Young Professional of the Month – August 2018: Jackie Runge
Hometown: Lomira, Wisconsin
Education: I studied for my undergraduate at Fond du Lac’s Moraine Park Technical College, then transferred to UW-Oshkosh for my Bachelor’s with a major in Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Describe Yourself in Three Words: conscientious, dependable and passionate
Place of Employment and Position: Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Development Associate
What is the one thing you would do if you knew you could not fail?
I would become a foster parent. I recognize that children in the foster system have unique circumstances, and I want to be certain that my home and family can provide the nurturing, stability and security each child deserves.
How has YPF contributed to your personal and/or professional development?
YPF has helped me expand my involvement in the community and find ways to contribute to community goals. Through my YPF membership, I have developed valuable friendships and incredible mentorships. I was a member of YPF for over a year before actively participating – it is never too late!
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
I am most inspired by challenges! When barriers to success are seen as insurmountable, I am most motivated to challenge and overcome each obstacle. Tell me that something cannot be accomplished, and I will focus my energy on making it happen. Negativity fuels my problem-solving and strategic thinking skills!
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
As a member of YPF, I serve on the membership and marketing committees, and I have volunteered for various annual event committees, including 2018 YP Week and Casino Night. I am chairperson for the Lomira Boy Scouts of America, and oversee BSA advancement within the Troop. I believe volunteering is healthy for the soul. Volunteers gain a sense of pride and, through their volunteer hours, bring attention to the causes and issues that are important to them. If you have an opportunity to volunteer, take it. You will find the time and love every second of it.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Fond du Lac area?
Family and friends know that I love eating wonderful food … that I don’t have to cook! The Fond du Lac area has great family-owned restaurants that offer warm and friendly atmospheres. I would visit them daily if time allowed. Also, I have recently taken up Geocaching with my children. It is a great way to explore the area and all its hidden gems.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
Explore your strengths and weaknesses, and cherish them all. Build on your strengths and acknowledge opportunities for improvement. Your strengths will keep you grounded and passionate, but facing opportunities for improvement is a great way young professionals can continue to grow.
For more information on the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, visit www.ypfdl.org.