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Amy Vanderscheuren / Former director, Duluth Chamber of Commerce

Age: 33 Occupation: Former director of professional development for the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce; currently seeking a new employment opportunity. What do you actually do? Develop educational, leadership and networking programs; plan and ex...

Amy Vanderscheuren
Amy Vanderscheuren

Age: 33

Occupation: Former director of professional development for the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce; currently seeking a new employment opportunity.

What do you actually do? Develop educational, leadership and networking programs; plan and execute high-profile events; build solid relationships with members and stakeholders; recruit, coordinate and supervise volunteers; fundraise; write, edit and execute marketing campaigns.

Number of years in your job: 7 in former position.

Education: B.A. in English and philosophy from St. Mary's University of Minnesota; M.A. in humanities with focuses in English literature and political philosophy from the University of Dallas

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Family: I am one of four children and an aunt to three nieces.

Community involvement: Lighthouse for the Blind's Twin Ports News on the Radio; Junior Achievement; Duluth-Superior Eco Rotary; Memorial Blood Centers; Dale Carnegie graduate and teaching assistant; MPR supporter; MDA supporter; Chamber Ambassador

What brought you to Duluth?

I moved to Duluth upon completing my master's degree to be closer to my family, but figured I'd move to the next adventure (and city) in the spring. Next thing I knew, five years had passed and I'd purchased a house. Upon that realization, I knew Duluth was my home.

Describe your best mentor.

I have always been inspired by my older brother Mike, who is an incredibly intelligent, driven and talented individual; I've learned the value of risk taking and virtue of hard work.

What do you do for entertainment?

I read. A lot. I also enjoy entertaining guests in my home, live music, film and art, baking, writing, walking and spending time with my family and friends.

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Describe a perfect day.

A perfect day is one that is not dictated by a schedule or an agenda.

What do you think Duluth needs?

Duluth is a phenomenal city with a sophisticated health care system, strong educational institutions and a thriving business community. As a community, we need to celebrate the positive things in our community and work to effect change that will strengthen the area and improve the quality of life for everyone.

What motivates you in your job?

I am motivated to bring value to any organization for which I serve.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I see myself living in Duluth, working in a job that challenges me intellectually and creatively, and provides me the opportunity to make a positive difference in the community.

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What advice would you give other young people hoping to build a career in Duluth?

Even if the first job you land is not your dream job, learn how you can use the experience you are building to earn the job you are ultimately seeking.

What are you most proud of having accomplished?

I am proud of and thankful for the solid relationships I have cultivated over the past seven years.

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