Oct 2, 2017
Kelly Chopus is an instigator of connection and change. She
is CEO of the Robins Foundation, a family foundation that seeks to
lead transformational change for children and families in greater
Richmond, Virginia. Kelly has had an extensive career in
philanthropy, community engagement, corporate communications,
community building and professional and amateur sports
management. She previously served as Director of Community
Relations for the Goodrich Corporation and directed operations for
the Goodrich Foundation. She was Vice President for Business
Operations of the WNBA Charlotte Sting and an associate producer of
the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.
She is a graduate of Colby College.
This episode is
perfect for anyone interested in the rewards and challenges of
foundation-led philanthropy and a life of taking risk for the
IN THIS EPISODE
- Kelly explains the strategic focus of the Robins
Foundation and her approach to community engagement and
- She shares what the ghost of Christmas future
has to do with her work.
- She describes the city of Richmond and what she thinks
Richmond thinks of itself.
- She talks about how she sees her role, what
keeps her up at night, what she does well and
what she could do better.
- Kelly shares the personality traits that define
her and how her mind works to see what
others may not be seeing.
- She reveals what she is most proud of in her
work, what she looks for in the people she hires, and what
she hopes to accomplish in the years ahead.
- She talks about the challenge at the heart of
philanthropy and the most important change that
must be made.
- Kelly shares the personal burdens and rewards
of her current work.
- She reflects on growing up in Connecticut and the
origins of her mission-based consciousness.
- She describes Salt Lake City and what about
Utah she carries with her.
- She talks about the Winter Olympics, the WNBA and a key
lesson she learned in sports management.
- She shares a powerful memory from her time at
the Goodrich Corporation and how it impacts her today.
- Kelly reveals what motivates her, the
crossroads she is facing, and the most important
thing in life she teaches her children.
After the conversation,
host Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "When I
listen to Kelly talk about being an instigator of change and the
love of community that drives her work, I think about the stories
of Edell Quinn and Nate Bartlett..."
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