It is a great pleasure to join The Ohio State University as a Community Development Educator! In this, my first blog for OSU Extension, I will share a little bit about my background, my specialties, and what I hope to achieve in this exciting role.
My career has spanned over 30 years with almost as many twists and turns. I have worked in higher education in Alumni and Development at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, and Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, California, as well as Kent State University in Community Outreach. For several years I worked with my husband building his manufacturers rep business.
Most of my career has been dedicated to sales and marketing. My experience includes sales and marketing of products and services in healthcare, education, and technology for manufacturers and distributors in territories spanning the United States. I have been honored to earn sales awards, including Presidents Club and Rookie of the Year. I am drawn to the challenge of learning, researching, planning, and executing. Beyond planning, I am skilled in training, product launches, and event planning.
At McDonalds Corp, as a Business Consultant to franchise owners, I gained the utmost respect for the business acumen, planning, and work ethic of those owners, their managers, and the entire staff. During leadership training at Hamburger University in Oakbrook Illinois, I was awarded the Gold Hat Award for Leadership by my classmates. This honor is bestowed on one class member who personifies qualities of leadership and character.
As a member of the Ohio State University Extension Office in Medina, I will contribute my experience, dedication, and skills in planning, discovery, and continuous improvement to assist the community, businesses, and government in efforts that improve the quality of life in Medina County. I have lived, worked, volunteered, and raised my family in Medina County for over 30 years and I am a northeast Ohio native. This county is my home and community service is my passion. In the weeks and months to come, I am looking forward to digging in and contributing my skill, resourcefulness and energy to projects that will result in valuable outcomes for county residents. I invite you to join me! Please reach out to me with your ideas, challenges, and dreams! I can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on twitter @OSUXTBucKyle.
Kyle White is the County Extension Educator for Community Development in Medina County (Western Reserve EERA).