The 1828 Project is one of our signature programs at IndyHub and each year it’s full of incredible leaders between the ages of 18 and 28. Ceceily is a part of 1828’s Class VII. We sent her some questions and she responded. Keep reading to learn more about Ceceily!
What do you do from 9-5?
I am a Program Officer with United Way of Central Indiana. I work specifically on a large-scale initiative called Great Families 2020.
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana
What made you lay your roots here in Indianapolis?
I originally moved to Indianapolis to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Prior to moving to Indianapolis for VISTA I had no desire to live in Indianapolis. But after getting involved with the city I almost instantly knew I wanted to build a network here and stay longer term. Since then I’ve become invested on the neighborhood level here and bought my first home.
If you had to choose one mode of transportation to get around our city, which would you choose and why?
It’s probably the unpopular opinion but I would say car. There is so much to see and experience in Indy but we’re not quite to a point where it’s easy to get anywhere in the city in a reasonable amount of time with minimal effort and planning. I do plan to ride my bike more this spring and summer and look forward to a city that is even more bike-able!
Which local coffee joint is your favorite? What’s your go-to order?
I love coffee! I honestly don’t have a favorite coffee shop. It seems like I am the only person I know who has never been to Coat Check so I need to make my way there soon. [Editor’s Note: OH, Ceceily– we’ll totally take you there! We love that place.]
What are you most excited for with 1828, or who has been your favorite speaker thus far?
I appreciate how 1828 has brought together such a diverse group of young professionals into a common space. I’m most excited to stay in touch with those I’ve really connected with and to see what amazing things my classmates do in the future. Each speaker was amazing in their own way, my favorite was definitely Aman Brar. His authentically fresh perspective on business and life was inspiring. I left our session with Aman feeling even more motivated to speak up and speak out as well as more confident embracing my unique personal and professional quirks and qualities.
What are you most excited about when thinking about the future of our city?
I love the City of Indianapolis and I am just excited in general about where the city is headed. There is so much community and economic growth happening but at the same time there are passionate and dedicated groups fighting to ensure growth is equitable and we are truly building a community with a place for everyone. I can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for the next 5-10 years!
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Recently someone told me they appreciate being around me because “I’m really about what I say I’m about”. This meant a lot to me, because I know people are watching what we do even more than listening to what we say so this was a significant compliment for me.
If you could make one rule that everyone on earth had to follow, what would it be?
Do as much for others as you do for yourself.
What book has impacted you the most to date?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is ONE of the most impactful books I’ve read over the course of my life. I also recently read You Are a Bada**: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero and I loved this book for 2 reasons.
1) It was super motivating and helped me to shift my thinking in several positive ways
2) At the end of the book there are 15-20 book recommendations and eventually I will make it through all of them