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1 July 2017 41 views No Comment
Amanda Malloy, ASA Director of Development

    Amanda Malloy

    “Before we go upstairs, would you like a vegan energy shot with cayenne pepper?” In more than 12 years of fundraising, I had never been asked this question. I declined the energy shot, but gratefully accepted the artistic cappuccino prepared by an expert barista. This particular visit was filled with firsts as we discussed possible ways the company I was visiting could support ASA programs.

    I was drawn to fundraising work because, like the visit I just described, it is filled with new experiences and incredible people. I started as the director of development in August of 2014, and in that time, I’ve met one on one with more than 50 ASA members and many more in groups at chapter meetings, luncheons, receptions, and other events. I’ve been invited into homes, places of work, and to favorite coffee shops and restaurants. I cherish each and every visit and truly love getting to know so many members. Through these relationships, I’ve learned so much more about the broad impact the statistics profession has on everyday life. It certainly validates for me why the ASA’s work, focused on the following four key areas, is so important.

    EDUCATION

    Opening Minds Through Statistics | Giving every student from kindergarten through graduate school the opportunity to learn and become excited about careers in statistics

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORING

    Growing at Every Career Level | Helping statisticians at every career level continue to grow, learn, and be successful

    SCIENCE POLICY AND ADVOCACY

    Raising the Profile of the Profession | Ensuring the proper use of statistics and that statisticians are involved in important policy decisions

    STATISTICAL LITERACY AND OUTREACH

    Changing the Stereotype | Making access to good statistics more accessible to the public and raising awareness for the many careers in statistics and data science

    It’s been gratifying to not only see the impact of these contributions at work, but also to tell members about what the ASA does that they may not know about. It is a great time to be the ASA’s director of development because of the hard work and volunteering of ASA members. Your willingness to help and contribute allows the association to do great things.

    A big thank-you to all who have let me come visit and learn about what is important to you in your personal and professional lives. It has been a pleasure to get to know you!

    If you are interested in chatting about giving opportunities, please reach out to me at amanda@amstat.org.

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