Alumni Stories - Genessee Kagy
In 2007, I was a fresh college graduate back in LA, after 4 years in NorCal. At the suggestion of my parents, I researched some Asian American professional organizations to jumpstart my LA network with.
The following year, I applied to be Director of Administrative Affairs.
Little did I know it at the time, but the people I met, and continued to work with, in various capacities (as Chair of Marketing for 3 years, Chair of APEX Cares for 1 year, Chair of Membership for 1 year), became some of my closest friends.
In addition to the Board Retreats, and long email chains that resulted in well-promoted and attended events, I spent weekends with my fellow board members, running half-marathons, catching up over brunches and potlucks, exploring some of LA’s most storied restaurants (I’m not a foodie, but I suppose became one by association), and really appreciating my city, local community, and newfound friendships.
They say, "work hard, play harder." And APEX uniquely epitomizes that philosophy.
Operation Christmas Child, held during the holiday season each year is probably my favorite event. It’s a great opportunity to give back to underprivileged children in a low key atmosphere, and spend time with friends. In 2014, we had a great turnout, and tallied over 100 shoeboxes filled with gifts, hygiene items, and stationary!
The first few years as a new professional, can be both exciting and overwhelming, and having a project and organization you’re passionate about, and working on it, with other dedicated, motivated individuals, adds tremendously to the experience.
Since then, a lot has changed and most of us have become alumni, but we still consider APEX an integral part of our growth. And you can bet, that any community event has at least a handful of alumni in attendance.
Professionally, APEX helped me to become comfortable with networking, taking direction, and well as delegating. Even now, 8 years later, I consider joining the Board to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Connect with Genessee at https://www.linkedin.com/in/genessee