After graduating from Illinois State in 2014, I moved to Chicago after accepting my position at ASSH. I’m currently living the dream, and I know that I would not be where I am today without my ISU background and support system through all the people important to me. Working at ASSH opened my eyes to the world of nonprofits, which allowed me to pursue my publishing goals while also following my passion for helping people. Upon leaving ASSH and joining the HRMAC team, I entered a challenging, unique environment of nearly 80 events per year. I have been able to get my feet wet in areas like facilitating webinars and working closely with our print publication, HR Leader, and being the lead on all marketing efforts has been extremely valuable and fun. However, what I love most about HRMAC is the member base; I love being able to help others pursue their dreams and continue their education while I pursue my own. It’s a unique ability that only associations can really provide.
My experience at ASSH led me to the MNM program at DePaul, and I know that I will continue to learn in the classroom as well as in the office. Pursuing my master’s degree has provided me with more insight into the nonprofit opportunities available, and ultimately, I would love to work in a nonprofit focused on animal welfare, animal conservation or environmental conservation and sustainability.