This post is part of an occasional series focusing on Leadership Development Academy graduates and what they have done, personally and professionally, in the years following their LDA experience. Please contact us if you would like to be profiled here, or would like to recommend a graduate for us to feature.
What are you doing now?
I am the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember being in 5th grade and deciding I wanted to be a Psychologist. I knew from little on I wanted to help people, especially children and families.
How did LDA help you on your journey?
My career has been dedicated to supporting and advocating for others within the non-profit field. As rewarding as this has been, my scope of Rock County was more limited to the non-profit world. LDA gave me a wonderful opportunity to expand my network into the for-profit field and build lasting connections in the community.
What piece of advice would you give a new LDA participant?
I would say to commit fully to the program. You will get out of it whatever you put into it. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family and being outdoors.
When you reflect on your LDA experience, what is your fondest memory? Scariest Memory?
The whole experience was great! I really enjoyed the tours and seeing more of Rock County and what it all has to offer. I also had fun at OWLS even though the high ropes course was definitely my scariest memory — I am terrified of heights.
Why have you stayed involved with LDA?
I believe in the impact LDA provides and is a unique professional and personal development opportunity.
“Where awareness goes, energy flows.” Dandapani
In other words, what you focus on, you get more of.
If you could choose a community project or need to help out with today, what would it be and why?
I am fortunate enough to have an opportunity every day to help with a community need while working at the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville. I believe youth are our most precious resource that we need to invest in. All kids deserve opportunities and support to thrive and reach their full potential. Afterall, they will be the next generation of leaders and we want them to be as successful as possible.