This week’s member profile showcases one of FGIDC’s board members, Heather Shaw Menis. Learn more about Heather and her career below!
1. How did you land your position?
My husband and I both grew up moving all the time – we met at University of Maryland and shared a mutual love of the diversity (in activities, in people and in landscape) that the DC area offers. We decided to make this our permanent home and are excited to give our son a chance to feel rooted in a way that we did not.
I’m most proud of the decision to go out on my own, pondering this prospect terrified me for years, but the autonomy is priceless.
Too many to count! (Hi, I’m Heather and I lie in bed every night silently mumbling a catalog of self-directed insults) I recently took a class. The subject matter was very technical and I’m a tactile learner. So rather than working on my final project, I was staying up late every night testing my knowledge. My project presentation was abysmal, especially for someone whose job it is to know how important presentation is! BUT, I passed and I really learned the material – I had to keep reminding myself that was the goal. I believe we all get better when we operate outside of our comfort zones – and most of those pesky haunting thoughts are a result of pushing ourselves.