Spotlight on…Andrea DiGiacomo

Date: July 1, 2015

What do you love about United Way and Emerging Leaders United?
First, I love all of the great people I have been able to meet and connect with through this group. Secondly, I love that ELU has such a variety of events and opportunities, there is something for everyone, from networking to volunteering, to professional development!

How did you find out about Emerging Leaders United and why did you decide to join?
I found out about ELU through MaryBeth, who invited me to my first volunteer event was at Real Food Farms. I decided to join because I had been looking to get involved more in the community and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!

What has been your favorite ELU event so far?
It is hard to pick just one. I would say my favorite two so far were the Sports Day at St. Vincent’s Villa event where we got to interact with and play sports with the kids. It was great to see so many volunteers come out for this as ELU is expanding into the Baltimore County area. My second favorite is always Wine in the Winter, which is a great chance to meet lots of current ELU members, as well as people who are brand new to ELU.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Kennedy Krieger Institute as the Coordinator of Third Party Events. I work with individuals and groups from around the country and in the local Baltimore community who want to host events or fundraisers to benefit the Institute.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To live by the Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
I would be able to fly! I want to travel more often.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
French fries!

How do you LIVE UNITED?
I Live United by always trying to keep an open mind and remember that everyone has their own story and their own experiences that they bring to the table, which I can always learn from. I try to keep this in mind in all of my interactions and relationships, as we are all constantly growing and learning. Many times, we learn the best from each other – we just have to be open to it.

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