HC Spotlight: Audrey Johnson

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Audrey Johnson is an Employee Engagement Consultant at Mission Health. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know her a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.

What is the last movie you watched? I’m not sure. I’ve been too involved in Shark Week and X-Files reruns.

What is the last song you listened to? "Dirty Work" by Steely Dan. I’m a Dan fan, and I’m studying up on backup vocals

What is your biggest accomplishment? Coming out of my shell. I was extremely shy as a child and it took me many years to gain confidence and trust myself. I haven’t totally perfected this, but I’ve been very lucky to have mentors in my life who have shown me the way through their abundant support and example.

If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be? Celebrate your uniqueness. You matter.

Why do you LIVE UNITED? Like many others, I tend to feel overwhelmed when I think of the issues our community faces. They can seem big and complex, and I’m just one person. I grew up poor, and although we always had food on the table, I can relate in some ways to feeling sidelined and excluded within a community. I also know how it feels to benefit from the generosity of others, to feel lifted up by that support. When I give to United Way I’m contributing to an agency which helps affect real change for not just one organization, but for so many efforts and individuals who have a need. I really believe that our collective actions have the power to make a difference, and I want to be part of that.

Why did you get involved with Highlands Circle? I wanted to connect with others who believe in social change. I have felt so welcomed by this group and have met such great people!

What is your favorite quote or motto? One of them is this: "When a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something bit and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible." - Anne Lamott

Each month, we shine a spotlight on a member of Highlands Circle, a group for leaders in their 20s and 30s. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact Kristina.Dionne@UnitedWayABC.org or call (828) 239-1049.

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