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
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.