Tuesday, March 4, 2008

March Volunteer of the Month

Houston Heroes and Handbags is a little over three weeks away. The tables are bought, the handbags are still being donated, and decorations are being finalized. And in preparation for all the ladies to be seated at the brunch, Page Motes is ready to work. Page is our Reservations Chair for Houston Handbags, serving in her second year as this year. A working mom of two, Page still finds time to volunteer. As a working mom of only one, I find this fact amazing! Finding extra time to do a large part in a very large event isn't easy. And yet, Page doesn't complain. She works hard, and juggles her hectic schedule with such ease (or at least that's what it looks like to an outsider). I'm so proud to have her on our team!

Name, Age, Occupation:
Page Motes, 37, VP of Business Development for Gerson Lehrman Group

How did you get involved with HFC?
A friend of mine, Laura Macicek, invited me to an party to introduce Heroes for Children to the Houston area. I was incredibly moved by Jenny and Larissa’s stories and HFC’s mission. I felt it was not only an amazing organization, but I felt an instant connection with Jenny and Larissa and knew it was the place for me!

Do you have any kids and/or pets?
Two fantastic boys – Sutton, age 5 and Spencer, 8 mos. They’re the light of my life!

Favorite place to eat:
Less fancy – Cyclone Anaya’s (can’t live without queso, guacamole – oh and margaritas!)
Fancy – Bob’s Chop House (I’m a meat eater – what can I say???)

What’s on your book shelf?
A diverse selection – everything from “The McKinsey Way” (business/consulting book), “HOW” (which was recently written and released by my former CEO, and “What To Expect in the First Year” (to look up those weird baby illness symptoms) to the latest from Jennifer Weiner (she rocks!)

What’s in your iPod/CD changer?
I’m a HUGE music person with really diverse tastes. I’ve got old Depeche Mode and The Cure, Andrea Bocelli, The Black Eyed Peas, Vivaldi, and even some old school rock with the Scorpions!

Who’s your hero?
Although she’d never really believe it, it’s definitely my mother. She’s spent her entire life caring for others and often putting herself last. She’d tell me today to look out for myself more than she did, but I admire her uncontrollable urge to jump in and help make things better. She was a teacher for 36 years and just retired not too long ago. Her old students STILL look her up and tell her how much she changed their lives for the better. I only pray I could have a fraction of the effect on others that she does!