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Board Spotlight: Philanthropic Vice President

In case you haven't heard, our board applications are open for our 2019-2020 year! Over the next few days, I'm going to spotlight some of our executive board positions with a series of interviews. If you're interested in learning more about a board position or are ready to apply, please follow the instructions here.




Jeridith Lord

Philanthropic Vice President (1st VP)


How have you encouraged the development of your team?

My primary focus this year was empowering committee leaders to effectively guide their own teams. We were fortunate to have an abundance of talent and passion on the 2018-2019 board, so it was imperative to promote that and give each of these leaders an opportunity to shine. With this mentality, we have had a very successful year at the Thrift Shop and are looking forward to a fantastic Bazaar and Scholarship season.


What is your leadership philosophy?

Ronald Reagan once said "the greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. (S)he is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." I see no value in being a solitary leader; your success is only measurable by the success of those around you. Empower leaders among your team and you will see a continuous development of opportunity.


Are you a risk taker?

Yes. I believe there is no shame in taking a risk and failing. I think that there is greater despair in mediocrity and stagnation.


What aspect of MSA drew you to join?

To be honest, I joined because there was a social with free tacos. However, I stayed with the MSA because I saw immense potential, a devotion to the community, and an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally.


Looking back, what's one thing you would advise the new board to do?

Set boundaries and goals. Stick to your boundaries because you know yourself better than anyone. Challenge your goals... because you know yourself better than anyone.

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