It’s been 16 years, and Lansing’s home. Each and every day I can honestly say I make a real, honest to God difference.
I came here for a job right out of grad school from out of state. Early on, I spent all my time thinking about how to move to Chicago or Indy. Back then, Lansing did not have much to offer. Things are different now- there are always festivals, events, not to mention local shops, restaurants and bars. Old Town and upcoming REO Town rock. Old Town has a special place in my heart. I was hanging out there tonight. I bought some great earrings at a local shop, and enjoyed a glass of wine and some fresh oysters down the street. I ran into a friend in the shop, and chatted with another at the bar over wine.
For everyone what connects you to a place is different. For me, it was joining Grand River Connection. We had our monthly happy hour and special events like the annual bus trip to a Tigers game. I was able to meet a lot of great people. One of the greatest things about GRC was I ended up meeting my best friend. We hung out this week, and planned her birthday ‘get away.’ GRC was what connected me to Lansing, and it’s held strong.
A little effort goes a long way in this town, and I’ve made a big impact. Volunteer-wise, I’ve done a little bit of everything, and my friends in bigger cities didn’t have the same experience. I’m a founding member of ITEC’s 2020 Girls Giving Circle to help to expose young girls to math and science. I’ve chaired several committees for the Sparrow Hospital Foundation to raise awareness for women’s health issues. And I am maybe most proud of my volunteer work with the Lansing Chamber. I was elected Chair of the Economic Club- only in a place like Lansing could a young woman in her early thirties ever hold such a prestigious position.
I came to Lansing for my first job, and I’ve grown-up professionally here. I’m amazed at the opportunities this area gives hard-working, talented people. You are quickly known, quickly remembered, and often considered for opportunities if you make the effort. These days I have what many call “a dream job” running the Dart Foundation. I serve those I truly respect while improving Greater Lansing and other communities across the country and around the world. Lansing’s been great to me!
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