Age as of Jan. 1: 24
Title: Assistant Director of Healthy Living & Community Development
Company: Healthy Savannah
Q: What are your top three business accomplishments?
A: Increase visibility of Healthy Savannah through engaging the community at outreach events and presenting at national conference.
A: increasing the engagement of young people in Healthy Savannah through a volunteer exclusive newsletter circulation and recruitment of friends.
A: Advocate for making healthy choices easy.
Q: What are your top awards/accolades?
A: 2016’s “GenerationNEXT: Savannah’s Top Rising Stars of Business.”
A: Centers for Disease Control Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS)
Q: What are your current Philanthropic roles?
A: Step-Up-Savannah Neighborhood Leadership Academy
A: Coastal Georgia Public Health Ambassador
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: Networking is the key to a great business. I will continue to focus on treating new people as potential business partners and keeping in contact with current partners.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: Walkable communities and environmental/social justice for all. I believe society is calling out for social justice in the form of transformation of where people live, work and play, and it’s been getting some attention around the world. I look forward to seeing policy and environmental changes that make this happen.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Savannah’s charisma and appealing environments bring people (tourist and new residents) here. I think increasing the walkability of the entire city of Savannah and not just the tourism sites can spread traffic to different area in and around Savannah, thus increasing the spread or wealth throughout the local economy.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: There are so many non-profits and community organizations in Savannah, if all of them could come together and synergize their energy and resources, our community will continue to move toward health and wealth and become a major economic momentum with amplified progression for Savannah.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: Public health and community service workers are always in demand, but I think people who care about other people’s well-being is the most important skill and is more important than any degree someone could attain.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Stay open-minded and welcome new ideas. Work and involve youth as much as possible in business dealings and continue to work with and build connections with the less likely of persons.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: Be the first to try something, set the trends, lead by example and others will follow.