We are happy to announce our newest Philanthropy Ohio staff member, Kaylin Bittner, who joined the team last month. Kaylin is the director of programs & learning and is leading the development and delivery of e-learning programs that reflect our strategic framework and workplan. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team and are happy to have her expertise at this critical time. Read more about Kaylin below and help us welcome her!
Name & Title:
Kaylin Bittner, Director, Programs & Learning
Best advice I ever received:
"Things do not have to be perfect to be wonderful." I love this piece of advice because it can apply to almost every facet of life and reminds me to focus on all the things that are positive about a situation, place, experience or person. Perspective is powerful, and I can always choose to look at something from an alternate angle.
How my career path prepared me for this role:
The path that my career has taken, while unconventional, has prepared me for this unique opportunity with Philanthropy Ohio. The first five years of my professional life, I was a high school social studies teacher. Since 2017, I have worked for the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services as a training officer and as a full-stack engineer for a learning platform based in Berlin, Germany. This role allows me to leverage my diverse work experience in education and technology for the advancement of a wonderful organization.
Three goals for the next 12 months:
In the next 12 months, I would like to learn as much as I can about the philanthropic community in Ohio. As this is a new field for me, I am excited to learn from my colleagues, immerse myself in the Philanthropy Ohio culture and network within the community.
What I do when I’m not at work:
When I am not at work, I am usually playing soccer, building web services with friends, traveling or taking a class to learn something new. Most recently, I attended a Saturday Webinar on Jane Addams hosted by Teaching American History.
What I’m reading:
Currently, I am reading The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan and Sex & World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson.
Who I’m following on Twitter or blogs/podcasts I subscribe to:
I really enjoy The Inquiry by the BBC.
To contact Kaylin or anyone on our staff, please visit philanthropyohio.org/meet-staff.
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