Board Member Spotlight-- Sharon Meyers
What do you do in your free time?
I read, bake, exercise, volunteer, and listen to live music.
Who is your inspiration in life?
Many people have inspired me in my life, too many to list. However recently I have been reading a lot about Mother Teresa. It amazes me how complicated we make our life. Her life was devoted to three things: love and serve the Lord, care for the poor, and love everyone especially the unloved. She did everything she set out to do, she achieved more fame than most world leaders, and won the respect of millions all because she chose love her highest priority. It’s more than being inspired. It is what Jesus called us to do, but we complicate our life by making it about everything else. I am starting to see that it really is that simple.
What three items would you want if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
What would I want? This question always makes me laugh. I would want a large sailboat with GPS, someone who knows how to sail, and water for the both of us.
What is your favorite book?
I love so many books but I have to say my favorite is How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne. I read it in college for a marketing class and I reread it often. It explains how to have confidence in any situation, how to make others feel comfortable and how to be comfortable in your own skin. The applications are endless and I always get new ideas from it.
What is your favorite movie?
When I am feeling out of sorts, I watch a movie called Pure Luck with Martin Short and Danny Glover. I laugh so hard I cry and I have watched it enough to know what is coming! I like happy, light movies or inspiring movies most of all.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Both, but I generally prefer cats who act like dogs. I like animals that are just a little “off.” They make me laugh.
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and who would you go with?
I think I would go back to England, Scotland and Wales with my husband, son, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. I lived in England for four years and my daughter was born there. I would also like to go to China.
What do you consider to be a successful day at work?
A successful day for me is one where I bring in money, where I can be creative and I know I am doing good in the world.
Have you ever had a life-changing experience?
Many!! I cannot think of one thing in particular. All of my life-changing experiences have made me the person I am today, and I am sure there are many more to come.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have raised two children who turned out to be thoughtful, responsible, funny, loving and kind. That is my greatest achievement. Every professional achievement is just icing on the cake.
With all the professions out there why did you choose yours?
I fell into my job when I worked at the University of Southern Mississippi for Dr. Denise VonHerrmann as her graduate assistant. I told her I was looking for a job and she said, "People really like you Sharon, so let’s put you to work raising money for the University!" It sort of stuck from there.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love being a matchmaker. I love finding out what drives people to give and matching that with the needs of the organization. I feel that when I can match the desires of the donor with the needs of the organization everybody wins. Plus when you do that, the donor will often give again and again which makes my job easier.
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