E!C's Rising Star Profile: Michelle Epps
Michelle Epps has lived in Cleveland her entire life, and fully appreciates what the city has to offer for young professional development. In addition to her full time career as an Office Administrator and Education Director at Cleveland’s artist-run, alternative space gallery SPACES, Michelle is also a part of several young professional organizations. These include YNPN Cleveland, Cleveland EMP, and the Magnolia Clubhouse Junior Board. “Community matters,” Michelle says about her involvement with young professional organizations, “If I can help connect people to each other or become a resource for them I feel I am doing my part to help build the community.” She believes that the numerous opportunities to get involved with the community can help young professionals (YPs) feel connected through common interests.
With the plethora of involvement options however, Michelle advises YPs to recognize their limits and avoid stretching themselves too thin. She states, “Learn to say ‘no.’ It is easy to get swept away with all the wonderful things going on in the city, but it also really easy to burn yourself out. Make sure you have enough time for yourself to recuperate and regain your focus.”
Michelle reminds us that there is more to being a young professional in Cleveland than the work-day, especially when she reminisces about her favorite Cleveland memory: “It was a recurring family trip that happened around Christmas time every year, as a holiday treat my parents would take us down to Tower City to see the window displays of Higbees, grab a hot chocolate from the McDonald's in the food court, and then we would walk around Public Square and look at all the Christmas lights.” In the midst of successfully developing her professional career, Michelle certainly doesn't miss out on the community and beauty of Cleveland.