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Q&A with Meghan O.| HR Generalist | 1 year with The Foundling

The Foundling offers dynamic, progressive and evidence-based services and programs to 30,000 children and families each year. What makes our programs so unique and successful are our dedicated and committed employees and staff. Get to know the people inside our organization by reading our blog each week as we highlight a new staff member.  We’ll ask them questions about their role at The Foundling, what their passions and hobbies are outside of the office, and recognize their achievements and accomplishments.


What are your major responsibilities at The Foundling?

My department’s main goal is to hire exceptional employees that will go above and beyond to serve children, families and individuals. As a Human Resources Generalist at the Foundling, my major responsibilities include recruiting and being our employee’s main point of contact for any issues and concern that they may have. The best part of my job is the ability to meet so many different people who are so inspired by what The Foundling does, and who want to become a part of our organization.


What inspires you most about working at The Foundling?

The Foundling serves so many different communities—from foster children to young moms to individuals with developmental disabilities. Simply knowing that in some small way, my involvement with how our clients are ultimately taken care of inspires me!


What has driven you to be where you are today?

My parents have driven me to be where I am today. They have always showed me unconditional support in whatever it was that I wanted to do. They have always told me to follow my heart and I will succeed, and I have to say so far they have been 100 percent right!


Who is your role model and what do you admire about them?

My role model is my mother. She is the well-oiled machine that keeps my family going. She is one of the most loving, caring, and humble people I have ever met. I hope one day that I can be half the mother and wife that my mom is to me, my father and brother.


If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have been fortunate enough throughout my life to travel to many beautiful places, both domestic and abroad. If I could take a trip anywhere in the world, I would want to go to Turks and Caicos. I have always wanted to go here, because it is an absolutely beautiful island and would be an amazing place to just relax and unwind. 


Tell us about the latest book you’re reading, or recently read?

I have recently finally finished “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. I have not allowed myself to see the movie because I was in the middle of the book. I am excited that I have finally finished it, simply for the fact that I can now watch the movie.


What is your spirit animal and why?

I would say that my spirit animal is a bear. Bears are playful and tough, as well as maternal and nurturing to their young. I believe I’m fun and can be tough when needed, and I am certainly the “mom” of my group of friends.


Want to learn about other Foundling staff?

You can meet some of our other employees on TheMuse.com.

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