Joy of Giving

I begin this journey to start Winsightz with an absolute belief that all of my life experiences will make a significant impact for causes I believe in. As you know, my entire career since 1982 has been affiliated with United Way in one form or another. So, I have a strong affinity to United Way’s original mission of bringing diverse interests together within a community working towards a better future for all. My legacy of giving began when I was a third grader at Hickory Elementary in Virginia our classroom collected money for the then United Fund. I remember proudly wearing my UF button (“Give Once for ALL!”) for weeks afterwards. That little button symbolized contribution and generosity–two qualities deeply imprinted upon me as a youngster, creating two lifelong values which still drive me today. I could have never imagined that this single act of giving at age 8 would spark a career which began as a “management trainee” with United Way of America at age 21.  The intern program was a national in scope, recruiting 10 recent college graduates each year to consider a career in public service via United Way.  In my application process, I wrote of United Way’s unique position in both the helping world (agencies/volunteers) and the corporate world as the single best hope of solving community challenges As a lifetime southerner, moving to the big city of Pittsburgh as my first training location was a huge culture change. However, I quickly learned that people there also loved the feeling of contribution and belonging that United Way offered via workplace and community campaigns.  The second stop...