35 Under 35: Bella Lien, Resource Development Manager, United Way of Cass-Clay

Written by: Brady Drake

Tell us about yourself. Tell us who you are and what you do.

My name is Bella Lien, and I grew up in Rogers, MN with my parents and two siblings as a middle child. I love being outside, being with family/ friends, and anything food-related. I am a proud Bison alumna, and I love the Fargo-Moorhead community. I work for United Way of Cass-Clay and am an Orangetheory Fitness instructor on the side.

Who are some people who have been influential in your journey and why? Who inspires you?

My mom and my grandmothers have been very influential in my life. They have inspired me to be myself, work hard, and spread kindness. They have led by example of how to be a great wife, mother, and sister.

What drives you?

Being around people and helping others drives me! I find fulfillment in seeing growth in people and being a part of their journey.

What do you think can be improved in our business community?

More resources for recent college graduates to be connected to the business community.

What are some important life lessons you have learned?

People care more about how you make them feel than what you say.

What are some of your favorite things to do in our community?

Going to SCHEELS, playing pickleball, and I love going to any local coffee shop or brewery.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Having a family and enjoying every minute of life wherever I am!

What are you hoping to gain from the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program?

I’m hoping to gain leadership skills, increase my self-awareness, and build lifelong connections.

What are your passions outside of work?

I am passionate about meeting new people, my church family, working out, and plants! I am also passionate about spending time with family and friends and being at the lake!

Tell us about 1-2 books, podcasts, or professional development experiences that have changed the way you view leadership.

“Leaders Eat Last” By Simon Sinek taught me that leaders have the capability to create trust in the work environment and get people to their full potential. If a leader puts the needs of employees first, it can foster a successful environment.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.