Lucy Rountree was born in Cullowhee and spent a lot of time in Asheville while growing up. She went to college at Auburn University, but after spending her summers out west, she missed the mountains and decided to transfer to the University of North Carolina Asheville. Lucy graduated in 2009 and started her career as a food rep with Sysco Foods in Atlanta. In 2013, Lucy returned to Asheville and began work at Galaxy Digital.
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 is your favorite quote or motto? “Well-behaved women seldom make history." - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
How did you get involved with United Way? "I didn’t know much about United Way until I started working for Galaxy Digital. The company works with more than 300 United Ways around the country. Through work, I've attended several United Way conferences and spent time with people who share their passion for United Way—leading to a deep understanding and appreciation of the pivotal role United Way plays in making positive changes in a community.”
When did you join WLC and why? "I heard about Women’s Leadership Council during the 2013 campaign and became a member in January, 2014. I hadn’t heard much about middle school programs, but thought it was an interesting initiative. After learning the importance of middle school and the impact that can be made during these formative years, I felt it was an initiative I wanted to get behind. I enjoy the opportunity to work with women from a cross section of professions to make a difference in the community and was excited to join Women’s Leadership Council's Executive Committee."
What is the best advice you have ever gotten? "My father told me, 'Trust your gut and never compromise your integrity.'"
What qualities do you most admire in business professionals? “Integrity, positivity, charisma, fortitude, compassion, grace and vision.”
Which qualities do you dislike? "Duplicity, self-righteousness, aloofness (inability to seek guidance and listen), negativity and short-sightedness."
What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers? "Be open, work hard, respect the opinion of others (even if you don’t agree), take note of the qualities of the people you admire—find inspiration, and listen to yourself, and never compromise your own integrity.”
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? "I would really like to have dinner with Pope Francis. I love his smile and think he’s truly a lover of humanity. He is reminiscent of Gandhi—fighting for love, peace, solidarity, and the acknowledgment of poverty. We haven’t had a universal figure like that in a long time. He’s probably pretty funny too."
What are your top three networking tips?
"1) Be yourself
2) Stay relaxed and remember to smile
3) Take time to exchange contact information and follow up with those you meet"
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