This month, the Big Sister League Spotlight shines on our Executive Director, Amy Diffley. We caught up with her to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, how our residents inspire her, and what advice she has for women seeking leadership roles.
How has COVID-19 impacted the residents at BSL?
Over the past eleven months, BSL residents have significantly been impacted by COVID from missing outpatient program to not having regular visits with their family and friends. Pre-COVID most of our residents had a routine which was helpful managing their mental health symptoms. Without in person support groups, BSL increased in-house activities including gardening, painting, baking, movie nights, local hikes and fostering a pup from Frosted Faces. This has helped the residents still remain active even with the statewide lockdown.
How do the residents at BSL inspire you?
Every resident at BSL has personal strengths and positive attributes they bring to the house. As I talk to residents and learn about their struggles and journeys, it is inspiring to see how far many have come and all the potential they have. I love hearing when a resident finds employment or is working on repairing a broken relationship and looking forward to the future. The strides these ladies make is not only inspiring, but it reminds me that we all should strive to be a better version of ourselves.
What tip would you give to women that aspire to be in leadership roles?
Set your goals high. Keep your eye on the prize and do not let others’ opinions of you discourage your drive and passion of who and what you want to be. Be assertive, always be kind, and learn from your mistakes so you can continue to develop both professionally and personally.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
I am most passionate about my Belgian Malinoises, hiking, backpacking, and exploring new places. I love visiting National Parks and finding the beauty in solitude and nature.