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Brittany Williams: Learning, Leading and Living Fully

July 21, 2020
Categories: Fitness | Our Community

Focus on Brittany Williams, fitness assistant at the VMRC Wellness Center

What is your role at the Wellness Center? As a fitness assistant, I teach classes and assist members with exercise equipment to meet their exercise goals. This allows me to use my degree in Recreation Sport and Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University. Brittany recently graduated from the Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Leadership program.

How did you get involved with the Chamber’s Leadership Harrisonburg/Rockingham County program? I asked a coworker who was a graduate of the program about opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Tell us what you discovered about our community. One of my favorite opportunities was learning about local nonprofit organizations and how to get involved with the amazing things they’re doing. I got to see a different side of Harrisonburg. We explored the local art scene digitally and talked about the impact of the pandemic on the creative arts.  On a statewide level, we visited the General Assembly in Richmond and met with state leadership and lobbyists

What were some of your personal learnings? It was a little intimidating being one of the younger participants, and I learned how to lead as a young professional and develop personal connections.

Learning about the ALICE population resonated with me as a young, single person and recent college graduate.

How did the opportunity impact your job at VMRC? When I started two years ago, my perspective was as a student, and now it’s as a young professional learning about community volunteerism and working with people from all backgrounds.

How did the leadership program give you confidence? As a class project, we provided televisions and streaming subscriptions for the clients of First Step. The experience showed me the value of networking because my classmates’ contacts made it happen in a matter of days. It was really neat to see it happen. I aspire to have those networks and connections.

Post note: Brittany accepted an opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Leadership at James Madison University. She is leaving July 31 to begin a graduate assistantship in JMU’s UREC Department. We wish her well in her next chapter!

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