What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
First of all, I’m hilarious! I love people, and I’m extremely outgoing and personable. My passion and expertise are in connecting people to the difference they want to make. I am a visionary, and I hardly ever think inside the box. I want this organization to thrive for generations to come, so I am relentless in pursuing that goal. Also, I am always eager to help others win. As the great Dr. Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I want my team to feel love and supported.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
That I get to help people make meaningful and powerful contributions with their money. As a queer African American woman who has survived multiple suicide attempts as a youth, I wish there was an organization like YES Institute in 1995 when my 15 year old self felt the most helpless and alone. I am present to the fact that I get to ensure that more and more young people feel seen and heard.
What has YES Institute done that you’re particularly proud of?
I am really proud that the vast majority of contributions go directly to support our life-saving work. We always maximize the dollars people invest in our organization, so they can be proud of the difference they make.
What learning experience had the biggest impact on who you are now?
That I am not only responsible for the energy I allow others to bring to my space, I am also responsible for the energy I bring into spaces.
What is something you hope people know about you?
I’m passionate about bullying and suicide prevention. I’m a great mentor to many youth. Most of all, I’m committed to young people overcoming childhood challenges, and living their best life.