Tell us a little bit about yourself – who are you as an individual?
Philanthropy is at the core of my profession and my person. I have a long-held belief in the spirit and power of generosity, and I know the value of a servant’s heart. Both serve me well in my role as a Sr. Philanthropic Advisor at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), where I work with generous individuals, families, and companies to help amplify their charitable giving and connect them with local causes. I love my job.
On a personal note, I’m a New Englander who followed a fellow from Boston to Cincinnati in 2012 for what was meant to be a short-term relocation for his job. Nine years later, divorced for seven, I’ve learned many lessons about grit and a trusting faith. And I find myself deeply immersed in – and deeply happy in – a community that became my safe harbor and my home. Northern Kentucky threw its arms around me, and I’ve held on tight. Giving back to the region directs my course; whether I’m doing it for GCF, for the nonprofit boards and committees on which I have the pleasure to serve, or in my free time with friends. My gratitude for the opportunities, invitations, and friendships I’ve found here is boundless – and Impact 100 has been an integral part of all of these.
What excites you about being an Impact 100 member?
In the big, coastal cities in which I’ve lived, being a philanthropist often meant your name on a building – etched large and singularly. To be part of a philanthropic community that is accessible, engaging, educating, and team-focused – to be part of a highly goal-oriented organization that lifts you as it climbs and puts you in good company with so many smart women – that really excites me as a member.
Could you provide a brief description about your favorite Impact 100 moment or experience?
Naturally, I am proud about the growth of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program – both as a member of its inaugural class of 2015 and as the Program Liaison today. Graduating the scholars to full Impact 100 membership is always a thrill, especially as many of these graduates go on to take leadership roles within the organization. Favorite moments? Being able to increase the number of scholarships from four to six in 2019, and then six to eight in 2020 – thanks to the wide belief in and support of this program, as well as the strong caliber of candidates.
I also deeply enjoyed the Step-Up series that Impact 100 launched last summer! For five months, I ended up carrying around the book it was based on (Walking the Steps of Cincinnati, by Mary Anna DuSablon), doing every single tour. It helped me get through the very difficult summer and fall.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
After the isolation and retreat forced on us in 2020, I most look forward to emerging back into a world in which we can be together in person and celebrate with linked arms all the ways in which we still stayed connected, persevered, and strengthened ourselves and our work in our community.