Tell us about the volunteer work you do. I work closely with the Wow Center, a training center that supports and serves more than 200 adults with developmental disabilities. Some of the individuals at the Wow Center are truly my best friends. I am constantly thinking of ways to make them feel included, loved and like they not only belong in Miami but also make it better. I also have a soft spot for children who are dealing with an illness. I began volunteering at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital just before I started working at NBC and helped facilitate a grant used to build the in-hospital TV studio. It is where we now host an interactive game show for the children who are staying at the hospital.
What is your philanthropy philosophy? My philanthropic philosophy is centered around human connection and resource development for nonprofits. My platform gives me access to so many areas of our community, and so it’s my responsibility to give myself and my resources to all my philanthropic endeavors. I strive to make South Florida a more generous, compassionate and inclusive community and hope that leading by example with authenticity will make those around me passionate about the causes that I hold close to my heart. At the very least, I hope to inspire people to go out and find a charity that speaks to their purpose.
What is the most important lesson that 2020 has taught you? It was more a very strong reminder than a lesson, but 2020 has really shown me how important it is to constantly work on your mental health. Daily breathwork and meditation—while practicing how to be whole and grateful not only during the good times but the dark times too—have made all the difference for me and really kept me centered during the pandemic. Balance is very important to me, and 2020 has brought that to light.