Get to Know: Lisa Shipley

LisaShipley.jpgName: Lisa Shipley

What she does: Public Alies Iowa, Program Manager

Age: 30

How she spends her free time: Right now I fill it with getting situated with my new apartment. Typically I fill it with walks, spending time with friends, reading a good book, watching movies, volunteering, and being an active Alum through AmeriCorps and Public Allies.

What she loves about her job: Right now I have a dream job (I could only be saying this because I’m still in the ‘honeymoon phase’ since getting hired on haha). My current job over laps many of my passions — leadership training, mentoring/coaching, commitment to service and AmeriCorps, and continuous learning. My supervisor is supportive, encouraging, provides direction with flexibility, and offers a helping hand when she can.

Hardest lesson learned on the job: Knowing when it’s time to move on — from a job, a project, a volunteer position, etc. This was a hard lesson to learn but I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn it now versus later in life. Through this experience of ‘letting go,’ I have learned that by doing such I provide room for others to grow and learn, as well as for me to do the same.

What inspires her: Teaching others any type of material. Not only does it push me to learn more about the subject matter, but it also challenges me to relate the material to them so they would have concrete examples to work with. It’s important to keep educating ourselves and others because I feel the good majority of inaction comes from not being informed. By being more informed about a variety of different topics, we’ll become a less passive society with only occasional interest in life altering topics — trafficking children in the US, the effects on children and their education from inactive parenting, and equal opportunities for all preferences of lifestyles.

How she got to Des Moines: I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, and for the past six years I have lived in Indiana — attending Ball State University in Muncie, IN, completing a RM-of-service in AmeriCorps, and working with a local nonprofit. September 14, 2013 I moved to Des Moines, IA for a Program Manager position with AmeriCorps: Public Allies Iowa.

What she wishes she knew when she started her career: That I should have paid a lot more attention to the ‘theory classes’ I had while in Undergrad. By doing that information could be applied a lot more easily now.

What she wanted to be as a little girl: Growing up I had interests in teaching and service (nonprofit or government).

Dream job?: My dream job is service based, with 60% being administrative and 40% being direct service. Additionally, the supervisor would not only be supportive and encouraging, but would also be a great coach/mentor. This would provide me with an example to learn from, as well as challenging me exceed my comfort zone(s), so I can reach that next level in my career.

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