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21 Women Making An Impact: Susie Carlson, Training Manager, NDSCS/TrainND

Susie Carlson
  • United Way Volunteer and Investor
  • United Way Campaign Cabinet Volunteer
  • United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator
  • United Way Emerging Leader

What is one lesson you have learned? How did you learn it?

My ‘a-ha! Moment’ was choosing United Way of Cass- Clay to be what I wanted to
get involved in. With life being busy working and raising my young kids, I knew I wanted to volunteer, but also wanted it to be something I’m passionate about. I knew United Way was an incredible organization and appreciated its mission in serving not only the F-M area but also the surrounding communities. I live in rural Cass county and serve on the Northern Cass School Board, so their mission in and outside the FM area made it a perfect fit! I’ve seen it impact our learners and families firsthand from the School Supply Drive to counseling services provided onsite at our school. I’m proud to be a part of United Way.

You have been a United Way volunteer for many years – how has your volunteer experience impacted your career?

Being a United Way volunteer has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve been fortunate to work with a dedicated and inspiring group of people from United Way staff to its many volunteers. Working towards common goals that supports and lifts those who are in need in our community, is powerful. It takes all of us to make a difference and going in the same direction to achieve United Way’s Bold Goals. The impact this has had on my career is not only the amazing people I have met but the leadership opportunities it has brought me. Volunteering has provided me with relationships that have also helped move my career forward. I tell my kids to never underestimate meeting new people and cultivating relationships as your paths may continue to cross.

Written by Brady Drake

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