Meet the Leadership Team: Sally

fairplay-leadership_sallyThe FairPlay leadership team is made up of 5 people who volunteer their time to lead and organize the many FairPlay members. Learn more about who they are by getting to know one of our leaders: Sally. A chronic documenter, Sally can usually be found knee deep in spreadsheets. One part calculator, one part bath bomb and one part sass, she rounds out our leadership team!

Why did you want to be a part of the leadership team?

Over the years that Fairplay has existed, I have watched the community evolve in so many positive ways – I have watched us all ask ourselves and each other difficult questions and seen us each be confronted with our own shortcomings as we examine how we all contribute to the systemic issue of sexism. While so much of the change has been good, I have also seen the ugly side of asking the difficult questions. I have seen the fire of confrontation and accusations spread; and I recognize that in many ways, Fairplay lit that initial spark. I have watched people I care deeply about be dragged through the mud, and I have watched the Fairplay leadership team carry on despite this, even as the emotional toll wore them down and out.

I have also witnessed and experienced first hand the real and tangible difference that an organization like this can make in empowering women to confront the unfair standards that we are held to by our male counterparts, and often times, by ourselves.

At its core, I wanted to be a part of the leadership team because I thought it was a good idea to have a fresh perspective both on the organizational/logistical aspects and on the role of the group itself. I wanted to bring new energy into the group, and I did not want to be an armchair advocate in the community.

What experiences have you had that you feel prepare you for your role on the Fairplay leadership team?

Defining how I am “qualified” for this is so subjective – we each have different ideas as to what level of experiences really makes a personal qualified to do anything, and while Fairplay has never claimed to be “qualified” to take on this role, I understand that by doing so we are inherently claiming we do, in some ways. As far as informal training goes, I am a woman who has lived in a patriarchal society since birth. There’s really no better qualification for wanting better for ourselves and other women, and I hope that Fairplay has played a part in inspiring confidence that we are each worth speaking up for.

As far as formal training goes, I served on the staff of a non-profit organization whose sole purpose was empowering youth aged 14-24 for three years. I was then elected to chair the organization for two consecutive years. The organization – Summer’s End – was the only organization of its kind to our knowledge. It was run by youth, for youth. I have seen a lot of the same principles of that community apply here. In my role as chair, I created the sexual harassment and formal “harshing” policy. I have extensive training in mediation, conflict resolution, and specifically on communication in consensus based communities/discussions. I have also worked in law and finance since college, so I tend to approach things from a very analytical point of view.

What do you like to do when you’re not improvising?

I love my job as a fraud investigator for a major bank. I spend a lot of my time focusing on social justice and equality; I recently successfully pitched a project to install gender neutral restrooms at my workplace which was accepted and will eventually be implemented nationwide. I produce multiple shows for local comedy theaters and I also work on a show called Minnesota Tonight, which I really love because it’s a satirical news show that focuses entirely on issues impacting our state. When I’m at home, I love to read, play videogames, hang with my cats and pup, eat at restaurants in the ‘burbs, and watch HGTV.

3 Dumb words you like the sound of:

Yogurt, elephant, oregano.

Where can we see you perform?

Currently, only in my living room.

How many improvisers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

One. You. Because you are enough.