November 2011 Member Spotlight
HYPE Member Since:
Industry/Job Title: YOUTH Forum Program Manager
The Connecticut Forum
What does she do:
I manage and facilitate the Connecticut Forum’s award-winning YOUTH Forum program, which encourages the free and active exchange of ideas among high school aged youth throughout the Greater Hartford area. This is a huge honor and privilege for me, because I was a member of the Connecticut YOUTH Forum as a student at RHAM High School, became a Forum subscriber and Advisory Board member when I moved back to Hartford in 2007, and then joined The Connecticut Forum staff in August of 2011.
In the most beautiful and non-linear way, every diverse life experience I’ve had so far has prepared me for this role: on a daily basis I use my degree in Psychology, my experience in corporate marketing and training, along with other nuggets I’ve picked up from being a nomad, tree-hugger, foodie, film junky, NPR listener, closet-writer, avid traveler, and overall curious person. Yes, working with teens and meeting celebrities is very cool, but it’s bigger than that - I am truly thrilled to be in downtown Hartford, working with an organization that changed my high school experience and continues to challenge, entertain, and inspire the community (and me).
Play big games. Listen more than I talk. Use my passport. Lead with a smile. This year: read more, improve my Japanese, learn to play guitar and to drive stick shift.
Hidden (or not so hidden) talent or hobby: Music is a big part of my life. I sing with local band The Elastic Hoax. Visit: www.theelastichoax.com
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org