Home: South Carolina and the Twin Cities. Birthplace: Atlanta, GA. Profession: Manufacturing – outdoor lifestyle industry. Organization: Winnebago Industries. Title: Vice President, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Languages spoken: English; studied Spanish and Japanese.
Latest contribution to others: Developed a nursing scholarship in honor of my mother’s legacy. Recent travel or adventure: Three weeks in Bali. Last book read: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Lugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Recently viewed and recommended: Till (film).
Personality profile: Adventurous, open, intuitive. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Connector. Moral compass: Are you comfortable with it being on the front page of the news? What is your guilty pleasure? Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. What is at the top of your bucket list? Thailand and Vietnam. How do you relieve stress? Spa me, please. What is your go-to workout? Peloton.
What was your first paying job? Selling newspapers at the Atlanta Braves stadium. What was your favorite college course? Spanish. What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Notebook. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Artwork. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Learn from your mistakes quickly. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t be afraid to take on challenging assignments. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The Calm app.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? I want to create workplaces that are so inclusive, we won’t need DEI departments. What change would you like to see in the world? I wish we all took the time to see people they way they want to be seen versus how we choose to see them. What message do you want to send out into the world? Life is to be lived. Take every opportunity to be present.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Rose that Grew from Concrete. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Issa Rae. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mom. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A professional dancer. What advice would you give your younger self? You are enough. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.
Personal mission: Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, as long as ever you can. Favorite quote: “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” (Maya Angelou). Desired epitaph: She lived and loved with passion and purpose.