WLC Spotlight: Dede Rowe

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Dede Rowe is a WellConnect Engagement Specialist at Mission Health. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? To never settle. There is support from family, friends and community to help us pursue a career that we are passionate about and is a great fit. It is hard and takes longer; however, had I not believed in myself, I would have settled on a different job that was not as fulfilling.

Dede Rowe United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is your favorite quote or motto? "Let none come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa

Why do you volunteer and donate to United Way? United Way has a large reach in our community with one of the largest pools of committed members. With over 62,000 people benefitting from last year’s campaign, I know that when I give or volunteer with United Way, my time and money is well spent.

When did you join WLC and why? As a loaned executive at United Way, I met many WLC members. What can I say? The group's heartfelt desire to make our community a better place was hard to turn away!

Dede Rowe United Way Asheville Buncombe CountyWhat is the best advice you have ever gotten? We all have talents that are useful to others and can bring us great joy. Some of our greatest strengths are often our greatest weakness. Awareness and experience will help us discern how to best use our strengths.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals? I admire wisdom that comes from experience that is used to better our community. There are many dedicated community members that are successful business people here in Asheville. Their ability to be so busy yet share their time and wisdom to the community is so exciting to me. I love to be around those people because I want to be like them when I grow up.

Which qualities do you dislike? I dislike that quality that makes women question if we are “enough.” Pretty enough, successful enough, loveable enough… If I could heal one quality in women it would be that so we could believe in ourselves with strength to move on to more important things.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers? Network in your career of choice. The more people you know the more you will learn from them and be able to make something happen for the community and yourself. Always ask for help and advice because those older did and they are wanting to do the same in return.

What are your top three networking tips?

  1. Start with the people that you know.  They each know someone that will be able to give you advice or introduce you to someone.  
  2. The more you meet people and ask for advice, the better you will become at figuring out how you might be able to help them in return.
  3. Be specific when meeting with someone about your goals.  The more you can tell someone what you are looking for or trying to do, the better they can assist you.

Who are your real-life heroes?

  • I still can’t believe how much I learn from my children. They are better people than I was at their age. They inspire me to be  the best person I can be.
  • My Dad because he is a master networker who helps so many people every day. He believes in people, and he believes in me. I am a better person when I am with him. Besides, we laugh big belly laughs when we are together!
  • Taylor Foss at Mission because she is a can do, no nonsense, wise woman who supports those around her. Her attitude and business sense are awesome, and if I could just get around her more, then maybe she’ll rub off on me!
  • To learn from Mother Teresa would be incredible. I’d like to unselfishly give back more to everyone around me.

Each month, we shine a spotlight on a member of Women's Leadership Council. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Elizabeth.Allen@UnitedWayABC.org or call (828) 239-1048.

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