Emerging Leaders Member Spotlight: LaVell D. Monger

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Meet LaVell D. Monger, Vice Chair of Heart of Florida United Way’s Emerging Leaders Impact group. LaVell is the Director of Business Development & Outreach of RTW Photography and is committed to driving positive change in his community and beyond. He has recently been accepted as 1 of 6 to represent Central Florida in the Leadership Florida Connect Class Program, Class 13. He hopes to inspire others through this opportunity. Continue reading to get to know more about LaVell. 

Q: When did you join Emerging Leaders? 

 A: I Joined Emerging Leaders in 2022.  

Q: What inspires you as a leader?  

A: As a leader, what inspires me the most is the incredible potential within every individual to   create positive change and make a lasting impact. Witnessing the growth and development of the people around me, empowering them to reach their full potential, and seeing their achievements fuels my passion for leadership.  

I am inspired by the collaborative spirit that emerges when diverse minds come together, fostering innovation and creative problem-solving. Moreover, the opportunity to serve as a role model, leading by example and encouraging others to embrace their unique strengths, motivates me to continuously strive for excellence. Ultimately, it is the collective journey towards a shared vision that ignites my dedication to lead with empathy, integrity, and a deep sense of purpose. 

Q: What’s your favorite part of being in Emerging Leaders?   

A: My favorite part of being in Heart of Florida United Way Emerging Leaders is the profound sense of community and purpose that permeates every aspect of our engagement. As a member, I am surrounded by like-driven individuals who are passionate about making a meaningful difference in our local community.  

The opportunity to collaborate with diverse professionals from various industries, each bringing their unique skills and perspectives to the table, is incredibly inspiring and enriching. Being part of this dynamic network allows me to participate in impactful projects and volunteer initiatives that directly address pressing social issues, fostering positive change and leaving a lasting legacy.  

Moreover, the support and mentorship provided within the Emerging Leaders program empowers me to grow both personally and professionally, reinforcing my commitment to creating a brighter, more equitable future for those we serve. 

Q: What’s been your favorite Emerging Leaders event/experience and why?  

A: My most cherished experience as an emerging leader has been the joy of connecting with fellow young professionals through volunteering. Sharing laughter and jokes while engaging in meaningful deeds with like-minded, driven individuals fills me with excitement and fulfillment. The bond formed during these moments of giving back is unparalleled, and it reinforces my passion for making a positive impact in the community alongside inspiring peers. 

Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind?  

A: The ultimate rejuvenating experience for me is engaging in distance running. There’s an unparalleled sense of liberation as each step propels me forward, leaving behind the stress and worries of everyday life. It’s more than just a physical activity; it’s a meditative journey that allows me to connect with myself on a deeper level. 

As I embrace the rhythm of my breath and the rhythm of my stride, I feel an incredible release of endorphins that uplift my spirits and energize my soul. The scenic routes and changing landscapes add to the allure, making each run a unique adventure. Whether it’s the early morning tranquility or the awe-inspiring sunset vistas, distance running offers me a precious escape, recharging my mind, body, and spirit, leaving me with a renewed sense of clarity and invigoration. 

Q: What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever received? 

A: The most profound advice I’ve ever been given is to “give more of what you want.” This simple yet powerful guidance has become a guiding principle in my life. It encapsulates the idea that by demonstrating generosity, compassion, and understanding towards others, we attract those very qualities into our own lives. It serves as a reminder to be proactive in creating the reality we desire, by spreading positivity and kindness in our interactions with the world. Embracing this wisdom has not only enriched my relationships but has also opened doors to new opportunities and personal growth, making it an invaluable mantra that continuously inspires me to be the best version of myself. 

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