VYP Q&A: Kristin Fuller, Apollo Group

January 15th, 2013
Kristin Fuller is a traveler hoping to make a world of difference.

Get to know your fellow VYPers through our recurring series of Q&A sessions with some of the Valley’s top young professionals. This month, meet Apollo Group's Kristin Fuller, who is living proof that while you may have a map for your future, a change in direction can often be very rewarding. 

Q. What is your role at Apollo Group? 
A. My role is to manage and oversee our volunteer program. I work within Corporate Social Responsibility, which decides where our charitable assets go, including monetary contributions, in-kind contributions and volunteerism.

Q. How did your career path lead you here?
A. My career path didn’t. This is something I knew I wanted to do, but I have a background in banking, sales and recruitment. Through family circumstance, I learned the value of a nonprofit about five or six years ago, and I decided I wanted to give back to others the way someone had given to me. So, I switched careers. I knew I had the skill set and passion for working with non-profit groups, and I pushed really, really hard to get a chance here. I’ve loved it ever since.

Q. What advice would you give to young professionals?
A. If you have the opportunity to take personality tests that align you with specific jobs, take them. That’s one thing I wish I had done earlier. Then do some informational interviews; establish connections, seek out mentors in the field you want to be in and build those relationships.

Q. How do you maintain your persistence and drive?
A. No matter which life road you’re on, it has bumps in it. Find what you’re looking for and passionate about and remember to love it. Don’t let the day-to-day “stuff” diminish  your passion. Take time  to pause, look at what you accomplished and be happy about that. 

Q. What was the value of your sabbatical?
A. In 2008, before I found this job, I lived in London for three months. It was one of the best experiences — if not the best experience — I’ve ever had. I took that time to get to know my adult self a little bit better, experience a few different cultures and to find out what I was passionate about. That really led me to this job. 

Q. What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?
A. I’d travel the world and find ways to make an impact on others. 

Q. What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to so far?
A. Geneva, Switzerland. I had an amazing time in Geneva hanging with the locals and seeing the surroundings. It’s a beautiful place!  

Q. What are your goals for the future?
A. After I graduated with my Master’s degree in Public Administration, I committed to learning a musical instrument (and purchased a keyboard to learn how to play piano), to learning a second language and to learning a martial art. 

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This interview, conducted by Stephanie Conner, is part of the Chamber's monthly Valley Young Professionals email newsletter. To sign up for any or all of the Chamber's email communications, click here. For more information on joining the VYP, click here.

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