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20 Questions: the Redux

Thu, February 09, 2023 2:48 PM | Anonymous

Since we have a brand new board, we've decided to resurrect this series so you can get to know us a little better. Today's post is with Lilly Suwinski, Prospect Research and Development Associate at Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Apra-IL's Secretary.

  1. What is the superpower that you use often at work?

    I always have some excellent snacks available at any moment (in my desk drawer).

  2. What is one thing Apra has done for you?

    Networking! Getting to know more people and expanding my professional network.

  3. If the annual Apra International conference could be anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?

    Australia! Somewhere I would like to visit but isn’t on my personal travel list for the next few years, so I would love a work trip to there.

  4. How do you explain your role to people outside of Development?

    Lots of research on current and potential donors as well as reviewing data pertaining to our fundraising team to ensure we are working efficiently and effectively.

  5. If you were not in Prospect Research, what career would you have?

    Realistically, probably business operations. Unrealistically, paint murals in peoples homes!

  6. If you could tell your 15-year-old self about your job, what would you say?

    It isn’t creative in the sense you think you want it to be, and that is ok. Trust me, it is fun and challenging!

  7. Why did you join the Apra-Illinois board?

    To learn more about the Prospect Research landscape in Illinois and beyond and learn from others.

  8. Why do you think Apra-Illinois and all of the local Apra chapters matter?

    I think connecting with other people is almost always a good idea, and this collection of dedicated professionals in a niche career is awesome. Being able to learn about the hurdles that someone in the cultural arts area is going to be different from my background in healthcare, so I appreciate the sense of community.

  9. What is your #1 productivity tip?

    Making lists! Secondly, I swear by my Calm subscription to help me stay on task.

  10. Best advice ever received?

    If someone is going through a difficult experience and they share it with you, ask if they want support or solutions.
  11. If you wrote a book about prospect development what would it be called?

    “Leveraging Data + Fundraiser Relationships: A Guide to Prospect Development”
  12. If you wrote a memoir on your life, what would it be called?

    “My Colorful Life – A Collection of Short Stories”

  13. What book are you reading right now?

    “Where the Forest Meets the Sky” by Glendy Vanderah.

  14. Currently, what is your favorite restaurant in your city?

    Q Sushi, up in the Ravenswood area of Chicago.

  15. What is your favorite social platform to connect with people?


  16. What is the last movie you watched?

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

  17. If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

    My maternal Grandmother. She passed away when my Mom was very young, and I would love to meet her and tell her how fabulous her daughter (my mom) is.

  18. What is your hobby?

    I love to create. Painting and making jewelry are a huge part of that.

  19. Are you a texter or a caller?

    Depends on the person, but caller.

  20. Who or what inspires you?

    Being outside, sunshine, and lots of colorful flowers.

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