A Leadership Opportunity
Loaned Executive Spotlight: Elizabeth Clark
College: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Major: Communications Management
Class of: 2016
Q: What was your first thought when you were asked to come to United Way as a Loaned Executive (LE)?
A: Career Services asked if I would be interested in participating as a Sponsored Loaned Executive with United Way and I immediately said, “Yes!” I had no idea a program like this even existed; however, I had a feeling that it would be a great professional experience.
Q: What was orientation and training like?
A: I was SO overwhelmed! I walked into the first day of training and everyone else was older and professionally established- I was just a student and was worried that everyone would think I would not be able to succeed because of my age. That was never the case and everyone supported and encouraged each other from day one. It was such a relief to realize everyone else was just as overwhelmed as I was during those early days!
Q: What new skills and experiences did you gain?
A: In addition to learning account management and nonprofit fundraising, I was able to really improve in public speaking, time management, organization, and sales. I am particularly proud of improving my ability to “think on my feet” in front of a crowd of people, when asked an unexpected question. Previously, I wasn’t able to do that without sounding flustered or surprised. Now I am much more confident in my ability to handle the unexpected when I am in front of an audience.
Q: What would you say to other students thinking about becoming a Loaned Executive?
A: At first, I was worried about balancing my duties as a student and a loaned Executive. My professors were very supportive and I was still able to make a 4.0 while serving. It was awesome being to make new connections within the Birmingham community. I am proud and excited to have this experience on my resume and apply what I learned towards my future career.
Q: Describe your experience. What is it like working with United Way?
A: Serving as a Loaned Executive has had a large impact on my life and I am so thankful that UAB offered me the opportunity to serve with United Way. I learned how beneficial United Way is to a community and how many lives they touch through their services. I was able to see what a generous, caring community Birmingham is, and I am proud to be part of it.