20 Questions

Ingrid Dankmeyer

  1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? resilient, pithy, calm
  2. What draws you to nonprofit work? Right livelihood, trying to do some good.
  3. What was the last piece of art (book, music, movie, etc) that moved you, and why? “Emergent Strategies” by adrienne maree brown because of the focus on being deeply human and connected and building a better world together.
  4. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? Selling athletic shoes I learned how to talk a good game. And that I really don’t do well in polyester uniforms.
  5. To be successful, what’s the most important skill a professional should develop? The ability to define success for yourself.
  6. Who makes you laugh the hardest? I think situations, more than any individual crack me up. But my sister has a really contagious laugh.
  7. What was the worst purchase you’ve ever made? Barefoot running shoes. In my experience, older runners need more cushioning, not less!
  8. Dogs or cats? Dogs
  9. Beatles or Elvis? Beatles
  10. Who do you call first with good news? My sweetie, Krista
  11. Who has most impacted your professional life? Thich Nhat Hanh
  12. What was your first record, CD, or cassette you bought? Maybe Journey “Escape”
  13. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? My kids.
  14. Favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving
  15. What travel experience has most influenced your life? Living and working in Southeast Asia.
  16. What inspires you to do your best work? Who I want to be in the world.
  17. How do you restore your energy when you’re feeling worn down or burnt out? Moving in nature or sweaty yoga.
  18. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? The Dalai Lama
  19. If a documentary was made in your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? Hmm, my kids suggest Tobin Heath, who is a Portland Thorns soccer player. Not that I ever played soccer, but 4 of my 5 kids do.
  20. Favorite movie quote? My 12 year old boys helped me out here with a Star Wars Jedi throwing shade on Jar Jar Binks: “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”

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