“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Laura Kemps takes Gandhi’s famous words to heart as the Executive Director of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade. She is the one who networks with surrounding business, communicates with other Brigades around the world, and helps out the volunteers. She is changing lives everyday by giving people the opportunity to communicate with others around Neenah and the world. She says, “I do this because of the people” and because she loves to create opportunities for others. Giving them the chance to connect with others makes her always want to do more for them. She is the best example of change: she changes everybody around her in a positive way.
Laura was born and raised in Neenah; moved around a bit after college but she wanted to come back because she always loved the environment and wanted her kids to grow up here. Before Laura came to the Brigade, she was the executive director of St. Vincent de Paul in Green Bay and commuted to Green Bay while still living in Neenah. Laura says, “My favorite part of my job is the people . . . because there is over 1,000 volunteers.” She appreciates seeing the joy on others faces when the volunteers help out.
Some activities that Laura enjoys to take part in when she is not at work are the farmers market in downtown Neenah, music in the park at Shattuck Park, and looking around the Bergstrom museum. Laura talks about Neenah with passion, love and joy with her comment, “I love my job, and I am just amazed with everything that volunteers are willing to do.”
- Submitted By: NHS Arete Student Allyson Koehnke