Lindsay Michel is the 2016-2017 Strategic Planner. Now serving her second year in the position, Lindsay is overseeing the JLDOC transition to its new membership model. She joined the League in 2014 in order to learn more about Durham, connect with the community, and make a positive impact through volunteering. After serving on Touch-a-Truck, Lindsay moved into leadership by sharing her enthusiasm for the AJLI-led strategic initiatives for League transformation. Leading the membership model evolution was how she found a way to contribute to the League’s transformation efforts.
Through her service on the Board, Lindsay has met even more of our smart and dedicated League members and gained a greater understanding of and appreciation for what it takes to make the JLDOC successful. She says, “I look forward to contributing again on the committee level with the insights and perspectives I’ve gained at the Board level; helping ensure that all we do aligns with and supports our overarching League objectives and vision.”
What is her advice for future League leaders? “Question everything! If something doesn’t feel right or make sense, raise your hand and ask ‘Why?’ If the answer doesn’t address your concern, share your perspective with a Board member or other League leader. We will only become a more effective, more successful organization if our members are engaged in the strategic aspects of our League. We count on everyone to think about new was for us to engage members and our community in our mission.”
Lindsay contributes her success in balancing competing demands to learning how to set limits. She says, “When I respect them, set a schedule that allows for time to work, to do yoga and to give back through the League, I feel more balanced, more organized and more successful!”
One of the things that helps her feel successful is volunteering at the Carolina Campus Garden, which is Lindsay’s favorite Extra Hands event. When she was an editor for The Daily Tarheel, her team reported on the low-wage workers who were instrumental to life at the University and often were overlooked. Many of the house- and groundkeepers who help keep the university clean and safe cannot afford access to nutritious food. The Campus Garden helps address that need through its annual contributions of thousands of pounds of produce to these amazing people.
Here are a few things you might not know about Lindsay:
- Occupation: Associate Director, Corporate Communications, Quintiles
- Family: Ursula, my one-year-old hound-pit mix
- Community involvement outside the League: 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Hot Asana, Girls on the Run
- Favorite restaurant in Durham or Orange Counties: That’s tough, but I’ll have go with Dashi
- Best book you’ve read recently: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Best movie you’ve seen recently: Can I do a TV show instead? Because I am obsessed with “Stranger Things”
- Favorite Sports team(s): Denver Broncos, UNC Tar Heels
- What do you like to do for fun? Practice yoga, cook (and eat), play with my pup, bike around and explore Durham, travel/hike/camp/backpack