Home: Hilliard, OH. Birthplace: Cleveland, OH. Profession: Protecting what matters most. Organization: State Auto | Liberty Mutual. Title: Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: My favorite person, Tony Clark. Alma mater: Ohio University (BBA); Capital University (MBA); Stanford (Advanced Project Management).
Latest contribution to others: Active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. PRIDE parade participant as well as annual charitable gifts to an organization that believes the LGBTQ+ community deserves visibility, inclusion and equality. Hobbies: When not fully engaged in my children’s activities, I enjoy reading, exercising, traveling and cooking. Recent travel or adventure: Dune buggy rides in the sand dunes of Michigan. Last book read: My Life in Full, by Indra Nooyi (for professional development); UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by Michelle Borba (for parental development). Recently experienced and recommended: Chapmans Eat Market. Columbus is lucky to have so many wonderful restaurants and I make sure to share our favorites.
How do you define a perfect friendship? Trust, transparency and support. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers. The pandemic highlighted the need for teachers that are smart, strong and courageous. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel. We want to see all the things. What is your go-to workout? Full body cardio with weights. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Water.
What movie have you repeatedly watched? Elf (my choice) and Encanto (my children’s choice). What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Vacation pictures. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Focus on what you love to do and find a career that allows you to do that. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The robot vacuum. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? My children, and then, art. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Stage IV Cancer diagnosis will change the way you look at everything. Thankfully, I am healthy, happy and thriving today.
What change would you like to see in the world? Greater empathy. What message do you want to send out into the world? Love always wins. What widely held belief do you reject? That women are weak. What mega-trend most concerns you? Social media.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My dad. He was so sick for the last several years of his life. I’d love to sit down for brunch on a Football Sunday morning at a restaurant with him and enjoy some of his favorites: eggs, bacon, toast and coffee. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? On a large boat with my closest family and friends. What advice would you give your younger self? Enjoy every moment; don’t rush life; take better care of yourself. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? Our wedding day. We were surrounded by so much love from family and friends and had so much fun.
Personal mission: To have an impact on the lives of women and children all over the world. Favorite quote: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” (Helen Keller). Desired epitaph: She made the world a better place.