Amy Huerta, Chief Financial Officer of a Non Profit, at home with her two children, cat, and dog.
"During this pandemic, and in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, it is more important than ever to be present as an organizational and community leader. Most people think of roles like mine, more "office roles" as being able to stay home, but the reality is, I have to work more and show up more to keep money flowing so our teams can work and our community can be served with little to no impact. Watching the markets drop and the ways we operate for billable services become suddenly at risk is beyond taxing.
Additionally, where I work we operate critical services that are even more essential during this time. If we, as an organization, are asking our employees to work and put themselves at risk to provide critical services, that means office staff are needed to support them. In this together means, in this together, not in this together from afar.
In some ways I feel more alone and sad, and yet, more aware. New rules and social norms bring out the best and the worst in people and I have seen so many new lines drawn. I have stopped looking at most social media because it is not helpful. There is so much shame, blame and belittling. I also have noticed distinguishing lines of status through this that made me step back and examine how I show up even more. If there was ever a time I wanted to hug and help people, it is now.
These thoughts inspired me to start a scholarship fund for graduating seniors at my high school. I have started a Women in Math fund for graduating seniors pursuing studies in math. I loved reading the applications and making the first award. I am already working on increasing the award for next year."