Monday Morning Meet Your Leaders – Gwendolyn Love

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Gwendolyn O. Love
Executive Director
Lunch Break

  1. What is one of the most important qualities of a great leader?

There are several qualities I feel that are needed to make a great leader; however, what I’ve seen demonstrated and try to emulate (although I do fail from time to time) is to inspire others around you by showing PASSION for your cause and also for the work of those around you.  Everyone matters and when one’s work is shown passion and appreciation, we elevate and inspire others to do their best and to do more.

  1. How does your organization take our community to the next level?

Lunch Break takes our community to the next level by giving help and hope for those in need and by doing that it lifts everyone up. It’s our mission to provide help for today to those in need with food, clothing and referrals to address their most basic needs. We provide help for tomorrow through our mentorship programs for young boys and women, and employment and basic skills through our new Life Skills Program which we know will be transformational for those who are underemployed or returning to the workforce.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

In my limited “spare time” I love to hang out with my children and seven grandchildren.  We love to have “movie night” and pig out on junk food. I have a couple of girlfriends I meet for dinner every other month and occasionally I have the opportunity to see a play or concert – which I’d love to do more some day.

  1. What is your favorite food/recipe and why?

Unfortunately (and fortunately), my favorite foods are desserts: ice cream, apple pie and chocolate candy with nuts. If I have to pick REAL food, it’s Italian. I love spaghetti and other pasta dishes.

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