Joy Banfield

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Strategic dot connector Joy Banfield, in brief.

Joy Banfield

Home: Nebraska.  Age: Geriatric millennial.  Profession: Strategic people operations. Organization: Designity.  Title: Vice President of People Operations.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  

Recent recognition: Given responsibility for leading our company’s acquisition related internal due diligence process.  Recent professional development: Provided with the opportunity to add operations experience to my role in people and talent management, leading to my appointment as Chief of Staff to two successive CEOs.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)?  Championing and leading a strategic pivot at my company during the early days of the pandemic; specifically, re-tooling our product line to facilitate the manufacture, distribution and donation of over 1 million masks to hospitals, schools, homeless shelters and other communities in need.  Professional certifications and credentials: Certified Gallup Strength’s Coach; Chief of Staff Mastermind Cohort; On Deck Chief of Staff Cohort.  Latest contribution to others: Finishing quilts for the charity Quilts of Valor which donates quilts to veterans.  Hobbies: Corgis, quilting, grilling, riding motorcycles.  

Personality profile: ISFJ (Defender: Introverted, Observant, Feeling, Judging).  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Dedicated.  Moral compass: Be a good human. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Someone who does what they say they’re going to do.  

What is your greatest joy? Freedom.  What is your guilty pleasure? Reality TV.  What natural talent have you neglected? Singing and acting.  Recent unique acquisition: A delightful little Honda Rebel 300.  A great outlet to clear my head and enjoy the world around me.

What three emojis best describe you? 🤦‍♀️️🙄😂.

What was your first paying job? Delivering newspapers.  What was your favorite college course? Abnormal Psychology.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Quilts.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t feel responsible for filling in the silence.  What company or organization do you most admire? The Trevor Project.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Divorce.

What change would you like to see in the world? Acceptance without argument.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Just be nice.  What widely held belief do you reject? Original Sin.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Social media.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Figuring It Out.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jennifer Aniston.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? I don’t believe in the concept of heaven, but my mother passed away nineteen years ago, and I’d love to spend an evening with her.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An actress.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? All I need are my family and my pets.  What advice would you give your younger self? Be you. All of you.  All the time.  Don’t give pieces of yourself away. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My late teens.

Personal mission: Work hard, do the right thing and find ways to enjoy life.  Personal motto: Be the best human you possibly can, without giving pieces of yourself away.

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