Women’s History Month: Debbie Kaplan
"I get to tell others about something that I am passionate about and hopefully that can make them passionate about helping others too."
Debbie Kaplan is Director of Outreach at Ronald McDonald House-Cville
What kind of work do you do?
Fundraising and Volunteer Coordination
What goals and values motivate your work?
I genuinely care about people, and I have the best job in the world for me. I get to tell others about something that I am passionate about and hopefully that can make them passionate about helping others too. Knowing that the more I can accomplish makes a tough road a little easier for a family with a sick child is all the motivation I could ever need!
Tell us about a woman whose work you admire. How does she inspire you?
I really admire Carolyn Cullen. She left an industry that was not progressing and joined a team that truly values all that she brings to the table and she is right there with a helpful hand for other women trying to move up their own career ladders. She is inspirational and a downright nice person- plus she is funny to boot!
What’s your advice for young women starting their careers?
Really take your time to interview your prospective employers. I feel like early on I was so focused on 'getting the job' that I wasn't always as knowledgeable as I should have been about where I was planning on taking my talents!
Based on your experiences, what can workplaces do to better support women’s success?
It takes effort- lead by example- support people- really give accolades to co-workers that support others- make that the shining example.