Engage! Cleveland's Rising Star: Amanda Maggiotto
By: Annie Morino
As a child, did you ever have a dream to save the world when you grew up? You may have considered becoming a firefighter, Peace Corps Volunteer or even President, but what about Research Supervisor at the Department of Hematologic Malignancies and Blood Disorders?
This week’s Engage! Cleveland’s Rising Star feature is Amanda Maggiotto, and that is her job title at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. We think it is pretty amazing that Amanda works to save lives every day, but that is not the only thing on her resume that will impress you. We had the pleasure of interviewing her about the fantastic work she does all over town.
Amanda’s work does not end when she takes off her lab coat. As the co-chair of the Service/Volunteer Committee of the Group of Aspiring Leaders (GOAL) organization at the Clinic, she works to engage GOAL members in planning monthly service events in the community as well as development and leadership trainings so the group will be more effective when they serve others. Amanda is also the Clinic’s team captain for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk. Last year the group raised $40,000 for cancer research and patient services for people right here in Northeast Ohio.
Although Amanda’s work at the Clinic is important to her, she has found time to fulfill another passion. As the co-chair of the Providence House PHriends Executive Committee, Amanda states, “The PHriends Executive Committee is Providence House's (PH) young professional group. Our goal is to advocate for PH and its mission as well as fundraising and friend-raising among young professionals.” Providence House is a one- of-a-kind crisis nursery, home to children (ages newborn-10) whose families are in crisis. An alternative to foster care, Providence House provides 24-hour care to children while their staff works with their families to get them back on their feet.
Amanda chose to make Cleveland home after graduating from John Carroll University nine years ago. She writes, “I decided to stay after college and build my life here—3 hours from my family [in Buffalo, NY] because I believe it’s a special place!” Amanda believes that one of the things that makes this city so special is its army of creative and resourceful young professionals. “The young professionals exhibit an incredible amount of energy; it’s easy to get excited about the progress we are making” she says.
Amanda’s life motto is a quote from Sydney J. Harris that encourages us to act when uncertainty might otherwise paralyze us: “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” It speaks well to how our Rising Star has already chosen to spend her time. Whether she is enjoying a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie or is dining at one of her favorite West Side restaurants, it doesn’t seem likely that Amanda is paralyzed by anything very often. It’s an attitude that is contagious, and that is why Amanda is our Engage! Cleveland Rising Star!
If you know a young professional doing amazing things for Cleveland, consider nominating him or her as an Engage! Cleveland Rising Star. Interested readers should contact Engage! Cleveland and nominate their colleagues by sending us an email at Amanda@engagecleveland.com.