Candidates' Leadership Experience and Goals:
I have been on the board of multiple college organizations, which has developed my leadership skills. I served as Secretary and Chair of the Speaker Committee for our Student Dietetic Association, Co-President for Peers Promoting Organized Wellness, Secretary for the Family Consumer Sciences Club, and Treasurer of Kappa Omicron Nu (honor society). All of these positions taught me effective communication, organization, time management, and teamwork. Beyond college, my Dietetic Internship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center challenged me to be a progressive thinker, anticipate problems before they occur, and utilize knowledge to make educated decisions. I am able to confidently speak in public and collaborate with groups of all sizes. Finally, serving as Teaching Staff for a nutrition massive open online course (MOOC) for Vanderbilt enhanced my verbal and written communication skills, material development, and ability to spread knowledge to others.
As Secretary, my goal is to contribute to the growth of NAND by utilizing my leadership skills and being an energy catalyst to bring in new members and actively engaging current members. Another one of my goals is to continue to bring dietitians in Nashville and the surrounding areas together to share their expertise and experiences with each other so we can better serve our clients, patients, and community members. I would also like to enhance lives through service opportunities that involve nutrition. As secretary, I plan to disseminate valuable information and resources to members in a timely manner. I will also document meetings in detail to help members stay up-to-date and for our historical records.
The most relevant leadership experience was serving as secretary, and subsequently, as president of the young womens organization for my congregation. Through this experience I learned the value of inclusion. Inclusion required me to communicate effectively, be proactive, and genuinely believe in my role as a leader. As I developed these skills, I realized that humility is paramount to successful leadership.
I believe that for NAND to be successful, the organization must be organized, current, and inclusive. In order for NAND to reach the community, it must first reach the community's RD's. Therefore, my goal as secretary, would include timely and thorough record keeping and written communication that keeps them abreast of important issues and happenings within the community.