Working Mama Spotlight on Amanda Moore

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Where are you from: Evansville, Indiana

Where do you live now: Fishers, Indiana

Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Leadership Development

Career: Director of Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Strategies for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for the past 15 years.

Family life: Married to an amazing man Adam who is the nurse for Community Health and we are parents to adopted 2 year old twin boys Jackson and Baden and a sweet dog, Stella

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Favorite Indy EatsCaplingers Fresh Fish Market and for a quick pick me up….I have to say Starbucks!  This mom needs her caffeine!

Favorite family fun spot/activity:  Our boys love to be outside and especially in the water.  Jackson was diagnosed with Angleman Syndrome in January and have learned that water is his happy place.  We love to go to the Y to swim but also love going to the park or the Zoo because Baden is now obsessed with animals.

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Favorite "me-time" activity:  A perfect day for me would be to head to the local movie theater, get a huge thing of popcorn and a really cold coke and escape in a movie!

What are you reading right now? I turned 40 this year and I promise myself that in my 40th year I would read more.  I just got down reading the Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

Best Mom Moment:  So many but with Baden it was the first time I saw him help his twin brother get up the stairs as I knew that he was going to be Jackson’s wingman.  With Jackson, we knew that every milestone was and is going to be more challenging for him.  Every time he hits one, it is such an amazing moment.  He recently said Mama for the first time and it was the most beautiful thing ever!

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Career Highlight(s):  I am so honored in everything I do at the Y.  The Y is truly for ALL and I have been blessed to be a part of it.  My proudest moments involve seeing staff that I have mentored succeed, starting a food program for youth in section 8 housing and recently being a champion for diversity and inclusion for our community.  Anything I can do to make sure EVERYONE feels welcome at the Y is my mission.

What you love about being a Hoosier?  I know it is cliché but the hospitality.  I have not gone many places in my life that I have felt moore welcomed than in Indiana.  I also love that I can be in the city and then 10 minutes later be in a field of corn.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up?  I really wanted to be Michelle Phfier from Dangerous Minds.  I wanted to change the life of kids that needed that extra love and care.  I think I even bought the leather jacket she wears in the movie!

Where you want to be in 10 years?  I hope I am still impacting the community through my Y work but most importantly I hope that my husband is healthy and happy, my kids describe me as a mom that is present and active in their life and that our sweet boy Jackson has defied all the odds of his disease and Baden feels immense love. 

My biggest mistake:  So many…..as far as my career goes my biggest mistake is letting negative thoughts escape.  Working in nonprofits can be challenging and it is not always the happy moments.  I wish I could go back and tell my young self to keep the mission in perspective and not let negativity guide my decision and words.  As far as motherhood, my husband and I tried to have our own children for over 4 years with no luck.  We were so blessed when we were connected with our birth mother and even more blessed when we found out there where two.  I make mistakes every day, but the one I want to mention is trying to achieve work life balance.  To me there is really no such thing.  I think there is work life integration and I worked so hard at the beginning to define that based on what I was seeing around me with other moms.  I quickly learned that my story is my story.  I can’t be like other moms and I have decide what type of mom I wanted to be.  Try not to compare yourselves to others, you are your true unique self!

Career/Parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas: I think I wrapped this up in the question above!  But also be kind to yourself, to others and easily give grace and accept it.

Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

Check out the  YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation