20 Questions

Kelsey Castrey

  1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Compassionate, kind, and energetic
  2. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? Chuck E. Cheese. I started as a birthday hostess and moved into the birthday coordinator position while learning to manage employees, excel in customer service, and organizing chaos. I tend to thrive under pressure and still use those experiences in my work today, especially in event management.  
  3. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? My son. By far, the coolest experience ever meeting someone.
  4. What inspires you to do your best work? The possibility of changing lives for the better and ultimately knowing my strengths can strengthen someone else.
  5. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? Maya Angelou
  6. What is your Enneagram type? Type 2 – The Helper. The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive.
  7. How do you describe what you do for a living to family and friends? My firm supports nonprofits in the PNW to think strategically about fundraising efforts through board development, vision casting, campaign management, special events, and marketing.
  8. What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with no advance preparation? Perspective on single parenting.
  9. What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit? Moving my body more during the day and drinking more water to get my monthly average higher.
  10. Where are you in birth order (oldest? middle? youngest?) and do you think it affects your personality? I am #3 out of 4 so I consider myself a “middle child” and I do believe it does affect my personality; we tend to be the peacekeeper.
  11. What do you like about working at WAI? I really enjoy the team. We work so well together at solving problems and all have our own strengths that shine throughout the work we do.
  12. What’s the most inspiring part of nonprofit work? Knowing there are so many kind people focusing on making their community better through their services.
  13. What’s one professional skill you’re currently working to improve? Taking on bigger challenges, learning more about what I don’t know so my confidence grows.
  14. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?  I observe a lot of my mentors in their work and approach and learn a lot from my church leadership on leading with kindness.
  15. What personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why? I am an empathetic person and I believe that is a big strength while working with nonprofits and their leadership to understand their work with communities and to be able to share their vision successfully.
  16. What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it? Not having a plan past the current scope of work.
  17. If you could add one thing to WAI office, what would it be? A new team photo!!
  18. What’s one of your favorite memories from your career? There are so many events I have been a part of producing that have created such momentum for campaigns and it is always so exciting. It just always means the community is going to have more and better opportunities once there is more awareness shared. It just brings tears to my eyes. Nonprofit resources can really change lives.
  19. What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island? A book, some sort of multi-tool and drinking water.
  20. What’s the best piece of professional advice you’re ever received? Rely on the facts that I know currently and lead with kindness.

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