One Sunday evening early in June I drove to Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Unilever's headquarters to prep for a presentation the next day. At the end of each year in my rotational program, I present on the work that I've done and get the opportunity for visibility+evaluation by leadership. It's a pretty high stress environment -- though it shouldn't be -- simply because there are 20 of us in my year who all feel compared against each other. My friends and I (plus all of our other peers in other locations) spent weeks making our presentations and practicing in front of managers. I was glad to be on the schedule for Monday morning (get it over early!) and when it was over I had the next two days for networking events, training, and hanging out with my program class. And, of course, anxiously awaiting feedback from my presentation. Tuesday night when everyone had finished presenting we went on a harbor cruise around NYC... so yay for work perks.
After a nail-biting two weeks, I heard the results of my presentation and my next step. I had the opportunity to give input on my next rotation and had done lots of research on various locations and distances to church, the factory profile, type of role, product group, leadership, etc. One of the options I was considering was in southern Missouri, and the Silver Lining notices about St. Louis church kept coming to mind. I was contemplating where I'm at in life and asking myself if now was a time where I could be spiritually supporting a small church vs. having a close peer support group (eg SG), which is all I've ever known. The night before I found out, I just prayed that if I was meant to go to St. Louis then God would make that happen.
So here we are... the answer was yes. I received an assignment to be a production supervisor at our ice cream plant in Sikeston, Missouri. I will be supervising a line crew from Oct 2016 - Oct 2017 and I'll attend St. Louis church, which is about two hours north. Sikeston is 1098.8 miles away from Shelton and my Rockville home this last year, so yes when I found out there was some sadness because I'm leaving and starting over; but I'm glad too, for the opportunity and experience and adventure. I've made a lot of really great friends this year that I am going to miss so much, but I am at peace with this direction (and hoping for visits!).
In Sikeston we're going to be making most of our novelty ice cream for the eastern half of the US: Magnum, Breyer's, Popsicle, Good Humor, Klondike. An exciting development while I'm there is that we are beginning to make our Talenti gelato in Sikeston as well. If you haven't had Talenti, it is delicious -- especially the sea salt caramel Talenti pops. I would recommend even if I didn't work for Unilever!
So this makes my summer quite a bit more exciting as I savor my last month and a half on the east coast and plan for a mid-September move. I will be two hours from St. Louis, two hours from Nashville, and two hours ish from Memphis... Friends, get ready to come visit and eat some great southern food and of course ice cream!
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.