Where do you work?

I’m the Communications Manager on the Academic Services and Enrollment Management Marketing team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and I’m in my third year on the AMA Lincoln board.


What do you do in your free time?

I recently got a puppy, her name is Birdie! But I also enjoy reading, traveling, and biking. Additionally, I coach the Lincoln Southeast Shirettes Dance Team and that definitely keeps me busy!


How does your perfect morning start?

Waking up early before I need to get ready to meditate, journal, and enjoy my coffee. I am nothing short of obsessed with my Nespresso, so making a latte to go is my favorite! 


What professional achievement are you most proud of?

It might sound cliché, but serving on this board has been a huge achievement for me. It has been a space where I have been able to connect with peers in the marketing community in Lincoln and beyond. After graduating from UNL, I felt like a small fish in a big ocean and AMA helped me find a community of hardworking and innovative professionals. It is truly a privilege to serve on the board that provides resources and a community to others!


What personal achievement are you most proud of? 

I double majored in Marketing and Management from the College of Business — I’m a proud alum! Double majoring allowed me to become more diverse and let me hone in on my two true interests. 


You can snap your fingers and instantly learn any skill. What is it?

I have always wanted to learn ASL (American Sign Language).


What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

Definitely Mad Men or Peaky Blinders and one of my favorite movies is La La Land or IT (I know, it’s so weird but I love it).


You’re out for drinks with friends. What are you ordering?

I love a good spicy margarita or an espresso martini.


What are some of your favorite books or podcasts?

Favorite books: Colleen Hoover books, ‘Secret Life of Bees’, ‘The Glass Castle’, ‘Ask Again, Yes’. Podcasts: Pivot and Smartless (I’m not a huge podcast person, audio is hard for me to focus on) 

What advice do you have for younger professionals in the area?

Go to networking events, get your name out there and start connecting with professionals that have worked in the career you’d like to be in. I like to call Lincoln a big small town because of how connected this city is! 


What’s your favorite part of Lincoln and why?

Like I said in my previous answer, Lincoln is a big small town where getting connected with one professional will open so many opportunities in the future. Lincoln is a tight-knit community and growing up here has always felt like home. 


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