NC3 has some impressive team members in our ranks and this Staff Spotlight series aims to highlight the incredibly talented individuals who work with us. We’ll be featuring a new interview in our monthly newsletters, here on our website, and on our social media pages each month.
This month we’re excited to put the spotlight on Zoe Nyhus… NC3’s Training Coordinator!
Before working with NC3, Zoe was an Event Producer on her college campus. In this role, she hosted concerts, comedy nights, movie nights, and craft nights for students at her school. Seeing how all the coordinating, marketing, and students came together to make memorable experiences was something truly special, and this, combined with her previous work experience with CREATE Portage County and her community’s Summer Concert Series events, was the driver behind her love of event production.
In her current role with NC3, Zoe supports our Train-the-Trainer team by documenting individuals as they register for in-person trainings and making sure they have everything they need prior to each event! She finds her role particularly interesting because she gets to see the need for NC3’s services directly reflected in our classes registration numbers – which generally fill up quickly! As Zoe dives into her third month working with NC3, she’s excited to start taking on more responsibilities, and in addition to supporting Train-the-Trainer registrants, she’s looking forward to planning happy hours, booking hotels, making catering arrangements, and organizing outings for NC3’s Train-the-Trainer team.
What do you like most about your job?
The best part of my job is connecting with people. During my first Train-the-Trainer event, I had the privilege of meeting some of the people that we serve. Learning about different backgrounds and hearing about how NC3’s industry-recognized certifications will improve the prospects of students was inspiring.
What are some fun elements of working with NC3 that you only learned about after you started working here?
One fun element of working with NC3 that I only learned after starting is the bi-weekly meetings with all of the program managers. These meetings provide a great opportunity to hear what everyone is working on, share best practices, and build camaraderie. The icebreaker activities during these meetings are fun and allow us to learn more about each other’s lives outside of work. Overall, it’s a great way to stay connected and engaged with the team.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
As with many people in this sector, I’m motivated by making a positive impact. I believe in the difference NC3 can make and I believe in my ability to aid the goals of the organization. That, and my cat makes SURE I’m up for work (or, well, for feeding him)… so he is definitely a motivator as well!
What is on your wish list for the next 5 years with NC3?
As I continue to grow with NC3, I’d like to begin working with our schools to secure funding that allows them to expand their ability to get new equipment and certify students. I would like to develop relationships to help schools apply for grants and ultimately further empower their students. I’ve always had a keen interest in writing which pairs well with my desire to build relationships and the mission of NC3.
You’re happiest when _________________.
I’m happiest when I’m painting. I love to put on music that suits the mood of my piece and become a conduit for the finished project. Preferably, with my kitty cat Leo nearby!
How do you define success?
For me, I think of success as a choice to continue showing up for people, causes, and oneself. Success looks different on different days and with different circumstances. Success can be having enough, finding content within that, and always continuing to seek opportunities to grow.
What are 3 words to describe NC3?
3 words to describe NC3 hmm, I’d say: Charismatic, Driven, and Passionate
Do you have a question about NC3’s in-person Train-the-Trainer events, or want to learn more about Zoe’s cat Leo? Click here to contact Zoe today.