Jen Nettles, Senior Prospect Development Manager, American Cancer Society, Inc.
What was your first job?
My first full time job was being a housekeeper for retired nuns. It was like going to work with 80 grandmothers every day! As my first job I also underappreciated the amazing benefits I had working there that I now look back on and think WOW!
What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing it?
I wanted to be a dentist. I am definitely not doing that but I am ok with that!
How did you get into fundraising and/or prospect research?
You mean everyone doesn’t grow up wanting to go into the prospect development field? I worked in the alumni/development office while getting my degree. Then I followed a co-worker to help with a screening project they had just done and instead took over the prospect research role.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do or where you work?
I love feeling like I am helping the greater cause of the organization. Having a co-worker go out of their way to thank you for helping them is priceless.
When/where was your first Apra conference?
Vegas! I thought it was a great idea to do the New Researcher’s Symposium for a few days followed by the full conference right after. Talk about information overload!
What are you reading now?
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
What skill would you like to master?
I would love to be well versed in Lean Six Sigma.
Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I have no shame…my go to is for sure Celine Dion! Started at a young age and every once in a while I go back and just belt out the songs while driving alone (I pity anyone that actually has to hear me try to sing her songs).