Q&A: Aimee-Kate Mooney, Vice President & Executive Director of Catholic Community Choir (CCC) and current member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors.
Aimee-Kate Mooney is the Vice President & Executive Director of Catholic Community Choir (CCC) based in Springfield, PA. Joining CCC in 2010 as the choreographer, Aimee-Kate’s role quickly grew to focus on CCC's organizational development, structure and goals for a successful future. Since Aimee-Kate joined the team, she has built programs, established and strengthened relationships with donors, sponsors, community partners and most of all, our members.
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Aimee-Kate has developed programs for high school and college students who are aspiring educators and performing arts professionals, allowing each to have hands-on experience with children and a community theater program as each works towards his or her goals. Aimee-Kate’s goal is to always spread the mission of CCC and to continually provide an open environment for all children so that each young person has the ability to share their gifts and talents on and off stage. Outside of CCC, Aimee-Kate is also actively involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater Delaware Valley Chapter), is a Board Member for Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Chair of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.
How many years have you been with your current company/ organization?
Why do you believe your business/ organization a Chamber member?
CCC is a very unique organization and since we joined the Chamber years ago, we have been able to spread our mission and vision to so many other individuals, businesses and organizations in Delaware County and beyond who would not have known what CCC is and who we serve. It has been a wonderful asset for not only our organization but also our team to be able to be a member of the Chamber as we continue to grow and expand each year.
What has been the most valuable aspect of your Delaware County Chamber of Commerce membership?
I have made so many wonderful connections both professionally and personally through the years. Serving on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of Young Professional Committee, I have made valuable connections that have inspired me and allowed me to learn along the way, while continuing to grow my own business.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting out her career?
Embrace every opportunity and challenge so that you can learn something from each experience that may help you as you start your career. It may not always be easy or comfortable, but by stepping out of your comfort zone, you may connect with someone or learn something valuable that will make a lasting impact on your journey.
In honor of March being International Women's Month, can you identify a woman in history that has inspired you and explain why?
Being in the performing arts world, one person I would have to say Betty White. She was larger than life and impacted the world. From her humble yet humorous spirit to her ability to leave joy with the world, she inspires me to remain humble and also to laugh along the way. She was graceful, yet silly and impacted so many by just being herself.
Can you explain any obstacles you have faced as a woman in the workplace and how you got past them?
We started our organization at a young age and for years I was surrounded by individuals who would imply that we were too young or did not have enough experience. Although we were young, we had passion and excitement to build our dream. That fueled much of our success and has kept us determined even through the biggest roadblocks. As a female, I recall many times I would be in a room where I was the youngest or one of just a few women. At first it was intimidating but I would remind myself that if I held back, I was just holding myself and my organization back. In order to find valuable connections and make the most of each opportunity, I had to step out and be confident in who I am. In doing so, I would be able to stay determined and focused on building my dream.
Can you share any tips you have for woman who are trying to make secure a board of directors position?
Look for common connections with individuals who currently serve on the board or can help make a connection for you. You may find a connection through other ways you are involved in your community or by joining a committee that supports the board. Don't be afraid to share a strength you have because it may be something valuable for the board now or in the future.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by gratitude on a daily basis. I am grateful every day I have the chance to do something I love and have built from the very beginning. When you appreciate and value your career, everything else can follow in the same way. Our relationships, friendships, and connections can be stronger and our general happiness can be greater. While we don't work forever, it is a large part of our life. By focusing on what we are grateful for through our journeys, we can stay motivated to continue building our own success and being proud of all that we have accomplished both personally and professionally.
Are you involved with any other community organizations or charities?
I am the Co-Moderator for Danny Hammond Dance Marathon at Cardinal O'Hara High School and volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.