Lindsey serves Shot@Life as our Communications Officer. In this role, she works to communicate the mission and passion of the Shot@Life team, as well as provide tools to our advocates. Before working with the United Nations Foundation, Lindsey served several nonprofit development organizations and mission-driven startups. Here is your chance to learn a little more about Lindsey and why she is so passionate about the work taking place at Shot@Life.
How long have you been with Shot@Life?
I joined the Shot@Life team in fall of 2017, so I’m still relatively “new” to the team and have been here eight months.
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
There are countless moments each week that remind me how happy I am to be a part of the Shot@Life team and the United Nations “family” as a whole. I’m surrounded by incredible people, making an impactful change in the world around us. If I had to highlight a few moments, I would say completing our Giving Tuesday campaign in the fall of 2017. I had very recently joined the team and was thrown head first into planning for this important celebration of online giving. To feel like we made it through and reached such a large audience with our message meant so much. I’ve also loved every interaction I’ve had with our Champions, from the summit to emails and phone calls, I am always in awe of their commitment to supporting Shot@Life and children around the world.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
So often people get caught up in the jargon of global health. There are countless acronyms, complicated coalition names, and endless scientific terms that get in the way of the message. Vaccines work; we have the science to support this. The more we can provide access to lifesaving vaccines around the world, the more children we can protect. It’s my job to make to help make this message as clear as possible.
What do you wish people knew about Shot@Life?
I wish even more people knew about Shot@Life and the impact we are making. Through our network of Champions we’ve helped protect over two-billion dollars in federal funding for global vaccine programs, and between 2012 and 2016 we were able to help deliver over 42 million vaccines for children through direct support of our UN partners.
What excites you most about your work?
I’m particularly excited by our work fighting polio and measles because these are both diseases that could disappear during our lifetime. Measles alone kills over 200 children every single day, but we know vaccines can change this. Just think of that impact!
What’s a fun fact about you that our champions may not know?
I love to bake. While I’m happy baking any sweet treat, I especially love getting creative each year with my daughter’s birthday cake. I owned a bakery in Missouri where we specialized in cupcakes, selling hundreds each day; we were even featured on season 17 of The Bachelor.