My foundational values were laid by three of the most influential people in my life - my mom, dad, and Grandma O. The people that I have meet along the way - friends, mentors, family members, teachers, and passerby's alike - and places - my home, John Carroll, and the locations I traveled to - have reinforced these values and added depth to their meaning.
My dad has always been at the service of others - our family, his co-workers, and everyone he meets. I feel a call to serve, connecting my purpose and passion to the world's greatest needs. I see that in service that their is a rich story and I, as an educated women from the suburbs of Chicago, have the privilege and power to help elevate the stories of vulnerable populations. In studying marketing and communication, I am working to reframe the way I communicate to inspire, empower, and activate positive change.
My dad is an entrepreneur at heart bubbling with ideas. A later mentor, Doan Winkle, has empowered me to take action with my ideas and write my own story. To be entrepreneurship is taking creativity and backing with action while meeting a world need. I value curiosity and I am attracted to people with an entrepreneurial mindset.
My mom is a realtor, and a damn good one. She goes above and beyond to help people find their sense of place and to create their home. Community is multidimensional and essential to our well-being as humans. In the digital age and in the heat of globalization I value community. I want to be apart of it and help foster it at home, in my neighborhood and in the world at large. Success to me is not where you are but who you are with. Thus, community is at the cornerstone of all I do.
My memories of O's are with a book in her hand. She was a lifelong learner and that is what I strive to be in my life. I value experimental learning which I believe we can do every single day by intentionally living. It is through reading, listening, and being present that we can continue to grow and learn. I value the time and space for reading, art, purposeful conversations and adventures.
O's was a devote Catholic. In the traditional sense, she went to mass most days and spent Sunday with family at church. As I grow into my own faith, I hold the traditions that she practiced close to my heart as I grow into the idea of Ignation Spirituality, seeing God in all things. Everything I do is with the intuition to bring our earth and humanity closer to how God created it.