Young Professional of the Month – July 2018: Katie Gindt
Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Education: PACE (Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence), Leadership Development and Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science degrees from Moraine Park Technical College
Describe Yourself in Three Words: positive, organized, caring
Place of Employment and Position: Sophia Foundation, Operations Administrator
What do you enjoy the most about your current position?
My favorite part of working at Sophia Foundation is the personal connections I am able to make with people who truly care about the happiness and well-being of the community. In every part of my job, I can see the impact we have on others and it motivates me to continue striving to be my best self.
How has YPF contributed to your personal and/or professional development?
YPF has provided so many different events where I’ve connected with people throughout our community; whether the focus is to learn, network, or form friendships, I am developing myself. I am a lifelong learner and enjoy the variety in programming offered and that this community of amazing resources is available to me!
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
I am inspired by the real people I meet every day. Each person has something uniquely amazing to offer and it is inspiring to see that come to life through their actions. I know it sounds simple, but I’m also inspired whenever I see a genuine smile; watch what happens when you share a one with others. Happiness really is contagious.
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
In addition to being a member of YPF, I am a board member for Just Fare Market where I chair the Education and Fair Trade Town committee. I am a member of Professional Women’s Connection (previously Women in Management), United for Diversity, and The Humanity Project: Telling the Untold Story.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
Take every opportunity to listen and learn from those around you, and then reflect on your experiences. I believe most problems can be solved with improved communication and authentic effort, and that starts with knowing and understanding who you are. Reach out to others and ask questions and you will find others who share interests and care about you.
For more information on the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, visit www.ypfdl.org.