someone to turn to for guidance can significantly impact your growth and success.
Abilene Chamber of Commerce Leadership Abilene: Participant (Class of 2013)
Abilene Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals: Member
Abilene Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Task Force: Member (2014)
Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based Program: Mentor (2014-2020)
Big Brothers Big Sisters Site-Based Program: Mentor
Indiana University Fund Raising Management Program: Participant
Texas Travel Industry Association Travel and Tourism College: Participant (2012-2013)
United Way of Abilene: Partner
I've been married to my husband, Karl, for six wonderful years. We are proud parents to two amazing children: Hazel, who is three years old, and Henry, who just turned one. Both Karl and I are alumni of Hardin-Simmons University. Karl teaches math and coaches boys basketball and track at Cooper High School.