A group of health, public health and community minded experts serve to provide a practical, uplifting experience to help women grow emotionally, spiritually and physically. Meet Mandi.
Q. What are 1-2 lessons you've learned in how to live?
A. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsh
Change is the only thing that’s constant.
Q. How has an illness, chronic disease, weight loss/gain, health of you or that of a family member or friend changed you? Do you look at your life differently?
A. When I was in high school my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and my world fell apart, but I learned life doesn’t stop. You have to put your big-girl panties on and keep on keeping on. Lucky for me, I still have my dad to put me in my place when I forget that.
I thank God for that life lesson and now count my blessings, twice.
Q. Where do you work? How did you get into your line of work?
A. Although I didn’t take one human resource (HR) class when pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, I have found myself in the HR field. Thanks to marketing experience attained through an internship, I used those skill sets to land my first job as a HR assistant at a call center. After learning the basics of HR, I wanted to delve deeper. Today I am a human resource specialist at Great River Energy, specializing in leave of absence administration, wellness initiatives and workforce planning.
As part of my day-to-day responsibilities, I work with employees and their families to help them achieve a higher level of health—whether that is through hiring an applicant into a job which offers benefits, motivating current employees through fun, educational wellness events or assisting an employee who is on the road to recovery. Bottom line, I get to help people and that’s why I love my job!
Q. What lessons has your work-life taught you?
A. I love quotes. When I first started my careers, I included in my email signature the quote by Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Recently, I experienced loss in the workplace and changed my signature quote to reflect what I’d learned; "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
One other very important lesson I’ve learned is that at the end of the day, as long as I still have my family, I have everything.
Q. How did you get involved in the Women’s Health Conference? If you could leave one message with the attendees, what would it be?
A. I attended my first WHC in May 2013 and saw the positive impact this event has one women from all walks of life. This conference has so much potential to change lives and I wanted to be a part of that. On the conference satisfaction survey, I provided my contact information and asked how I could get involved.
Q. How do you want to be remembered?
A. I want to be remembered as someone with compassion, someone who cared a lot.