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Leadership Spotlight: Kathryn Kay

What is your title and institution name?
Director of Orientation & Leadership Development, University of Utah

When and why did you join NODA?
I joined in 2007 when I started working professionally in orientation, transition and retention.

What leadership positions have you held/currently hold in NODA?
Past – State Representative, Regional Coordinator for Region VIII, Marketing Committee member and interim Chair, Region VIII Conference committee, Graduate Symposium Mentor, Got Skills/Student Leadership Institute facilitator, NODAC and regional conference presenter

Current - Leadership Development Committee Chair, Region III Conference Host

Why was getting involved in NODA important to you?
NODA is such a wonderful association to be a part of, and I wanted to serve an organization that has done so much for me professionally. It is also important to me to stay connected to colleagues in our field that may be at different experience levels from me.

Why should a member consider a leadership position in NODA?
I believe that it is the responsibility of members to keep NODA growing so that we can remain on the cutting edge of research, dialogue, and best practices. It is impossible for NODA to remain true to our legacy of excellence if we do not have the active engagement and leadership of our membership.

What have you gained from your leadership positions in NODA?
Friends, knowledge, a place to practice skills I don’t use every day in my job, and a place to further hone the skills that I do utilize daily, and most importantly…a professional home.

What is your favorite NODA related memory?
There are too many! I think it would have to be the first time I presented at NODAC. I was so nervous about whether my information would be relevant, if I had enough experience to share, and if anyone would even attend my session. In the end, I had a packed room, great dialogue with and among the participants, and positive feedback through the assessments. It was a wonderful reminder that all of us have knowledge to contribute, if we only take the time to submit a proposal. It was also great to feel like I was giving back to a community from which I had received so much.

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