Connection Junction, What’s Your Function?

Girls on the Run 5K, November 2012
photo courtesy of Justin Torner / Iowa City Press Citizen

I’ve moved around a lot over the last few years, and while there are many challenges to transplanting a busy family, one of the best parts has been getting involved in the local communities. Getting to know the people, being active in local organizations, and feeling like you’ve made an impact along the way has made such a difference in developing connections with each town.  Iowa City is no different.

As I near the end of my first semester at Tippie and the end of 2012, I can’t help but reflect on the opportunities I’ve had to support my latest favorite city and region. Volunteering at the University of Iowa Hospital to help make patient stays a little more bearable, developing a strategic plan for Girls on the Run Eastern Iowa with my Net Impact team, product research and recommendations as part of my Board Fellowship with the Riverside Theatre, and last but certainly not least, leading a team AdWords campaign to forward the mission of ClimateCycle.org.

Each of these experiences has presented unique challenges and provided their own rewards from a project perspective. Having the opportunity to apply my business expertise and use newly learned skills to help support our local community organizations and the people I met along the way has been the prize.

Maggie Pearthree

About Maggie Pearthree

Maggie is a first year MBA Candidate in the Marketing Academy at Tippie School of Management. She worked as a Digital Strategy Consultant since 2004, and began her career in non-profits. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and is originally from Minneapolis, MN.