Company: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Title: Chief Communications/Marketing Officer
Town where I live: Hartford's West End
Town where I work: Hartford
College: Bucknell University (Bachelor's), Shenandoah University (Master's)
What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? I oversee communications and marketing at America's oldest continuously-operating public art museum. I also am temporarily heading up the development department. My main goal right now is making the Wadsworth Atheneum a vital community resource and a place where our neighbors want to gather.
What are your goals for your community involvement? I recently moved into the city and am always game to support the arts, and patronize places like Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, Real Art Ways and EBK Gallery. My goal is to spend more time helping grassroots efforts improve life in Hartford.
What's your biggest passion? My life's passion has been making other people happy including helping colleagues at work, offering a kind word to a stranger, making people laugh or comforting a friend in distress.
What are your future aspirations? I hope to continue working to enrich others' life experiences through the arts and culture. I also would really like to have a family, if that's in the cards. But my pie-in-the-sky goal is to someday own a little inn by the shore. There will be scones and a hammock!
What role can young leaders play in shaping Hartford's future? Hartford is a city burgeoning with potential. I think those who hold leadership roles here can start by taking ownership of the place we live and work, and using our connections for the greater good. Living in the west end and working downtown I care about quality of life and accessibility to city resources.
What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? My sense of adventure!
What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Singing
Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? A museum administrator. No joke.
Who do you consider your mentor? My former boss, Laura Baptiste, Public Affairs Officer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum