Find a cause you care about and make it your passion.
Jennifer Matney, SVP/director of operational risk management at UMB, was recognized at the 2018 Summit Sales & Leadership Conference for her extensive community involvement, which includes serving on several organizational boards and participating in many philanthropic initiatives. The following is from a Q&A session with Jennifer.
How are you involved in the Kansas City community?
When I started at UMB, I was already very involved in the community. I was in a sorority in college and was very involved with the philanthropic events, so that kind of involvement was already instilled in me when I started working.
Now I sit on several boards and volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I’ve been successful in fundraising for several charities. I’m the president elect of the Alumni Board for Centurions, and serve on the Teach for America board, First Hand Foundation Community Ambassador board, Phoenix Family Sponsorship Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ambassadors, and the Advisory Cabinet for Women United.
How can UMB make an impact on the community?
The company has been very supportive of my philanthropic involvement. Fostering a diverse and vibrant community is a big part of what our company values, and I do everything I can to extend that value into the greater Kansas City area.
If I owned UMB, I know I would want the company to have a good reputation. For me, upholding high standards for UMB is important, and I always want to represent the company at its best. By committing to and supporting community involvement and philanthropy, UMB can help solidify itself as a community leader.
Why is corporate philanthropy important?
The people of Kansas City are very philanthropic by nature. UMB has been part of the Kansas City community for more than 100 years; what’s important to our community is important to us. UMB supports several organizations and our four community involvement emphasis areas—art, agriculture, sustainability and financial education—apply to many of the things our associates are passionate about.
What advice do you have for someone looking to become more involved in his/her community?
My advice is to find something you’re passionate about and find an organization that embodies that passion. I made the mistake earlier in my career of joining the board of an organization I wasn’t passionate about–I wasn’t a very effective board member because of that. Now I have committed to only serve on Boards that have some impact on children, as that is my passion.
Whether your passion is children, animals, economic involvement, financial education, sustainability—there is an organization out there that can help you direct that passion towards meaningful change.
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