How did you become involved with GOTR-STL?
I first became aware of the GOTR-STL program in August 2010 when some friends of mine invited me to join a Young Professional’s Board (YPB) meeting. From the first meeting I was completely inspired by the mission to promote confidence, self esteem, and healthy self images in young girls. I attended trivia night, joined the YPB, and a few months later completed my second and third half marathons. As the newly elected President it’s pretty amazing to look back on the three years I’ve been involved and see how I’ve grown as a leader. I truly believe it has been my partnership with the organization that has paved the way for much of my own continued successes as a runner and philanthropist.
What are your goals for the YPB?
As the YPB President, I first and foremost want to see us reach our fundraising goal so we can provide scholarships to as many young girls as possible. We are a growing board with a strong team structure heading into this year and I’m excited to see what we are capable of achieving. In a lot of ways the same issues that our girls learn about and overcome in practices are the things that we will be examining this year as a board. How do we identify individual strengths and use them together for the greatest impact? As women in our 20’s and 30’s how can we best lead joyful, healthy, active, and confident lifestyles? That’s what is so exciting about GOTR’s message and mission – it truly is applicable for a lifetime.
What is your favorite GOTR-STL or YPB event and why?
Hands down my favorite event working with my amazing board members is our annual Trivia Night. We have a blast socializing, competing, and raising lots of money for the scholarship fund. It is a great way to educate the community about our board mission in a way that reflects the personality of our board. When it comes to working with the girls it doesn’t get better than the 5k in the fall and spring. Seeing thousands of young ladies take to the streets to celebrate themselves, their accomplishments, and their teammates is truly inspiring. It is an honor to serve the girls at registration.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I am a Girl on the Run for life. Thank you for the opportunity to both serve and lead within such a powerful and worthy organization! Who runs the world?! GIRLS!