Engagement Manager at Acliviti (J5)
"My most memorable moment was realizing how far I’d grown in the Junto time frame."
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
No problem is unique, no hardship hasn’t been conquered before, and there’s always advice to be found in unexpected places if you’re willing to ask.
How would you describe your area of expertise?
Making people feel valued and understand the bigger vision, and making sure they are crystal clear about our goals and their roles within them. I’ve always been really passionate about growing companies from the start.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
At first, it was really intimidating to be the youngest person and only female in our first Mentor session. I was sitting next to six of the most intimidating, smart, and successful people in a single room, and it was uncomfortable at first. Nine months later, we had our last session and I had formed relationships with all of the Mentors and felt comfortable asking them just about any question in the world. I opened up and asked them to give direct feedback for me personally, and it was blunt and honest, but it was feedback I needed to hear. The two founders pulled me aside afterwards, and said they were so proud of me for asking that question, and were jealous they hadn’t done the same. My most memorable moment was realizing how far I’d grown in the Junto time frame.
What are you working on right now?
A colleague and I came up with an idea for a podcast a couple of years ago - it’s going to cover different communities and societies that have popped up in Chicago based on interest, like beach volleyball or street art. We’ve decided to go ahead and put it in action, so we’re in the planning stages right now, and are going to interview people in those communities.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
How I Built This, from NPR. It’s great for people that have any kind of entrepreneurial drive or ambition. I’ve learned so much more from hearing those interviews than I have from a lot of books.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
The biggest leadership virtue that I learned from one of our founders is the thought of an abundance mindset: making decisions in the realm of optimism and the best possible outcome rather than the scarcity of “this couldn’t work for so many reasons.”
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
How incredibly freeing it is to have mindfulness of my weaknesses. During one of the first forum sessions, we talked about the concept of an anchor issue. That practice alone, of wondering when I’m negative, what I can trace that back to, forced me to do serious reflection.
What is your superpower?
Being authentic to myself. My goals and motivations and values have been very consistent; they haven’t changed a lot.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
I was Acliviti’s first employee, and so during my time here, I’ve worked in a ton of different roles and learned from a few different perspectives within the business. A job title or some bullet points don’t cover it well when you were the first employee.