Get to Know the Team: Anne!

Anne Chamberlain

To kick off 2015, we'll be featuring one member of the Floricane team on our blog each week, using a questionnaire that really asks the tough questions.

This week, Anne Chamberlain! One of our consultants, Anne is a star facilitator and is known for bringing a huge amount of energy to big groups. One of just a few extroverts on the team, we rely on Anne to bring out our collaborative sides! Let's see how she responded to the Q&A:

Do you want to rock n’ roll all night or party everyday?  
Party every day. If by that you mean play, create, laugh and relax with amazing people. I can’t pull all nighters any more, but I do still love good rock n’ roll.

Which President would you most like to have a drink with, past or present? 
How about future? I’d most like to have a drink with the first woman president.

If you were not doing this job you’re doing now, what job would you be working? 
I would be “working” in a job that doesn’t feel like work – which is what I’m so lucky to be doing now! My wise parents always encouraged me to follow my passion. While it’s true, this has led me to backpack through Australia, be a freelance photographer in Telluride, CO and facilitate high ropes courses in the treetops with a climbing harness – possibly not what my folks had in mind - it has also led me to pursue work with organizations, teams, and individuals that is aligned with the truest sense of myself. And my other ”job”, that I love equally as much, is raising two incredible children to follow their passions and be the most authentic version of themselves.

Pie or Cake or Neither?
Pie. Unless the cake is a decadent dark chocolate, and then I’d have to go with cake.

Do you have a favorite Sharpie color?
I don’t have a favorite Sharpie color, but I have a favorite set of Sharpie markers – the Chisel Tips.

Your favorite place for dinner?
A flat rock on the James River reachable only by kayak. Or Kuba Kuba for dinner or just the best tres leches cake and decaf in town.

Excluding your work a Floricane, who was your best boss, and why?
My best boss was the Director of Organizational Development & Training at UVA. I was fresh out of college – so “green” and inexperienced – and yet he had such a strong belief in me. He gave me projects that were just far enough over my head to be challenging but not overwhelming. And then he got out of the way to let me create, learn, take risks, collaborate, research, facilitate and thrive. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I learned a lot about leadership by watching him run the department with humor, humility and loads of skill.

What are three things you love about Richmond?
The James River, the eclectic, colorful, edgy vibe. And my Northside community – can’t imagine life without my village!

If we looked at your Facebook page, what might surprise us?
That I hardly ever use FB.

What’s next for you?
I don’t know, but that’s what’s exciting! I am perpetually open to new adventures…