“If you keep pushing hard and stay focused, the hard work will eventually pay off.”
In their own words
I helped launch Google Fiber in Kansas City and have been on the team since May 2012. I am now working for Google on the core business operations team for Fiber, overseeing our sales training and programming for field sales, inside sales, door to door sales and retail across all of our Fiber markets. I’ve been able to see Kansas City transform to no longer be a “fly-over state” and become more of a tech hub. I have met some incredible people in Kansas City because of this, which has allowed me to not only have new connections but learn about additional ways to be involved in Kansas City outside of Google Fiber.
I am very involved in giving back/volunteering/fundraising in Kansas City. In the year 2014, I fostered 16 dogs throughout the year for Love for Paws—it was a crazy year and, luckily, most of my friends adopted them! Now that I travel more for work, it has made it difficult to foster, but you can always find me saving random stray dogs if I see them running around Kansas City!
I was on the Board of Directors for the Bacchus Foundation for two years, have been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for 3 years and was selected to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Most Wanted Auction. Separately, I try to volunteer with the Down Syndrome Guild at their annual Prom event along with many other organizations in Kansas City both personally and through Google Serve, a program that encourages Googlers to leave their desks for a day to participate in service projects in their communities, ranging from cleaning up local gardens for non-profits to helping prepare resumes for veterans.
I came to Kansas City to go to college at Rockhurst University on a basketball scholarship. After being in Kansas City for 4 years, I decided I didn’t want to leave.
I LOVE living in the Waldo area because everyone is so laid back and there is so much to do. I can basically smell McGonigles BBQ from my driveway, which can sometimes be dangerous.
As many other Kansas Citians, I love the KC pride that our city has. Whenever I travel, I ALWAYS wear a Kansas City shirt and I LOVE running into other people wearing their shirts with pride too. You can guarantee I will start chanting the Chiefs theme song.
A day in the life
The one consistency (outside of recently breaking my finger in flag football practice) would be to start my day working out at a 6:30 a.m. at City Gym in Waldo.
Once the work day is over, I am either going to a board meeting, young professionals happy hour, kickball/basketball leagues or just going home and cuddling with my dog, Tripp. Tripp has over 15,300 followers on Instagram. You can find him at @Trippthebordercollie—it’s a fun hobby of mine.
I have always been the type of person who wants to always help—whether it’s financially or by volunteering my personal time. I love the feeling I get after doing something that makes an impact, big or small which is why I try to be super involved in my community.
Last year, I was one of 16 Googlers across the globe chosen to be a part of the Global Leadership Program in South Africa. I specifically worked with the Tshimologong Precinct with Wits University, who aims to grow skills, create jobs, encourage the establishment of new businesses and promote the regeneration of Johannesburg’s inner-city area. My team helped develop a high-level strategy and business plan roadmap for the Tshimologong for the next three to five years.
One of my long-term personal goals is to eventually own and operate a business at some point in my life. I haven’t quite figured out what that business will be, but I’d like to sell an item that in return would benefit someone or something in need. Stay tuned!
I can play the violin by ear! While I was taking lessons, I noticed that I had the talent of figuring out the music without actually needing to read the notes, just by listening to the song by ear. I recently decided to remove the dust from my violin stored under my bed and taught myself how to play the Mia + Sebastian Theme song by ear. It’s not perfect, but you can find it here.
Always be willing to take risks. Before working at Google, I had a steady full-time job at Reece & Nichols with benefits, but decided to take a leap of faith and go to a six month contracted position with no benefits. Little did I know that two years later, I’d be working for the company I had dreamed of working for.