LIFT Annual Report 2014: What Matters Most - Page 46

46 REAL STORIES Real Value: Marianna B. Marianna Bruton is a Management Consultant, LIFT-New York regional board member, and serves as an Advocate each week. “You’re not the center of the universe. It’s comforting, somehow, to be aware of that.” When Cindy Menz-Erb, LIFT-New York’s Executive Director, asked her to spearhead a strategic plan, Marianna’s response was swift and positive. “I come at problems with a bias toward results,” says Bruton, who draws on a long career as a consultant with Deloitte (as well as recent experience navigating the college admissions process with her three children), “but there’s also real value that isn’t always as measurable.” Bruton initially discovered LIFT on the website of one of its funders, the Robin Hood Foundation, and was gratified to be challenged by the demands of volunteerism. “It was a meaningful experience,” she says. “It wasn’t stuffing envelopes.” Recalling the preparation and focus necessary for a successful Member meeting, Bruton says, “I value LIFT’s approach to partnering with individuals. After a full day of Member meetings, I felt exhausted and exhilarated.” Much of her time as an Advocate was spent assisting Members in their job search, working on job applications and preparing for interviews, which gave her plenty of opportunity to get