10-04-2018 · Young Professional Leaders

YPL Member, Jennifer Sweeny
Operations Manager
Atlanta Gas Light

YPL: Why did you decide to get involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s YPL group?
Jennifer: Giving back in my community has been an integral part of my life since childhood as generosity of spirit was consistently modeled by my parents. One of my guiding principles is to be generous with my time, knowledge, skills, ideas and interactions with others. As such, I seek out ways in which I can positively influence those in my community. The YPL group provide opportunities where my personal impact is tangible and I am able to connect with others who are like-minded in their commitment to supporting our communities.

YPL: What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?
Jennifer: I am most passionate about supporting the efforts that strengthen the framework needed for improving the wellbeing of the families and children in our communities – whether that is homelessness, supporting basic needs or investing in the education of those in our communities.

YPL: What is your favorite quote?
Jennifer: Two of my favorite quotes include:

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill