Highlands Circle Spotlight: Malina Blanton

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Malina Blanton works at Wells Fargo. She's also a member 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.

Malina Blanton AshevilleWhat is the last movie you watched? Well, I am not good at watching movies...it’s hard for me to sit still that long! However, the last movie I watched was American Sniper. Such a great movie!

What is the last song you listened to? Hillsong Young and Free's "Sinking Deep."

What is your biggest accomplishment? Defeating lung cancer!!!! I am a new survivor ready to tell my story and be a blessing to others!!!

If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be? Life can be short, live with no regrets and no fear! Love one another and build meaningful lifelong relationships. Life should be all about supporting one another in all we do, lend a hand to help each other without being asked. Never lose who you are! You never know when you are touching or changing someone’s life just by being in it.

Why do you LIVE UNITED? I want to be a positive influence in the community. I was born in Asheville and have resided here 34 years. Working downtown, I get a glimpse of all stages of life…young to old, rich to homeless. I want to be a part of change in the community I live and work in. I want to set a positive example for my stepson and Godchildren by showing that volunteering can make a difference in others' lives. Being able to contribute my time and be a positive influence while moving towards a movement of change in the lives of children and adults in our community is why I LIVE UNITED.

Why did you get involved with Highlands Circle? I have been a monetary contributor to United Way for quite some time, but that was it. Last year, my former District Manager and Area President presented Highlands Circle to us and what it was all about. I knew as soon as I listened to the presentation and attended a Highlands Circle function that this was meant for me! I loved the thought of partnering with a group of like-minded business professionals, building meaningful relationships and working together for a common cause. Now I tell everyone about what we do to make a change and what they can do as well!

What is your favorite quote or motto? “It is what it is.” I believe everything happens for a reason and God is in control — no need to panic!

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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