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Member Spotlight: A Q&A with Olivia Bormann

At the end of 2019, YNPN Portland conducted a survey to learn more about our community – that’s YOU!

And you responded! You shared your wants, hopes, and desires, and we took them to heart as our board came together in December to plan what’s ahead for YNPN Portland.

We will share a summary of the survey results in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

In the meantime, we would like to highlight a YNPN member and the lucky recipient of the 2019 Member Survey gift card giveaway: Olivia Bormann! Olivia is the Associate Director of Development at the University of Portland. Formerly, she worked at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. We followed up with Olivia to learn about her outlook for 2020.

What were some of your biggest accomplishments in 2019?

  1. I found an incredible therapist -- talk about life changing!

  2. I learned how to set boundaries with work (what I will agree to, work/life balance, not being attached to my email)

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I'm looking forward to expanding my Portland network! I moved here in September 2019 from the Bay Area and it's taken me some time to get settled. Now that I'm feeling grounded I can't wait to meet more young professionals, especially those with side hustles as I'm working on mine!

What is one thing you wished someone had told you when you first started working in education?

It was going to be equal parts difficult and rewarding to have my first Development job be at my alma mater.

Thank you to Olivia for offering to share her time and expertise with us! And thank you to everyone who took the time to share their feedback via the member survey. We look forward to incorporating your awesome ideas into our work and continuing to create equitable and inclusive spaces for learning and connection. Happy 2020!


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