20 Questions

Patti Westby

    1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Playful, caring, and driven
    2. What draws you to nonprofit work? I love making a difference in people’s lives. Collaborating as a team while motivating and celebrating our client’s successes.
    3. What was the last piece of art (book, music, movie, etc) that moved you, and why? The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It was the story of a young girl with a physical disability during WWII who came from an abusive home. She and her little brother were taken in by a woman who persevered and who helped this young girl to trust and heal her broken spirit and eventually her body. I love stories of transformation.
    4. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? My first “real” job was working for a CPA firm in the front office (typing tax returns – dating myself here). I learned about perseverance during a busy season and how important support staff is in getting the job done. Collaboration is key.
    5. To be successful, what’s the most important skill a professional should develop? You can learn any skill. Developing an attitude of excellence is key. I don’t mean perfection. We are all human and make mistakes. If you apply an attitude of excellence to everything you do, you will achieve great things. It may not be noticed right away but stay the course. Excellence does not go unnoticed.
    6. Who makes you laugh the hardest? Mike
    7. What was the worst purchase you’ve ever made? It’s a toss-up: bad roofer and an electronic gate. Both expensive: one reconstructed and one broken and hardly used.
    8. Dogs or cats? Golden Retrievers
    9. Beatles or Elvis? Neither (sorry)
    10. Who do you call first with good news? Mike
    11. Who has most impacted your professional life? Mike. He’s brilliant. He has integrity and a work ethic I have never seen. He has impeccable professional boundaries. I have and continue to learn from him every day. It’s not always easy owning a business together; however, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever accomplished in my life (other than my marriage and raising our kids).
    12. What was your first record, CD, or cassette you bought? Doobie Brothers!
    13. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? My youngest son, Jordan. On the day he was born, not under the influence of anesthesia.
    14. Favorite Holiday? Christmas
    15. What travel experience has most influenced your life? Mike and I traveled to Germany last summer. We attended a wedding (Mike played guitar & I sang) for our Au Pair who lived with us over 10 years ago. It was so wonderful being in an environment where we had to work hard to communicate and figure things out, while celebrating two beautiful people committing their lives to one another. We felt like part of the family and had a blast!
    16. What inspires you to do your best work? Probably my kids. I think it’s more important to BE the example and not just talk about it (although I DO do my fair share of talking!)
    17. How do you restore your energy when you’re feeling worn down or burnt out? I hunker down at home and sing! I love creating music and my home is my sanctuary. I also love to kick back with Mike and watch a great movie or a Mariner game.
    18. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? Christ. He was a perfect example of loving people where they are at.
    19. If a movie was made of your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? Emma Stone
    20. Favorite movie quote? “Sometimes brakes break for a reason.” The Hundred-Foot Journey

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