January’s Leadership Pipeline mentee post features Emily Linn. Emily is a Financial Aid Officer at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana. Here’s what she has to say about LP!
- Your current position and how long you’ve worked in FA.
I am a Financial Aid Officer at the University of Providence. I have been here at the University for 6 years with a little over 4 of those years in financial aid! I started working as the bookstore assistant, then moved over to be the financial aid assistant, then moved into a student service specialist position within our one stop, and then was promoted to financial aid officer!
- Why did you decide to join Leadership Pipeline?
I decided to join leadership pipeline for the opportunity to grow as a person and strengthen my leadership skills. Professional development is very important to me, and I want to continue to move up and around within Financial Aid! I wanted to learn more about how I can be the best leader I can be by understanding my current leadership style and ways to improve. I was very excited to hear each mentee is matched with a mentor who is there to help you throughout the program one on one. Knowing I would have someone there to guide me through tough situations and a personal contact to help me develop my leadership style was very exciting. Growing as a leader and developing my personal skills is very important to me, and I hope to someday move into a director position!
- What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far?
The program is just getting started, but I have already learned so much more about myself. Completing the Kiersey personality assessment was eye opening. I enjoyed learning more about how each personality type works with others and some strengths and weaknesses of my individual personality type. The monthly calls are also great! I love listening to things that other mentees are doing at their schools to make their offices more innovative and effective and how each person uses their own leadership strengths to make an impact within financial aid. I am already so excited for our future meetings.
- What is it that you are hoping to gain at the end of the program?
I was really hoping to get out of my comfort zone and try something different. Leadership Pipeline is nothing like any other program or group I have been part of. I want to learn more about my own leadership strengths and weaknesses and make goals with my mentor on how I can continue to grow. I hope to continue to be able to work directly with my mentor navigating through difficult situations and gaining skills to navigate through the hurdles of financial aid after this program is complete.
- Why would you recommend this program to others?
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to grow their leadership skills and continue to make a difference in financial aid. Not only is this program going to give you all the skills to grow as a leader, but it also introduces you to a great network of people who will be able to help you grow within the financial aid world and help you troubleshoot any issues that come up within financial aid.