Welcome to Women United’s Member Spotlight series. This week, join us in learning more about Lynn Morrissey and her connection to Women United. If you would like to learn more about Women United and the work they do, click here.
What year did you join Women United?
What is your professional background?
Recently retired from AbbVie (Information Technology).
What originally inspired you to be a part of Women United?
Over the years, I’ve volunteered on United Way Allocation Panels to help review programs and recommend funding and have learned a lot about the many urgent needs in Lake County. I truly believe that Women United’s efforts to improve childhood literacy will help set vulnerable kids on the path to reach their full potential and help to reverse the cycle of poverty in Lake County.
What does early childhood education mean to you?
Little kids are innately so smart. They soak up information like sponges. They are primed to take advantage of learning opportunities and develop the skills they need to succeed. Early education programs give them the confidence to know that they are smart and will do well. Kids without these opportunities often have challenges keeping up with the rest of the class and tragically may see themselves as less able than their peers which can set them up for a lifetime of underachievement. This doesn’t need to happen. Early education is an effective intervention.
What has surprised you most about being involved in Women United?
As a new retiree, I’m so used to being “heads down” to address work and home responsibilities. It’s been awesome to have the time to lift my head up and see that there are so many wonderful women in Lake County making a difference in children’s lives. It’s been a great experience meeting and working with this group.
What does Women United mean to you?
It’s a fun and meaningful way to give back.
What would you say to a woman who is interested in becoming a member of Women United?
Don’t hesitate. There are many rewarding and fun opportunities for social and philanthropic activities. You can adjust your commitment based on interest and available time.
Women United has periodic informational meetings, called Wine & Learns. The next Wine & Learn is on December 5, 2018 from 6-7:30 PM in Libertyville at a member’s home. Interested? Contact Diana Nielander at firstname.lastname@example.org.