Featuring our GCATD volunteer, Margie Swartz. Margie has been a chapter volunteer since 2014 in the professional development committee. Margie suggests giving volunteering it a try because you’re needed. Even if you can only commit to an hour or two per month, it’s a good experience and you’ll meet people with similar interests..
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in a small town, the youngest of three kids. My parents owned a 200-acre farm in Kentucky and our family spent every weekend there farming. We had some animals and raised tobacco. I spent several summers on the farm through my college years. I graduated from Morehead State University where I played varsity soccer and softball and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. I began working in the insurance industry after college and traveled extensively as a member of Allstate’s National Catastrophe team. Through different roles I have always gravitated toward training and programs to improve processes. I think those experiences led me to pursue and obtain a master’s degree in Organizational Development at Bowling Green State University.
Q: What is it you enjoy most about being in a continuous improvement role?
I enjoy using different change methods to help groups analyze their work and collaborate on solutions. There’s a lot of variety and experimentation based on the group or the situation. There are so many tools and exercises that can help people collaborate; I feel like there’s always more to learn.
Q. Where is your ultimate vacation destination?
I guess going somewhere warm when it’s cold at home feels pretty “ultimate” regardless of where you go. My family went to Costa Rica for Christmas in 2017 and it was a great break from the cloudy winter here in Ohio.
Q: Tell me about your involvement with GCATD.
I’ve been a member for about six years and a volunteer for about five. I’m on the professional development committee and we organize the webinars and learning events. It has been a great opportunity to meet people from other organizations.
Q: What advice would you give to others interested in volunteering?
I would say give it a try because you’re needed. Even if you can only commit to an hour or two per month, it’s a good experience and you’ll meet people with similar interests.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
I have a daughter in middle school and I’ve coached some of her sports teams. I enjoy watching each player get better over the course of a season. I also like to visit art shows like Winter Fair, flea markets and street fairs. They’re great for finding unusual artisan made gifts.