06-06-2016 · Young Professional Leaders

bethBeth Keller
Senior Development Officer,
Habitat for Humanity

YPL: How has United Way and YPL helped you?

 UW YPL has helped me grow my professional network, strengthen my leadership skills, increase my volunteerism, and develop life-long friendships with both Atlanta’s most influential executives and Atlanta’s emerging leaders.

YPL: What do you think are your greatest personal accomplishments?
 My greatest personal accomplishment is the success of my “Little Brother.” He is graduating from high school this May! We have been matched via Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years.

YPL: What do you think are your greatest professional accomplishments?
Beth: My greatest professional accomplishment is having a career in the nonprofit sector. I am blessed to do what I love EVERY day – raising funding for solutions to the world’s most complicated issues.

YPL: Why do you choose to give to United Way?
Beth: We give to UW because it has the capacity, research, talent, and partnerships to attack our community’s problems. There is no single charity that can address the myriad of challenges we face. UW has the ability to strategically bring together resources, volunteers, and organizations to make a collective impact. We know through UW, our money goes to where it is needed most.

YPL: What’s your biggest concern within the community?
Beth: Homelessness. I believe EVERYONE deserves a safe, clean, and decent shelter.

YPL: What would you tell someone who is considering joining YPL?
Beth: Do it! You will learn a lot about yourself, others and the community. It is a diverse, fun, and impactful group of people.

YPL: What is your favorite YPL event or experience and why?
Beth: My favorite experience was delivering food for Open Hand Atlanta. It is hard to forget the smiles, hugs, and overwhelming grace these clients demonstrated. It was also extremely inspiring to see more than 50 YPL volunteers, in the rain, at 8am on a Saturday, willing to help. #amazing

YPL: What are your hobbies/interests?
Beth: I’m a dog lover. My wife and I have four, yes FOUR, Rhodesian Ridgebacks. We enjoy taking them anywhere outdoors, especially to the lake.

YPL: If you could speak with anyone past or living, who would it be?
Beth: Martin Luther King, Jr.

YPL: Who in the world (past or living) do you most admire and why?
Beth: Mother Teresa. I am inspired by her level of obedience and commitment to serving others, especially the poorest of the poor.

Special thanks to YPL Marketing & Communications Committee member, Christi Schenzel (PWC) for conducting this interview!