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Being a leader takes practice. We’re excited to share our latest experiments and lessons learned.

Samantha Campbell
Friday, June 2, 2017

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry.

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: To me, leadership means responsibility. It means having the ability to listen, inspire, empower, and encourage others.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A:  Bodo’s.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: Learning to listen to my inner voice, my amazing little daughter, and moving to Hawaii on my own to pursue my education.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: The sense of community, the architecture, and the gorgeous gardens.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Basically anything awesome from Goodwill.

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: Graphic design gave me the opportunity to share my artsy, creative side with others. It was something that I was always interested in, and it came somewhat naturally for me.

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: Making jewelry, doing photography sessions, gardening, and most of all, spending time with my husband and 2 year-old daughter.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A: My mom has always been supportive of me. From the day I could hold a crayon, she encouraged me to do what I love, no matter what. She would always tell me: Look at the birds of the air- they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. She helped me to understand that it’s better to live a life full of doing what you love then to do what everyone thinks or tells you to do. When you live a happy life, everything else is taken care of.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A: I was dance club president in college and loved performing in front of large crowds- just don’t ask me to do any public speaking!

Samantha Campbell
Friday, May 5, 2017

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: My “go-to” karaoke song is “Africa” by Toto.

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: Leadership is knowing your strengths as well as your limitations. Leadership is constantly challenging yourself and striving to become better; teaching others as well as learning. Leadership is staying organized, remaining calm and positive and overcoming obstacles. It is asking good questions, contributing to a team in any way you can and thinking outside the box. Leadership is being a person others can look up to and learn from.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: My favorite Charlottesville restaurant is Tavola.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: Without a doubt, my greatest achievement outside of my professional life is raising my four-year-old daughter, Charlotte Rose. She is an amazing kid and I am so very proud of the person she’s becoming!

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: I love the people I work with, walking the beautiful Grounds and learning about UVA’s rich traditions and history.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: No.

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: Prior to my role as Training Administrator for the CLE, I worked in advertising, marketing, and communications. I was looking for an opportunity to completely switch professional gears, and become involved with an organization that would really challenge me and help me learn a variety of new skills. I have especially enjoyed my experience as a Grounds for Success Orientation trainer; it has piqued my interest in training and development, an area in which I hope to continue!

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: On the weekends, you’ll find spending time with my daughter, Charlotte, our dog, Lola, and friends or family. I like taking day trips, museums, going to the beach or a winery, and having a good cup of coffee while reading People magazine. I love listening to music, going to concerts, being outdoors, and watching movies. I also enjoy baking and trying new recipes.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A:  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A:  I am originally from North Dakota and saw the ocean for the first time when I was 22!

Samantha Campbell
Friday, April 7, 2017

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A:  That’s tough - - I like different kinds of music. I’d probably sing just about anything or at least try. I’ll admit that I like some of the same music that my son likes and I even sing along sometimes, that is, until I Google the lyrics!

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A:  Leadership is the ability to inspire others to share your vision and do their best work.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A:  I don’t really have a favorite restaurant in Charlottesville but I love Mexican food!

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A:  No question, it’s my son, Micah. I am so proud of the respectful young man that he has become. His former teachers always talked about how respectful he was, even in elementary school. I am so proud that he’s still that way today.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A:  The Grounds, the prestige and my colleagues

Q: Do you collect anything?
A:  No, not really, but I guess you could say yes if you consider that I’ve kept every card that my husband and son have ever given me. I also still have many of my son’s baby clothes and he’s 22 now! It’s just hard to part with some things.

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A:  I sort of fell into my profession. I had planned to be a TV anchor but I started my first job at my alma mater as an admissions counselor/recruiter to be near my college sweetheart Lorenzo (whom I married later). It’s hard to believe that my entire career has been in higher education.

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A:  Every weekend I try to carve out time for myself and of course my family. I also do the usual weekend errands and I watch the HGTV channel every chance I get. I love the home repair shows! I’d love to have my own set of power tools!

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A:  To ALWAYS be kind to EVERYONE!

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A:  I used to sing in a band when I was in high school! We performed at a few concerts for teens in our community and on a local radio show. I even won a couple pageants and sang as my talent.

Samantha Campbell 
Friday, March 3, 2017

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: A Scottish folk song called The Skye Boat Song, but actually I can’t imagine doing karaoke!

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: A leader is someone who knows him/herself and team members well enough to let each person bring their strengths to the mission. Characteristics are compassion, caring, reading people well, intelligence, and passion.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: MarieBette and Bizou

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: My husband and I have raised our two children to grow into the wonderful, caring, smart, and thoughtful independent adults they were meant to be.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: The history, the Academical Village, and the opportunity for exploring and offering my own interests and gifts.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Rocks from far off places that I or friends have visited.

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: I have had several professions in my adult life. I am drawn to exploring whom I can be and what I can offer that makes the world a better place or makes an individual life better.

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: Reading, watching movies, singing shape note music, traveling, being with my husband and pets, and visiting family.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A: Try to understand and accept people just as they are.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A: I love to dance really crazy!

Samantha Campbell
Friday, February 3, 2017
 

 

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: Gloria – Patti Smith’s version.

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: Big question! To me, leadership means empowering yourself and others to contribute to a common cause in meaningful ways.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: Alley Light.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: For now, I’d say leading a gentle life without intentionally causing harm. I hope my greatest achievement is yet to come.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: The serpentine walls, the camaraderie, and it’s where I met the love of my life.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Sea shells, sea glass, and alebrijes (Oaxacan wood carvings).

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: People fascinate me. I love finding out what makes them tick, learning from them, and sharing my knowledge. Working for the Center for Leadership Excellence is the perfect place for me!

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: Weekends are for relaxing, hanging with friends, and spending as much time as possible with my dog, Koko. Time off is for travel!!

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A:  Tell the truth with kindness.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A:  I have a pony! An ornery, little pony that came with our house when we bought it.

Samantha Campbell
Friday, January 6, 2017

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: “Don’t Stop Believin'" by Journey

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: To me, leadership means translating a vision into reality by influencing and empowering others.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: It’s too hard to pick just one so I’m naming several – Tavola, Mas, Continental Divide, Monsoon Siam, and C&O.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: Being close with my parents and my brother.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: The history, Grounds (especially in the Fall), and the variety of events offered.  

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Does wine count?

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: I love working in an environment where I can interact with different people, exchange ideas, and learn new things.

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: Right now, a lot of my weekends are spent in school because I’m working on my MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management. On my free weekends, I enjoy taking advantage of everything Charlottesville has to offer – visiting vineyards and breweries, going to the City Market, going for a walk or a hike, and eating at different restaurants. If I have more time off than a weekend, I love to travel.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A:  Live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A:  I’ve never had the chicken pox. Don’t worry - I got the vaccine!

 

Samantha Campbell
Friday, November 4, 2016

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: I can’t carry a tune, but I can sing the 50 states in alphabetical order!

Q: What does leadership mean to you? 
A: Vision combined with action and strategy combined with tactics.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: Tough question! Duner’s is certainly at the top of the list.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: Raising my stepdaughter when she was a teenager.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: 1) When the ice cream truck comes to the UHR parking lot! 2) My smart teammates 3) Knowing that our work is making a difference for our fellow colleagues at UVA.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Demitasse. I have most of my great grandmother’s collection and a few of my own.

Q: Why did you choose your profession?  
A: I’d never been so energized and fulfilled as I was the first time I facilitated training. I wanted that all the time!

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: So many great things to do here! Errands often take a back seat to Bold Rock or one of the 151 breweries.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A: Trust your instincts, always.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A: I would like to become a wedding officiant some day.

 

 

 

Heather Humphrey
Friday, October 7, 2016

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A: It is in everyone’s best interest for me to abstain from karaoke, but if I make my way on stage you can expect an 80s power ballad or perhaps some 90s hip-hop. Consider yourself warned.

Q: What does leadership mean to you?
A: For me, leadership is about helping others achieve something they otherwise would not. Leadership can help others engage in new behaviors, gain new perspectives, and achieve what was previously unachievable.

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: The taco vendor at the City Market. Hands down the best tacos you can get in Charlottesville.

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A: Are kids an achievement? Whether they are or not, my two boys are certainly the greatest thing to happen in my life.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A: Its history, its willingness to change, and the opportunity created as a result. It is difficult to preserve the history of an institution as old as UVA and maintain its culture while also trying to innovate, but I find the tension created is full of possibility and excitement.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Vintage climbing equipment. I used to be an outdoor educator and did a lot of climbing. While I don’t climb often anymore, I still love the gear. I’ve spent way too much time (and money) on eBay searching for Chouinard Tube Chocks, Forrest Titons, and Lowe Snargs. 

Q: Why did you choose your profession? 
A: Like a lot folks in the learning and development field, I never set out to be in this profession. I’ve come to realize that I really like to help others develop new skills that allow them to excel at whatever it is they do and my role with the Center for Leadership Excellence allows me to do that.

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A: Who knows?! I like variety and having new experiences so I try to avoid having a typical routine on the weekends. However, with two sons there is a high likelihood that a children’s museum will be on the agenda.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A: “If it’s not fun, it’s crap.” Perhaps not the most eloquent of advice, but certainly the most honest I have received. Given to me by a longtime friend and mentor, it has helped me maintain perspective and find the lighter side of life’s challenges.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A: I used to do reenactments and living histories of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Era. As a result, I’ve lived in a teepee, made my own historically accurate clothing, and had really long hair.

Heather Humphrey
Friday, September 2, 2016

Next week, we will welcome Jess Hench to the CLE team. Jess is a Learning and Development Specalist and we are excited to have her. Get to know Jess below.

Q: What song would you sing at karaoke night?
A:
“What’s Up?” by Four Non Blondes

Q: What does leadership mean to you?
A:
Leadership is about discovering the potential in people and helping to unleash that potential. This happens by inspiring and encouraging people, helping them discover their strengths, and providing opportunities for them to act on those strengths so they can live up to their true potential. 

Q: Your favorite place to eat in Charlottesville?
A: 
Brazos Tacos (mmmm……tacos….. what was I working on?)

Q: What is your proudest/greatest achievement outside of the professional realm?
A:
When I was 16, I rode a bicycle from Seattle, Washington back to my home state of Connecticut. It took nine weeks, and we crossed about 4,000 miles. It helped me realize that I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it and put in the work to do it, and it became the first of many lofty goals that I set out to accomplish.

Q: What are three things you love about UVA?
A:
My family has lived in Charlottesville for a long time, but I’m newly a resident myself, so I’m just getting to know UVA in a whole different way. 1. I love the way UVA is the hub of this community, providing events and opportunities for all residents of Charlottesville. 2. I love how beautiful it is, and I look forward to getting to know Grounds through the seasons. 3. I love how it’s a modern university, yet grounded in tradition.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: 
I collect teapots.

Q: Why did you choose your profession? 
A: 
I have always been a teacher at heart, and I have taught in many ways in many places. I spent several years teaching elementary school, have taught college students. I have worked with adults in various training and learning settings, and I also worked as a teambuilding facilitator at a high ropes course. I love having opportunities to inspire people and to bring out the best in people. I am excited to join the wonderful CLE team and to work with members of the UVA community. 

Q: What are you usually doing on the weekend or during time off?
A:
Spending time outside hiking, running, or gardening. Also enjoying the great live music and awesome food of Charlottesville. During longer breaks, I love traveling and exploring new places.

Q: What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
A: 
Use your strengths to help others.

Q: What about you would surprise us?
A:  I’ve spent most of my life in school!