June 2017 YP of the Month: Connie Gens
Where do you work, what is your current position and what do you like most about it?
I work at The Arc Fond du Lac as a Case Manager for the Adult Day Service Program, also known as the Opportunities Center. I have worked at The Arc since graduating in 2005. I love that my position allows me to interact with my clients every day and see their growth and change.
What has YPF done for your personal and/or professional development?
Before I joined YPF I would go to events in the community and just sit off by myself or only talk to the person next to me. Since I have become more involved with YPF, I feel more confident that I will be able to approach anyone at a community event and start building my connection. I like working on the Programming and Events committee and enhancing the programming that YPF offers.
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
It may sound cheesy, but I take a lot of inspiration from strong female journalists like Barbra Walters and Rachel Maddow. For me, they provide inspiration that you can be respected and powerful; through integrity not what your gender is.
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
I am a member of the Programming and Events committee with YPF. I am involved in the Community Committee on Transition (CCoT) which works to help intellectual/developmentally disabled high school students successfully transition to secondary education, the workforce or into skill building programs like The Arc’s Adult Day program. I am also a Den leader for Cub Scout Pack 3763.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
When you want to make a change, don’t be afraid to start.
Connie represents The Arc of Fond du Lac.