Why Giving Opportunity Matters
Growing up, I was the youngest of five siblings raised by a single mother in a modest home in South Florida. I remember in my teens working at a fast food restaurant and thinking about working my way up to restaurant manager – but not thinking about college. Instead, here I am in my 26th year at NBCUniversal, with a distant view of the Statue of Liberty – my personal model of strength and grace – visible from my Manhattan office window.
I invite you to learn more about my story by watching the video above – and to also meet two of my colleagues who share how United Way has made a positive difference in their lives. Andy Le, a technical operations supervisor at Comcast, left Vietnam as a young boy and arrived in Portland, Oregon. There, his family received support from United Way that enabled them to get a second chance at life – including boxes of food with the United Way logo on them. Beth Baker, who works in the Boston area as an indirect sales regional manager, aged out of the foster care system at 17 years old. She had no family or friends to turn to – but United Way was there.
As an assignment editor, producer and now a news executive, it has been my experience that delivering the news takes a dynamic and committed team. To me, so does giving back, and I’m glad to be making an impact through Comcast and United Way.
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared here.]