Finalist: Leila Viera
Award: Volunteer Leader of the Year
Day Job: Digital Marketing Manager, MJ Insurance
Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/viera/
As a dedicated volunteer for the past six years, Leila has taken on several leadership roles for the United Negro College Fund of Indianapolis (UNCF). She has served as the Marketing Chair for the Annual Bowling for Scholar’s Bowl-a-ton Committee ensuring that that the advertising and promotion of the event in Indianapolis is a success and has dedicated time to learning the online fundraising system to help the UNCF team work through issues and changes. Her love of education and volunteering fueled the success of the Indianapolis UNCF Virtual Walk for Education on September 19, 2020, which raised over $70,000—just one of many events Leila was involved in for UNCF. Leila also dedicates her time with Teacher’s Treasures and serves as a Program Mentor for the AXIS Latino Leadership Program.
Read further to learn more about what it means to be a volunteer to Leila!
Q: How did you react when you found out you were nominated for an ELEVATE Award?
A: I was excited when I found out I was selected as a finalist. United Way of Central Indiana is a fantastic organization, and I am proud to be a part of such a great group of volunteers, activists, and finalists.
Q: What is your vision for Central Indiana?
A: My vision for Central Indiana is that food, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities and resources would be accessible to black, brown, and immigrant communities.
Q: Finish this sentence “Being a great volunteer means to me….”
A: Being a great volunteer means consistently choosing courage over comfort. It involves being fearless in the pursuit of helping others, taking initiative, and forging your own path to improve the experience for the next generation.
Q: What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic and how has it affected your job, volunteering, etc.?
A: The pandemic has taught me to give myself grace and be more patient with myself. It has taught me to be more nimble in approaching tasks and projects with flexibility. Some of my volunteer positions switched to virtual, while others remained active in person to get resources to Indianapolis educators and essential workers.
Time for some favorites:
Q: Favorite spot in Indy?
A: The Newfields Greenhouse
Q: Mountains or Beach?
Q: Favorite vacation song?
A: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Q: Where will you travel to once it is safe to do so?
Q: Favorite podcast or book?
A: Oprah’s “SuperSoul Conversations” podcast
Join Leila at ELEVATE and don’t forget to RSVP, today!