- Web Project Manager
A few moments with Emily and everything seems lighter, warmer and inspiring. She embodies many qualities of the Giver (ENFJ) including compassion and curiosity. Plus, she lives in a world of possibilities. She always sees the bright side of the situation, makes a plan and sees it to fruition. She has the eye of a creative and the analytical brain to carry out small details with joy and ease. For instance, one of her favorite jobs was icing 2000+ cookies during her night shift in a local bakery.
Emily’s family was very close growing up. Full of hard work and kindness, her parents (Joe and Beth) are involved in varying parts of Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio. Emily admires her dad’s humor and humility. “He puts everyone before himself. I hope that I can be like that one day.” Emily’s mother is a strong business woman. “Her idea of faith and community is something she’s given both me and my sister. The way she is able to be a leader not only at work but in the community is inspiring”
Emily’s Grandma Kay showed her how to love people with an undeserving and intense love. “My grandma would send care packages to all my friends in college who didn’t have grandparents, without my knowledge! She was everyone’s Grandma Kay”. While Emily was in college her grandmother passed away unexpectedly, but Emily carries on her random acts of kindness by sharing little bits of love to let others know someone is thinking about them, whether she’s bringing a coworker’s favorite treat in the middle of a hard project or complimenting a waitress. “I want to be a friend to everyone even if it’s not deserving because everyone needs grace...I don’t need to be unique, but I want everyone else to see they are special in the way they are.”
Meghan is Emily’s older sister and they are best friends. They share the joys of the outdoors, adventure and the value of a good vest. Building other’s confidence through instructing rock climbing and skiing, they both have a way of working with others and finding community wherever they go. Now living on opposite sides of the United States they still talk everyday. Emily moved back home to Ohio from New York City to be near family to help raise her son, Oliver. He is laid back and goes everywhere with her. “He is inquisitive. I find myself finding joy and beauty in new things because I’m stopping to look at the things that he is looking at. His joy and curiosity of the world is reviving my joy of the world.”
Q&A with Emily
What's the best part of your story so far?
Oliver Lechner! He is funny and curious! I am always in awe of when he learns something new. From saying a new word to mastering a new puzzle I’m just as excited if not more than he is with every changing day! It is a real blessing to be his mother.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. My mother and father both work for Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio and we have all been involved for over 17 years!
A 21 https://www.a21.org/ a nonprofit organization fueled by radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored.
What aspect of ipso’s culture resonates with you the most?
From the very first meeting, everyone just felt like a family. I don’t think you can fake that. The energy is electric and you just want to come back again and again.
What does flourishing mean to you?
“Having no limits and embracing life.”
What aspect of your Myers-Briggs personality type resonates with you the most?
ENFJ. I am a feeler and I do most things off of feelings. I’m a gut thinker. Pretty intuitive.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
I feel most like myself when I am crafting or cooking.
What aspect of work feels the least like work?
I’m such a people person and planner that project management doesn’t feel like work. I love talking and collaborating with people.
What is your best, or most memorable, work experience?
I have worked with so many amazing people. I love that I have been able to keep lasting relationships from all of the companies I’ve worked at no matter what the distance.
If you could have one mediocre super power (it can not help save the world but it is unnatural)?
My hands would charge my phone.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
I would like to be a cookie decorator or cake decorator. In college, I worked at a bakery at night. Greatest job I’ve had. I would decorate 2000 cookies per night.