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121

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Civic involvement could be voting, political, activism, voluteering, depending where you are located could be considered community consultion.
In the Next Five years I see My self Possibly running for an Office. I am already Currently a registar on several Boards and attending different meetings learning different things about the City as a whole. I see that Continuing.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I am hoping that I learn How to be a Stronger Leader and this class add value to me and Prepare me for the Next Phase of My Life.
I am a Team Player and Having worked for the City of Tyler in the Accounting Department for 8 Years having Prior Governmnet Experience I think that makes me just a little bit Unique. Back when I was there I helped impliment the City’s Purcurment Credit Card.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

While Campaigning for the past few months it has allowed me to go to all of the City Council Meetings but one as well as Planning and Zoning meetings and By me being a part of the Ends Comittee thats with Stanley Coffer ( Empowerment) I see all of the Growth that is coming Our way. My office is located in the Commerce Square Complex which is where Sweet Sues use to be so that is where some job opportunities will be. So I will Personally be engaging in the overall opportunity of the growth all around town.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Throught My Professional Career and My Life I have learned that sometimes everyone is not for you and what I mean by that is that some people do not like to see you excel so instead of lifting a helping hand and attack your Peraonal Intergrity. So what I have learned with growth and maturity is sometimes you have to turn the other cheek and say less, do less and be still. Every action does not deserve a Reaction.

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123

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

I define civic/community involvement very simply: Finding something to do to be an active part of your community. This can be achieved in so many ways and I think that is what makes it beautiful. For me, a sense of community is so important. I worked at the police department as a 911 Dispatcher and due to my own childhood trauma, "helping others" has always been at the core of who I am. I have been involved in a program that helps low income families around Tyler go to church, have a special Christmas, and so much more for the last fifteen years. Since working at my current job, Krier & Co., I am excited about the opportunities that I know it will present to be even more involved. For example, I am working with a dog rescue right now. I am providing marketing services to help them with a huge fundraiser in October. Getting to meet and interact with businesses all over Tyler will open up so many doors and I can't wait. I also have six children and giving back is a huge lesson we are teaching so we are constantly looking for opportunities for them to get involved even at their tender ages! I am already a City of Tyler volunteer, and I look forward to being able to do more with that, now that my job hours have allowed that opportunity.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

To be completely transparent, I am excited most about the unknown of this program. I had never heard of this until the luncheon. I was completely blown away that this existed. I am natural introvert that is able to play the role of extrovert very well, so at first, I didn't think I would be able to do this program. Then, I started thinking about everything that I have endured, gone through, survived, and overcome in my life and I reminded myself that I truly feel that my calling is to help as many people as I can. So, I hope and expect to utilize my leadership Tyler experience to first, make my family proud; secondly, to become a better supervisor in my job; third, to find ways to get even more involved in my community and use the program and the badge of legacy to be able to help do more for my community while allowing me to fulfill the love of I have of helping others and giving back.
I have a hard time saying positive things about myself due to my upbringing, but I do know that my love of being there for others is unmatched. I find pure joy in making others comfortable and happy. My story is childhood trauma, to foster momma, turned published author: showing a world that broken can be beautiful. Everything about me is unique, and I mean that as humbly as possible.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Well, when you are voted #1 place to live, the sky is literally the limit. Tyler is already making strides to become a place that people talk about. We have a rich downtown culture that is being perfected, expansions across the city to add jobs and commerce, and an environment where all feel welcome. I think it would be great to have more programs in place that bridges the gaps in our society. Initiatives that allow our residents from different pasts to connect, communicate, and realize how alike we truly are. I don't think this is just an opportunity for change in Tyler, I think this is something that is needed everywhere. However, I think that Tyler has a great set of leaders and an incredible community. We do so much already and I think we are the town that would be accepting of each other, but even more than that, I think supportive. I also would love to see more done with the foster care system. I can be personally engaged because I am a real life example of love is love and we can all find a place to live together beautifully. I have six children like I said, and five are adopted. I have adopted two Mexican American children and one child who is African American mixed. We are literally blended and blessed. Therefore, I can be a voice that is walking what I believe.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Believe it or not the first time this happened I was only sixteen. I did not grow up in any type of Christian home, but I have always had a very strong moral compass. A group of friends and I went to the mall in Longview. In this group was the boy I had a huge crush on, a really good looking, and older guy. We had been at the mall for about two hours and was truly having the best time. We mainly just walked around. Then, we went to JC Penny. The mall was nearly closing and we were wrapping things up. My friends began lingering near a earring swivel display close to the exit. One of my closest friends, at that time, whispered for me to come closer. She told me to open my purse so she could drop earrings in. Mortified, I refused and told them that was not okay. They chuckled at me a little bit until they realized I was serious. Well, I had driven them all there. They called me every name in the book and made fun of me. I said if you decide to steal, I am leaving and I am your ride. They looked at me in disbelief, rolled their eyes, and continued to proceed with their plan, encouraging me to go along. Without hesitation, I left them there and called my friends mom to pick them up. I lost friends, a crush, and hey made fun of me at school, but I maintained my integrity, so I won.

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Entry ID

126

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

I think it is very important to give back and play an instrumental part in the community you live in. Civic involvement can be implemented in ways as simple as your right to vote and committing to serving on a Jury. I think it's also important to be a backbone supporting the politicians and leaders in your town. I personally admire those that saw a need they could fill and stepped up,

Community involvement is very rewarding. When you volunteer you gain a sense of pride in your town and the people that only comes with putting service before self. I believe in passing this example down to my kids so it replicates generation after generation.

I plan on continuing serving on Boards that I am passionate about and giving back to organizations and people that God has put in my path, living out 1 Peter 4, that each of us should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. That is my projected 5 year plan and lifetime goal.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

Through Leadership Tyler I am excited to experience the wealth of knowledge it has to offer to better myself and be an instrument of unity and change. The reputation Leadership Tyler has proceeds itself. The program is known for building leaders within the community and building strong lifetime relationships that help bond a committed group together for a common purpose of serving and being the future faces of Tyler and surrounding areas. I am looking forward to new opportunities that grow me personally. I want to be part of a progressive group that wants to invest in a bigger picture.

I am a very giving and fun loving person that wants to share what I can to better others around me. With my "never met a stranger" personality and love of networking to bond people together is a quality I am happy to bring to any group. I have a passion for meeting new people and finding a connection that will help build a bridge to help them succeed.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

I think there is a huge opportunity to engage the surrounding non-profits to come together and facilitate a common goal to advocate and help one another. I would start a leadership group that caters to the needs of these groups. We are a community that is blessed to be in an area that is saturated with churches and non-profits. I would like to bridge that gap to help bring everyone into unity. We need to support one another and be one in our reach towards our community. Some of us share the same vision and demographics and as a whole could benefit by helping each other within our missions.

I could see myself as an advocate to help steer everyone together. So much good is offered in this town. We have a giving population that wants to give to the cause they feel called to give to. Sometimes people just don't know where to start, especially if they are new to this area. I want to be a leader in facilitating a change that brings everyone together.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Integrity is who you really are within your core when nobody is looking or holding you accountable. I've always lived with a strong sense of "right", but there is always a time in a person's life when compromises arise.

I used to be in sales and part of my job was to walk into businesses and sell media platforms. There were times when it was cold or raining and other times that you felt like you were going to melt in the heat. I was sometimes told a location to visit, and my manager would check up each afternoon to see where I had been that day. It was easy to say that I had been somewhere even if I hadn't that day. The guilt I felt the first time I did this made me tell on myself. Even though that was uncomfortable, it opened up a door for us to role-play so that I could walk into the company with more confidence. I learned to be honest when obstacles kept me from doing my job effectively. The end result was a trust bond between me and my manager.

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Entry ID

127

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Civic and community involvement means actively participating in efforts that improve the well-being of the community and contribute to the common good. It involves stepping beyond personal interests to support initiatives that benefit others, whether through volunteer work, local events, or community organizations. This engagement fosters a sense of connection, responsibility, and shared purpose among community members, creating a more vibrant and supportive environment for everyone.

In the next five years, I plan to deepen my involvement in community activities that align with my professional expertise and personal interests. Specifically, I aim to volunteer with organizations that focus on preserving and promoting local history, as this ties in with my work educating customers about historically accurate windows. Additionally, I hope to participate in initiatives that support housing and home improvement for underserved populations, providing my knowledge and skills to help improve living conditions. By engaging in these activities, I hope to make meaningful contributions to my community and build stronger connections with those around me.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I expect to utilize my Leadership Tyler experience to enhance my leadership skills and expand my network within the community. Through this program, I aim to gain insights and strategies for effective community engagement and business management. The connections I build with fellow leaders will foster collaborative efforts that benefit both my business and the wider community. Additionally, I plan to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to support local history preservation and community development projects.

I bring a combination of technical expertise, customer-focused service, and a passion for historical preservation. My experience with CRM systems like HubSpot allows me to streamline processes and improve efficiency. I am known for my friendly and proactive approach to problem-solving and customer interactions, consistently striving to exceed expectations. My dedication to educating others about the historical significance of our products demonstrates my commitment to community and cultural heritage. These qualities, along with my eagerness to learn and collaborate, will make me a valuable participant in the Leadership Tyler program.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Expanding the Tyler Innovation Pipeline presents a crucial opportunity for Tyler/Smith County. This initiative fosters innovation, skill development, and job creation. By investing in it, we address the need for advanced training and economic growth. The pipeline nurtures talent, encourages entrepreneurship, and drives technological advancement. Accessible classes equip young adults for the workforce, while job opportunities for experienced professionals promote mentorship and knowledge exchange. Personally, I would engage as both a learner and contributor. I'd participate in classes to expand my skill set and contribute my expertise to mentorship programs. This investment empowers individuals, stimulates economic development, and cultivates a culture of innovation in Tyler/Smith County.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

While I can't recall a specific instance, I prioritize maintaining personal integrity in all situations. Ethical dilemmas are inherent, but I rely on principles like honesty and transparency. Open communication and collaboration help address conflicts, ensuring decisions align with ethical standards. I actively seek professional development to deepen my understanding of ethical decision-making. Although I lack a specific example, I remain committed to handling ethical challenges with integrity and professionalism.

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Entry ID

130

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

I define civic/community involvement as actively engaging projects or organizations that positively affect an area because of a passion for one’s community. This involvement can include volunteering, advocacy, community service, and/or participation in local governance. It encourages efforts to improve the well-being of the community, address social issues, promote inclusivity, and foster a sense of belonging among its members.

Within the next five years I hope to continue working with my alma mater’s education foundation, community resources and military family support organizations. I also hope to be involved in organizations/efforts I have not been introduced to yet through outlets such as Leadership Tyler.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

Leadership Tyler would provide me with the platform to connect with diverse leaders from various backgrounds, participate in community service projects and initiatives that address pressing issues facing Tyler/Smith County, and to take advantage of the training and development opportunities focused on leadership skills, civic engagement, and community involvement.

In terms of unique qualities, I would bring to a Leadership Tyler class, I believe my strengths include adaptability, empathy, strategic thinking, and commitment to growth and learning. Since I am on the younger side of my co-workers, I suspect I will be one of the younger applicants for Leadership Tyler. So, I believe I could bring a fresh perspective with new ideas regarding leadership strategies, ways to excite community engagement, and different perspectives on civic advancement.

I am also open to new ideas and strategies and am looking forward to learning from my classmates.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

In our community, educational standards are set by the success of our public schools. When public schools thrive, it pushes our private schools to meet greater expectations as well. Whether you attend a public or private school in our community, you should be receiving a well-rounded and above average education.

It is because of this that it is very important to ensure that our public schools continue to achieve excellent educational outcomes. After each state legislative session our public schools face new challenges. These challenges include unfunded mandates, restricted spending, and additional burdensome requirements.

To help overcome these challenges, I would raise awareness among the community and with our elected state officials to ensure those holding office understand the value our community places on public education.

Also, through community support and partnerships, I will continue to work to fill the gaps that these new challenges leave behind.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

An example of a time when I felt pressure to compromise an element of my personal integrity would be a group project assignment in college.

My group was assigned to create a fictional product and market it to a consumer base. One of my classmates on the team wanted to falsify benefits of the product in order for it to seem more intriguing to consumers. I did not feel comfortable lying about the statistics of our product but also did not want to create awkwardness in the group through a disagreement.

I decided I would diplomatically express my feelings about keeping our integrity throughout the assignment and instead of embellishing false positives of our product, we should pick out the qualities that were actually beneficial and highlight those instead. I made the point that it would not be right to lie for the sake of winning a competition, when other teams were working just as hard as we were,

The group agreed and we were able to successfully complete our project without compromising our integrity or personal ethics.

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Entry ID

132

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Golly, I love East Texas! I see community as essential for one's overall quality of life. Being proud of where you come from was instilled in me at an early age; my ancestors founded Nacogdoches, TX. I went away to college and knew I wanted to end up raising my family in East Texas. A job opportunity presented itself in Tyler, TX, and I leapt at the chance. Moving here, I knew not a soul, but I found Tyler Young Professionals and felt I had a base of other new grads and young professionals who wanted to better themselves. Through that group is how I truly got involved, started volunteering for various nonprofits, and attending chamber functions, etc.

I have always looked up to my Grandma, who was very involved with every organization under the sun. After graduating from Tyler Young Professionals, I plan to take on an active role in the Chamber of Commerce, specifically the contact club. I would also love to get involved with Therapet; I have worked with them on various client projects, and I love their mission. The Heart of Tyler and Women's League also interest me.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I am naturally very outgoing and social, but I feel that leadership is a quality I have learned through various positions and opportunities in life, with the biggest one being opening my own business. I was scared as a 23-year-old that my hires, who were older than me, wouldn't respect me. However, I quickly learned to recognize my strengths and surrounded myself with a team that excels where I struggle. Perhaps the strongest leadership quality of them all is knowing when to step back and listen.

I plan on soaking up everything from Leadership Tyler like a sponge and carrying it with me in my professional and personal life. This includes expanding my business reach, continuing to grow my network, and bringing my unique skill set and heart to bettering Tyler through the organizations I listed above. The sky is the limit, and I am just getting started!

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

I would say continuing to attract and recruit young talent, young families to invest in the longevity of Tyler. It's such a special place, and we emphasize this a lot in TYPN. We want Tyler to be more than just a stepping stone; we want to help connect people with those here to support their dreams and desires to build roots here. I think this is essential for long-term growth. Though there is a reason we aren't Dallas, and I pray Tyler never becomes Dallas, building relationships, both business and personal, is the best way to make those connections. Falling in love with the people and the heart, and continuing to support the growth of Tyler through various organizations, extending my leadership skills and personal talents to help do so, is how I plan to be a part of the much bigger picture.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

There was a time when I felt immense pressure to compromise my integrity to land a big deal. The deal would have eased our financial stress and ensured I could pay my employees without worry. However, the client's demands asked me to essentially stab one of my other loyal clients in the back. As the boss, it was tempting to set aside my integrity for financial stability. The pressure to grow the business and team was heavy.

In the end, I turned down the client's offer, staying true to my values. Though we lost out on a lot of money, I wanted to build my business on good character and good faith. This choice ultimately helped us attract even MORE clients who share our values. It taught me that sticking to my morals and being loyal to those who you I have build community with pays 10x.