Emily Beatrice Kupsky Baker
Company: Sealed Air Corporation
Position: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I am a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My undergraduate degrees are in Public Relations and Political Science. I have the pleasure of working for an innovative packaging company, Sealed Air Corporation, and help the company to connect to the communities where our employees live and work. I am an avid volunteer for the YMCA Y-Achievers program which gives high school students opportunities and support as they prepare for college. I am also an active member of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, having served on both the Young Professionals and Central Chapter boards for the organization.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My most memorable moment volunteering was earlier this year during the Dream To Achieve Bowling League, mine and my husband’s bowling league for diversely needed individuals. We had a new bowler attend who was unsure about bowling and being around people in general. We had a hiccup on the bowling lanes and were not able to start on time. Seeing that this bowler was on the verge of a meltdown, I was able to calm him down by helping him to recite a saying by Disney Cast Members – “Faith, Trust, and Pixi Dust”. Within a few minutes the bowling lanes were working again, and this individual was able to enjoy his day bowling. He has since become one of the most engaged bowlers and always seeks opportunities to make the new bowlers feel welcomed, much like he was when he first started.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.
My role at Sealed Air Corporation is to help the company identify how best it can support the community. By leveraging both finances, company products and employees’ skills, I help the company to leave our communities better than we found them. But this is not a one-way transaction. I also advise community organizations on how best to use the resources of corporations. By helping to translate the needs of community organizations into terms that align with corporate priorities, these community organizations can continue to gain funding and better the greater community.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation STANDOUT Charlotte
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
My favorite hobby is cooking and baking. I love to make food for people to say thank you or brighten their mood. In the summer I enjoy making my coworkers lemon pudding bunt cake with vanilla-lemon icing. It is sugary and sweet but not as heavy as a chocolate cake.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
The golden rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
In five years’, time I plan to have finished my MBA degree and using it to help businesses develop efficient practices. Following these five years, I anticipate being in a Vice President or President role for a corporation helping them succeed.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Going to Prague, Czech Republic
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
In August for mine and my husband’s one-year anniversary trip to London.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
Founding president of UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Council.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My hero is my late grandfather, Charles Harvey Kupsky. My grandfather was a gracious man who was always reminding me and my family to think of others first. Like him, I work for a manufacturing company. Unfortunately, he passed away prior to being a year into my job, but he instilled in me the importance of recongnizing those who work every day in the manufacturing plant and thinking of their voice when making decisions at the corporate level that directly impact them.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
“How Women Rise” by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
All Hallmark Christmas Movies
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
Walk The Moon