Mission services manager, Goodwill Career Centers

60 Seconds With Stephanie Glenn

by Clay Neely

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What has been some of the best advice you've received?

The best advice I've received is to just be myself. I think that anyone striving to succeed professionally finds themselves going into situations thinking, what should I do, or what I am expected to do? Instead, we should be going into situations thinking, how can I be the best me at this moment and time? You can't change who you are at your core, and any success gained by attempting to reach a standard that really doesn't exist by being someone you aren't, won't last long.

Who has had a significant impact on your life and why?

Both my father and my husband have had such an impact on my life. My father is the reason I want to do so much in the community. I remember him talking about how talented the youth in Newnan are, but how it is rare that the youth bring their talents back to Newnan after graduating college. I am at home here in Newnan, and I want to accomplish something great here. I hope that our youth will see that the possibilities in Newnan are great, and there is so much to be done that can positively impact our community.

Every person needs someone to challenge them. My husband motivates me and challenges me daily. There are so many things I simply accept because that's just the way things are. Terrance "TJ" will often times bring on discussions that make me think differently about so many things I've just accepted both personally and professionally. I look back on the last 6 years, and know that his support and motivation has helped me to make some of the tough decisions that have come about professionally and personally.

What's the best part about your job?

Our community is growing in a major way, and knowing that I can be a part of workforce development that will create a skilled workforce for Newnan is wonderful in every way. It's not just about a job for a person who is unemployed. It is about providing a skilled workforce to help our community grow to provide more job opportunities. It is about providing a way for a job seeker to earn wages that will lead toward creating a home that is financially stable. And, even though we may not always think about this, a job may be the difference between a food for dinner or no food for a family.

We are all connected regardless of our position at this moment. I am constantly reminded of this at my job daily, and I am humbled each day because I know that my success is success for our clients.

I love that through my job I am able to humble myself daily. I am truly thankful for the opportunities that Goodwill provides for me to connect to our community and job seekers.

It's so easy to come to work daily, and to collect a paycheck. It's another thing to come to work daily, and to see that the job you are doing is not only benefiting others; but, that it is also helping you develop in the skills necessary to be a more genuine leader in the future. The people I see in our centers are the people that motivate me to continue moving forward.



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