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COMMUNITY/NONPROFITS Vicky Weber: Senior Vice President of Business Relations and Marketing at Kosair Charities HOME LIFE Vicky is a native Louisvillian. She and Rick, her husband of 42 years, whom she calls a rock star, live in Jeffersontown. They have “two incredibly successful children and the four cutest grandkids ever” who call her Vivi. “I absolutely love my grandmother name,” she says. “It’s so fun!” IT’S BEEN GREAT Vicky spent the bulk of her working life in government and community development, during which time she rose from being “the Queen of Typing” in the Jefferson County judge’s office to serving as president of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce for more than 13 years. She never thought she’d end up working for a nonprofit organization. “I loved my job at the Chamber,” she says. “But when I got the call from Kosair Charities' president Randy Coe to come aboard eight years ago, I walked out the door and said, ‘It’s been great.’ There’s no better way for me to finish my career than by helping kids, so I’m going to end it on a high note.”

can run circles around me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what their futures bring.” MOVING FORWARD Vicky says she doesn’t believe in standing still or resting on one’s laurels. “I’m a huge proponent of change. In fact, I believe that if something is not broken, you change it anyway. In marketing especially, you always have to step outside of the box and look at things from a different perspective.” Shaking things up can sometimes ruffle people’s feathers, but Vicky has learned that respectful dialogue is the best way to approach differences of opinion. “That’s very important in my job. I don’t always agree, but I always agree to disagree agreeably.”

I have fun “watching the team I put together grow, mature, and become the next generation of leaders.

HAVING FUN To Vicky, having fun is synonymous with being good at what she does. “If I’m not having fun, then you’re not getting out of me what you hired me to do. I have fun now with our events and with creating new and different ways to attract donors to help Kosair Kids. I have fun watching the team I put together grow, mature, and become the next generation of leaders. And I get to go to work and feel that maybe just one child was helped because I was there. I’ve met so many children with special needs who have transcended great obstacles. Knowing that Kosair Charities was a pivotal part of that — that’s when you realize you’ve landed in a great place.” TEAM PLAYER You wouldn’t know it now, but Vicky wasn’t always so self-assured. “I used to second-guess myself,” she says. “Leadership roles were difficult for me in the beginning, but by the time I got to the Chamber, I realized that I can make good, solid decisions and put together a great team. Now at Kosair Charities I have a team of young women who

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LOOKING AHEAD Vicky doesn’t know exactly what she’ll do when she retires, but she knows that she’ll keep busy. “I believe in giving back, so when I retire, I will not be sitting in a chair,” she says. “I’ll be the best volunteer ever.” She also looks forward to spending more time doing things together with her family. “My husband and I love to walk, and we love having sleepovers with all four grandkids. They jump on pillows and just destroy the house — it’s great! And I’m blessed to have eight of my nine brothers and sisters still alive, so I get to go see them, too.” Vicky loves to read, write, and do yoga, but she is helpless in the kitchen. “I’m not a very domestic person. I can’t cook worth a darn. I can’t even boil water. My husband has always done all of the cooking, and he’s a really great chef.”

ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN There have been several important women in Vicky’s life who have served as role models and mentors, and she believes in paying it forward. “I’m happy that I’ve been able to mentor a lot of women in my career,” she says. “We might have broken through that glass ceiling, but there are still fragments everywhere that need to be picked up. But women are great leaders, and I think men are starting to see and accept that. And those of us who have that drive and perseverance and passion will make it even better for other women who will follow.”

ALL IN THE FAMILY Work-life balance is not really something Vicky struggles with, she says. “I do step back, but don’t think for a minute that I’m not checking my email or text every 10 minutes no matter where I am. It means so much to me that I’m available 24/7, especially if it’s to help a child. But it’s not a hardship for me because I have great support at home.” In fact, being involved in Kosair Charities is a tradition in the Weber family. “My husband is usually there helping out when we have an event, or I’ll grab my grandchildren and say, ‘Come on, you’re volunteering today.’”

Today's Woman June 2016  

Announcing the 2016 Most Admired Woman winners! Their interests and talents are as varied as their professions. We were really impressed wit...

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Announcing the 2016 Most Admired Woman winners! Their interests and talents are as varied as their professions. We were really impressed wit...