Account Executive Pamela Grenas initially joined UWGLA’s movement to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by participating in the organization’s Loaned Executive Program last fall. Below, she discusses what this unique experience meant to her and the community as a whole.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to participate in United Way’s Loaned Executive program.
I was born and raised in Long Beach and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cal State L.A. I made the decision to join the LE program based on a recommendation from my cousin, who works in the Development department at United Way.
In your opinion, what does our mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty mean for the residents of this community?
It simply provides them with hope.
Describe a typical workday at United Way.
It would always start with checking my emails, writing my to-do list for the day and assembling packets of campaign materials for the Account Executives. During the campaign season, we were constantly in and out of the office and if there were presentations to be made, I needed to ensure that meetings were properly scheduled and our AEs received as much internal/external support as possible.
What was your most memorable or rewarding experience as a Loaned Executive?
Having the chance to really enjoy the company of other LEs, to experience such camaraderie with people of diverse backgrounds, personalities, etc. and to share a common goal of Creating Pathways Out of Poverty. It was also very rewarding to engage residents throughout this community and show them there is something they can do to help those in need.
What would you say to someone who’s interested in becoming a Loaned Executive?
If your passion is to be successful and to make an impact, then definitely check out United Way of Greater L.A. Here, you’ll be surrounded by people who clearly fit that description and who are changing lives everyday.
*For more info on the Loaned Executive Program, please click here.