Who are you as an individual?
I am a Denver native who has fallen in love with Cincinnati. I am an avid knitter, gardener, and National Park explorer. I am a co-owner and the Chief People Officer of Haywood Remodel, where we create beautiful home renovations while prioritizing environmental sustainability and waste reduction. Before my current role, I worked at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden as the Program Coordinator for Zoo Access for All to increase visitor accessibility and inclusion, especially for those with developmental disabilities. However, the newest part of my identity is my very favorite: I am a first-time mama to an incredible baby boy, Bennett, born in late December, that my husband and I just had the privilege to adopt.
What excites you about being an Impact 100 member?
There are two big reasons I’m excited and proud to be a 2021 member. Last year, like many people, I felt like I was barely hanging on, barely keeping up, and being very reactive to the world around me. I am excited to be more proactive and intentional in how I can support our community this year, and Impact 100 is one of the ways I’m choosing to ACT instead of REACT this year. Secondly, I’ve been spending quite a few 3am feedings considering what I want Bennett to know, and I keep coming back to this: we cannot control the world or the actions of others, but we have control of ourselves and our ability to do good. It’s up to us to seize the moment and use our skills and resources to create more good in the world, any opportunity we get. Impact 100 allows me to provide an example of that to him.
Could you provide a brief description of your favorite Impact 100 moment, if you have one?
Before I became a member, a friend invited me to virtually attend last year’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Even through the screen, the genuine excitement and gratitude just radiated from the recipients. You could see the gears of change and opportunity turning in their eyes. It totally hooked me.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
I look forward to stop saying (and hearing) the words “in these unprecedented times”. There is no doubt 2021 will bring its own challenges on a global and local scale (and in my household, raising a child), but we now have almost a year of experience adapting and rising to the meet unprecedented challenges. I sure hope it gets easier. But even if it doesn’t, I want to spend more time pursuing and creating love and community, and less time on fear and uncertainty this year. Also, and this goes without saying— I am wildly excited to see our boy grow!