1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?
I was introduced to philanthropy and fundraising when I was a student at Lyon College. I didn’t know it at the time, but my decision to join Phi Mu sorority would lead me to a fulfilling career in fundraising through Phi Mu’s national philanthropy of choice—Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). Through my work on the philanthropy committee, I had the opportunity to partner with the fundraising team at Arkansas Children’s, and I was given exposure to fundraising as a profession.
2. Why did you choose to make healthcare philanthropy your career?
Children need advocates. I feel it is our responsibility to speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Children’s hospitals have a long history of making sure every child has access to quality care tailored to meet their unique needs. I have the opportunity to go to work every day for a mission I’m extremely passionate about and spend time with incredible individuals who bring meaning to every philanthropic conversation and every dollar raised.
3. Tell us about a pivot point or crucial step in your career journey.
When I look back on my career, I can identify several breakthrough moments. One important career turning point was getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Stepping out of my comfort zone in small and big ways has been key to my growth as a fundraiser and a leader.
4. What was your first job, and what is something it taught you?
In high school, I was a cashier at a Dairy Queen fast food location. It taught me the importance of customer service, remaining calm under pressure and that any job can be fun when you have the right team around you.
5. What are your future aspirations?
To make Arkansas the safest, healthiest place to be a child.