03-02-2016 · Young Professional Leaders
Underwriting Analyst, AIG
YPL: How has United Way and YPL helped you?
Nicole: I enjoy volunteering and I like that YPL organizes events where I can volunteer with the same group over and over. It makes it much easier for me to find the time, and it’s nice because I know I’ll have friends there with me.
YPL: What do you think are your greatest personal accomplishments?
Nicole: My greatest personal accomplishment… That’s tough; I think I haven’t had it yet. Ask me again in 10 years.
YPL: What do you think are your greatest professional accomplishments?
Nicole: I’ve worked for two Fortune 500 companies (AIG and Wells Fargo) – I’m pretty proud of that.
YPL: Why do you choose to give to United Way?
Nicole: I have lived in Atlanta my whole life. This city has supported me through a lot, and I want to help it be the best city it can be. I love it here. I give to United Way because it is the most powerful way to give to the community.
YPL: What’s your biggest concern within the community?
Nicole: Homelessness. I believe that ending homelessness is the first step toward a future where everyone receives education and healthcare. It’s hard to focus on anything else when you aren’t sure where you’re going to sleep.
YPL: What would you tell someone who is considering joining YPL?
Nicole: Do it! You won’t regret it. YPL is a fantastic way to get involved in the community while networking with your peers.
YPL: What is your favorite YPL event or experience and why?
Nicole: My favorite YPL experience so far has been HoliDay of Service. I volunteered at the Gateway Center and joined a team in charge of painting one of the Gateway Center rooms. Once complete, the room appeared so much nicer and brighter! We then went to Red Brick for a Happy Hour. Everyone had a great time.
YPL: What are your hobbies/interests?
Nicole: I like going to FlyBarre classes, listening to music, and going for walks in Piedmont Park. I’ve been working on the Gilmore Girls Book Challenge; it’s a list of all the books Rory read over the seasons of Gilmore Girls. I’ve read 102 of the 339 so far.
YPL: If you could speak with anyone past or living, who would it be?
Nicole: Princess Diana.
YPL: Who in the world (past or living) do you most admire and why?
Nicole: My parents. They’ve accomplished more than I could ever hope for.
Special thanks to YPL Marketing & Communications Committee member, Christi Schenzel (PWC) for conducting this inteview!