Meet the Team: Rachel Parsley
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?
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!