Leadership is part of what each and every YWCA does. Here in Central Virginia, we would like to take a moment to thank our Board of Directors, and specifically those women who have agreed to serve as Officers for the 2019-2020 term. For our #wcw/#womencrushwednesday we would like to introduce you to those officers!
Amanda MacLeod is in her third year on the Board of Directors, and serves as our fearless leader — The President of the Board! Amanda is a licensed real estate agent with Amanda MacLeod Homes/Dalton & Company. Mrs. MacLeod has been a wonderful asset to the Board of Directors, and we are so thankful for her leadership!
We asked each of our officers a set of questions, and here are Amanda’s answers!
What does the YWCA mean to you?
It means that we have the benefit of an organization that is focused on Women in our community- to see them safe, to see them learn and grow to be all that they were made to be.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
Living in a safe, caring and thriving community benefits us all, so whatever small part we can all play in that is important. I also believe we are all called to serve rather than be served so I look for ways to do that as often as is possible.
How you do empower women and/or promote diversity in your own life?
By relationships- and by community involvement. I meet with many women one on one with the hope to encourage them to be the best they can be in whatever area of life they find themselves. As a family, we open our home to people from many differing backgrounds. For example, we have had many people live with us- black, white, asian, hispanic- men and women. We believe that demonstrating to our children that everyone deserves love and shelter is the best way that we can influence them to empower and care for others. Words are great- but actions are better. As a Realtor and business owner I give back financially to causes that will promote diversity and I specifically look for women that I believe could benefit from the type of business I am in and encourage them to join me, which will enable them to change their financial future.
What song is your favorite empowerment jam!
Oh! hard to say- I have a few. Eye of the Tiger, Invincible by Kelly Clarkson- I have a whole playlist- music is powerful!
What book has meant the most to you in your life?
The Bible- I know it is cliche, but that is where I have learned the most about how to live my life and how to care for others who, I believe, were made in the image of God.