I was introduced to LAPW about 5 years ago, but it took me about a year before I actually attended a meeting. I was encouraged to join after that very first meeting - there was a special energy in the room that felt comfortable to me.
I've had the privilege to sit on the leadership team in a few positions, but I am honored to serve as the 2015-16 President. I've seen a growth in the organization since joining, and I hope to continue that trend by keeping old traditions, and adding new ideas as well.
The last year has been a time of considerable change and growth for me. Having spent the last number of years working in marketing and communications, I have switched career paths. And although I work with the same organization as I have for many years this has put my world upside down...in a very good way.
I always thought I was a person who likes change, but with all the newness in my life, I see that change is hard, and it really is much easier to just stay the same. It's easier to be comfortable and maintain stability. Stability is great – it’s when everything is settled, normal, easy, routine…. but it’s also when there’s no growth, no development, no exciting gains that might result from unexpected pains. As the world continues to march on around us, if I’m maintaining stability, I am not growing, and I’m falling behind.
Henry Ford summed it up nicely when he said “Anyone who stops learning is old –whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” What I am going to be tomorrow is determined by what I learn and become today. So my hope for the next year is to "Grow the Distance". I hope to take that journey with you by taking risks, trying new things and not being afraid to fail. In all that we do, whether it's personally, professionally or philanthropically…..let's grow the distance. ~Nicole