Elizabeth Mary Egan

Company: YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Position: Digital Marketing Manager
Age: 28

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Atlanta, Georgia

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

Nearly 5 years

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I am the daughter of Tim and Kathy Egan, have an older brother, Patrick, and was raised in an Atlanta suburb, Lilburn Georgia, where I graduated from Brookwood High school. I obtained a degree in Digital Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia. During college I was able to intern for CNN and was hired after graduation to assist with analysis of a new mobile app. I later accepted a job in Tallahassee, Florida to work as a Web Producer and Assignment Editor for one of their local stations. Seeking a larger market, I moved to Charlotte after being hired as a Web Producer and Social Media assistant at one of the local stations. After about three years, I made the decision to leave the news business and am currently employed by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte where I am a Digital Marketing Manager. This is where my longing to serve others began to thrive. I have been able to network, volunteer and make lasting connections. Working for the YMCA has allowed me to learn and grow in my love for creating video and serving others.

Another passion for me has always been comedy/humor and one of my goals is to make at least one person laugh every day.

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?

I believe that being a Eucharistic Minister for my church, to serve those who are homebound, has been my most impactful experience as a volunteer. Every other Sunday I have the opportunity to visit an elderly lady, who is grateful for someone to bring the Eucharist to her home. During my brief meetings with her I have learned lifelong lessons. She is compassionate and kind. She has shared many stories about herself and her family that are so inspiring to me and have helped me to see a bigger picture and what really matters in life. I am so fortunate to know her and to be able to bring such a sacred ritual to her. It has helped grow and guide my faith as well.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.

I believe I contribute to the community through my job and through the communities I belong to outside of work. I am a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I have worked with my “little sister” for two years and watching her grow has been an enriching opportunity for me. I am fortunate that I am able to provide helpful guidance and thankful to have such a strong bond with her. This program is a great gateway for anyone to get involved with their community and make a positive impact on young people’s lives.

I have kidney disease, and consequently have become very involved with the National Kidney Foundation. I have participated in several of their fundraisers, which have really helped to raise awareness of the disease. It is comforting to know there is such a supporting community and it makes me proud to be able to give back to others and to work with such a strong group.
Working for the YMCA has helped accelerate my desire to volunteer. As a participant in Y Readers I am able to help prevent summer learning loss and prepare kids for the upcoming school year. Being part of the YMCA CEO Young Professional committee has allowed me and my fellow young professionals to voice our opinions and make a difference in our community as a whole.

I recently assumed the role as President of the Charlotte local alumni chapter for the University of Georgia. This is helping to develop my leadership skills. I served on the Communications committee previously and was responsible for messaging on all social media platforms, as well as making graphics and videos.

I am very active in my church in several capacities and have been able to grow spiritually and professionally. I previously described my experience as a Eucharistic Minister. Due to my background, I was asked to be on the communications board of the church as well as assist in leading the women’s bible study. I also attend a monthly Faith in Communication Committee where those in communications roles at various churches in Charlotte come together to share ideas, new and old. My church offers many educational classes to help us grow spiritually and I have enjoyed many of those as well. Being more aware of my spiritual and professional strengths and how they work together has been very beneficial!

I am also involved in a volunteer marketing role for the Dean’s List, a digital branding company based in Charlotte. We are currently in the process of completing the final touches for a conference at the convention center at the end of September called EmpowerCon. This conference is Charlotte’s premier all-encompassing inclusion conference for inspiring and uplifting all of humanity. Charlotte’s biggest trailblazers are promoting positive change and growth. There will be dynamic speakers on diverse topics from sustainability to race relations to entrepreneurship & more. Additionally, it will feature local vendors, businesses, brands, and nonprofits who are doing good work in Charlotte.

As a member of Pop-up mentor network I have been able to hear and learn from extraordinary women all over Charlotte, many that I already admired. This type of exchange has allowed my own network to grow exponentially and helped bridge a gap where I feel comfortable reaching out to these women and connecting to others. Having these women as cheerleaders has helped me to succeed in my career goals and personal ventures.

PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

My Charlotte news station received a regional Emmy for the 2016 Charlotte riots reporting and my web team was nominated for a national Emmy for this same story. I have recently received my team leader certification at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my dog. I love traveling, especially to the beach. I love serving my community, learning from others and perfecting my stand-up comedy skills. I am constantly on the go, however, I enjoy practicing yoga and mindfulness and have attended classes to learn more about this.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

Let Go Let God

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

I see myself working for a company where I can tell stories through video and hopefully on a stage doing comedy that incorporates mindfulness.

10 YEARS?

I see myself still doing comedy, but hopefully making a difference in the lives of others through comedy. …what I like to call Healing Humor!

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Attend the Ellen Show/meet her/be her successor

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

College, when studying abroad in Cannes, France.

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

I have a Snapchat filter alter ego named Deb!

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Ellen DeGeneres—because she is funny and kind

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

What’s Your Decision by SJ Sparough

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

The Lion King

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Hootie & the Blowfish

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