Qaya Thompson, Development Research Manager, The Cleveland Orchestra
What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing it?
When I was a child I always wanted to be a lawyer. I would watch L.A. Law with my grandparents and I always loved to argue. Even though I didn’t become a lawyer, my sister did!
Do you have any side hustles?
I work on the weekends as a Crisis Assistant at Counseling Center in Wooster, OH. I like helping people and it is an opportunity to give back to the community.
When/where was your first Apra conference?
My first APRA Conference was Anaheim, CA in 2010. It was really exciting to be in California for the 1st time. I still remember that the weather was PERFECT and I met some wonderful people. It started my love for the conference and eventually I started doing presentations for them.
If you were so wealthy you didn’t need to work, what would you do with your time?
I would most likely still do what I do because I love it. I would probably do it part-time or as a consultant so I had time to travel and relax. I think work would be more fun if you can take the necessity out of it.
Would you rather have a personal chef, personal housekeeper, or personal chauffeur?
Personal Chauffeur definitely! I absolutely hate driving with every fiber of my being and would probably go more places and do more things if I did not have to drive.