“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Perhaps it all began at a very young age as I volunteered at local walk-a-thons and phone-a-thons. I felt the call to contribute to something bigger than myself. When I wasn’t volunteering for fundraising activities, I would stay after school to serve in student government, plan school events, or walk to teach religious education. My plethora of activities was not motivated by the need to impress college recruiters, but rather from knowing that I had a purpose to give back.
As a high school senior, I competed in the America’s Junior Miss scholarship program (now Distinguished Young Woman) and won the Rhode Island’s Junior Miss. It was life-changing as it offered me a full four-year scholarship to Troy University. It was here that I fell in love with the South, fried green tomatoes, and discovered my passion for public relations. I also became a member of Greek life and learned invaluable leadership lessons while supporting philanthropic efforts on campus and in the community. As we recited the Alpha Gamma Delta purpose for four years, one line always stood out, which I took to heart:
To welcome the opportunity to contribute to the world’s work in the community where I am placed because of
the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.
My passion for PR evolved as I explored opportunities in government, nonprofit, corporate, and academia. I took what I learned and loved and launched my own boutique-consulting agency. It has evolved over the past ten years to support brands that believe that purpose-driven organizations deliver the best results for team members, clients, and communities alike. My clients are true partners whom I am proud to collaborate with because they use business as a force for good. I appreciate the opportunity to share my purpose with them - to amplify the goodness of individuals and organizations for the betterment of society.
My commitment to my purpose and my community has not faltered. As a mom to three energetic and amazing children, I engage in community service that allows me to be a part of their daily activities including PTO positions, support of their annual toy drive for the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet, and as an active member of my church.
Now that I’m quietly approaching 40, I want to boldly encourage other nearly 40-something business leaders to commit to something bigger. My goal in 2019 is to motivate forty, 40-year-old business leaders to identify or rediscover their purpose to contribute to the world. Stay tuned to learn more about #40ForAPurpose!
None of what I have done or what I plan to do could be done alone. I offer my sincerest gratitude to Troy University and its leadership, particularly Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Tom Davis, and Donna Schubert; Alpha Gamma Delta sorority; University of Rhode Island Professor Abran Salazar; Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital; Jimmy Fund at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, particularly Dr. Mark Kieran; Mom and Dad; my husband Eric; and my three blessings, Owen, Emmy, and Evan.
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