During your 14-year career at the Indiana Chamber, you’ve worked in different departments, performing various roles. Describe some of the jobs leading up to your current position.
I started working at the Chamber as an administrative assistant for two lobbyists shortly after graduating from college. Through the years, I’ve been involved in event planning and worked with the Indiana Chamber Foundation. For the past seven years, I’ve been part of the communications team.
It’s amazing how my life has changed since I began working here. Growing up, I was always writing stories and reading. This is the perfect career for me. I crave opportunities to learn, and I find them every day. On the home front, I’ve gotten married to the love of my life and have two precious daughters.
How has your experience in various roles at the Chamber affected your view of the organization?
It’s helped me to gain a deep understanding of everything we do here and to appreciate everyone’s position.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to balance my various responsibilities, which are extremely diverse. Much of my job revolves around writing and copy editing (passions of mine). I conduct interviews and write stories for BizVoice® magazine, as well as proof articles. In addition, I write BizReport stories and blogs. I also handle a lot of the logistics for BizVoice advertising, which includes developing lead lists, coordinating artwork collection and invoicing.
It can be challenging to juggle my projects, but I thrive on that. I like to challenge myself and it provides more opportunities for me to bring my talents to my job.
What are some of your best memories at the Chamber so far?
A few that I cherish most relate to stories I’ve written for BizVoice. When someone reads a story I wrote about them and goes out of his or her way to tell me how much they appreciate my work, that’s what it’s all about. My writing approach is that whatever the topic – an entrepreneur launching a business, a new technology capable of saving lives as examples – it’s about people.
One of my favorite experiences involves a story I wrote for the current issue about the farming legacy of the McKinney twins. Ted McKinney is the director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture. Tom is a seventh-generation Indiana farmer. Touring the family farm in Tipton and driving a tractor (that was a first!) was a blast.
What’s a secret talent of yours?
Singing. My dad was the lead singer and guitarist in a band when he was in the Air Force. As a child, I loved to hear him play guitar and sing – and still do. Several years ago when he was playing every week at a place for open mic night, I would get on stage and sing the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues with him. Another song I love to sing with him is Knockin’ on Heavens Door.
Favorite band: The Doors
Favorite author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite TV show: Penny Dreadful
Favorite vacation spot: Treasure Island, Florida
Favorite possession: My mom’s high school class ring. I wear it every day.