Laura Guy - Woman to Watch Class of 2013

Corporate Events Director, American Heart Association

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TITLE: Corporate Events Director    
COMPANY: American Heart Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Through the tireless work of volunteers and supporters, we fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. Founded in 1924, American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting the No. 1 killer of Americans – Heart Disease.
Quick Look
Laura Guy is the Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association - Michiana Chapter, where she manages an annual fundraising campaign led by community volunteers to further the mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Laura has been in leadership in non-profit management and development for over twenty years in Illinois and Indiana communities. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Studies from University of Illinois – Springfield. She is married to Jeff Guy and has two children, Claire and Richard.

I wanted to be a Veterinarian. As a kid, I loved being outside and was always bringing home stray animals to take care of them. I became aware pretty quickly that you should leave nature alone sometimes.

What does success looks like to you?  
Health and happiness for myself and my family, and an understanding that success is never final, but always evolving.
Do you serve on any charitable organizations' boards or committees?  
Michiana Chapter - American Heart Association Board of Directors
Rewards or continuing education?
2012 Most Valuable Player - Indiana Field Operations Team - AHA 2012
Breakout Performance - Indiana Field Operations Team -AHA

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and work with a number of passionate volunteers made up of survivors, health professionals, community leaders and like-minded individuals who work tirelessly to further the mission of the American Heart Association.
Continue to identify new opportunities and partnerships in the Michiana community to further our mission and, eventually, take more of a leadership role on a regional level.

Best business advice you ever received and who gave it?
Realize life is cyclical and what is "in" today might not be "in" tomorrow. So continue to stay focused on your goals and what you believe in and your moment will come. (My Father-in-Law, Rich Guy) Who professionally inspires you? My husband, Jeff Guy. He has been my greatest advocate and provides me with guidance when needed. He also has a certain charisma about him that inspires me to think big. What is your biggest pet peeve? Clutter. What was your first job? My first job was working at Dairy Queen. I was 16 years old. I gained 20 pounds when I worked there and lost 20 pounds when I quit. It was a good thing a better opportunity came along.  Where would you go on your dream vacation if cost and time were not a factor? I would love to travel to Italy and experience Tuscany, Rome and Capri, taking time to relax while experiencing great wines and Italian cuisine. What is your favorite stress-reliever? Walking. If you were to describe yourself as a shoe, what kind would you be and why?  Riding Boots - When I wear my boots, I feel confident, stylish and ready to take charge.


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