Emmy Ball

Emmy BallAge: 36

Occupation: Controller, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

What are your greatest professional achievements: Helping to implement new systems as our organization grows, including a software conversion from our three programs managing grants, contributions and accounting separately to one integrated system that does it all, also allowing for online access to our clients.

Who are your mentors: Jean Brenneman (chief financial officer, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation) and Karla Twedt-Ball (senior vice president, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation)

Best advice you ever received: The best things in life aren’t things.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you: I usually have much stronger opinions than I let on.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career: It’s important for me to like the people with whom I work.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life: I make the time with my family a priority.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace: We want to do something that matters.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support: There are so many things I would want to give to – a few include environmental advocacy; fresh, local food access to all; disaster recovery; and international poverty relief.

What is your biggest passion: Environmental sustainability – I have a broad interest in the environment including climate change, renewable and efficient energy-use, local and organic foods, and composting and recycling.