Amanda Badean recently joined Make-A-Wish Metro New York as the chapter’s Human Resources Manager. She is a graduate of Binghamton University and brings several years of human resources experience at Green Key Resources and UJA-Federation of New York. As January is a month of new beginnings, we wanted to introduce you to one of our newest team members.
Q. Why were you interested in working here?
The mission of Make-A-Wish is something that I believe in wholeheartedly. I’ve worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors and for me there’s an almost magnetic pull towards being part of an organization with such a worthwhile mission. The knowledge that the wishes we grant are part of the healing process for kids with critical illnesses is so motivating. I feel privileged to be here and to work with employees who are so dedicated to this mission.
Q. How does your role in Human Resources support the Make-A-Wish mission?
In order to grant these healing wishes, to raise more money, to grow our chapter, you need an empowered staff. As an HR professional I’ve always believed that the most important asset to an organization is their employees.
My role is to listen to our staff members to understand their challenges. Empowered employees are those who feel heard and who understand the value of their role and how it connects to every other role in the success of the organization and the mission.
So, I support the Make-A-Wish mission by supporting the people – whether by encouraging professional development, facilitating enhanced communications between teams or management levels, or helping with conflict resolution. Growth in those areas can only lead to growth in the organization. Progress is everything.
Q. What is the best thing about starting a new job?
A. Part of it is the excitement of the unknown. I’m excited to have the chance to learn about a new organization and to learn and grow. I always love a new challenge. This is the beginning of a whole new adventure.
Q. What is the worst thing about starting a new job?
A. You want to already know everything to do your job. You want to be able to dive right in but it takes time to get to know people and understand how processes are done. I wish I could fast forward a month so I’ve got that down. I also hate when I feel like I don’t know everyone yet. I try to do whatever I can to make that process go a little faster. I take every opportunity to get to know someone.
Q. What advice would you give someone whose life is changing, for better or for worse?
A. Focus on the good. One of the most powerful questions I have learned to ask myself when I’m facing a challenge is, “What else could this mean?” To try to learn as much as you can from it. Maybe question your patterns in the past about how you handled new beginnings because the past doesn’t dictate the future for you. Take it all in and try to grow as much as you can from it. Then you’ve won.