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Service Member of the Month Spotlight: Morgan Kastner

Posted By Amy Cimo, Community Coffee Company, Thursday, March 28, 2019

As one of Forum 35’s core pillars, Service is important to us. We’re dedicated to giving back and improving Baton Rouge through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Each month, we feature an actively involved Service Committee member who goes above and beyond and is committed to making a larger impact on our community.

 

This month we’re so happy to introduce Morgan Kastner, of Baton Rouge Area Chamber. Morgan is not new to Forum 35 and has held various roles within the organization since she became involved. She is now stepping up into a leadership position as Vice President of Service for the 2019-2020 term. Keep reading to learn more about Morgan.

 

 

How long have you been a member of Forum 35?

 
I have been a Forum 35 member since the summer of 2016. I started out just attending socials and service events here and there until I worked up the nerve to take on my first leadership role as the chair of Forum Friday in 2018.

 

How did you hear about Forum 35?

 

I am good friends with Melissa Thompson, Forum 35 Board Member, and she encouraged me to join so I could better build my connections in the community, further develop my leadership skills, and just have some fun.

Why did you choose to get involved with the Forum 35 Service committee?

 

After serving in various roles within Forum 35's Leadership Pillar, I wanted to change course and familiarize myself with other aspects of Forum's work.

Through its volunteer efforts, the service committee makes immediate changes in the community, whether that be through assisting at the food bank, serving lunches at St. Vincent de Paul or helping with school revitalization projects. I was drawn to how impactful this group can be, and so my involvement with the service committee began.


What has been your favorite thing about Forum since joining?

 

 I love that a group of young professionals can all come together for a common cause to make a better community. We truly are a group that wants what is best for Baton Rouge and to see everyone's dedication to our community is inspiring.

 

Where is your hometown and how did you end up in Baton Rouge?  

 

 Born in Baton Rouge, moved to Covington for elementary and middle school, then ended up in Denham Springs, and now I'm back in Baton Rouge.

To be honest, I had always imagined leaving Baton Rouge because I thought opportunities didn't exist here, and I couldn't have been more wrong. After becoming involved with Forum 35 and working at BRAC, I saw endless opportunities. And better yet, our community rallies behind good ideas. You don't have to be a C-suite executive to make something happen in this town. You just need an idea and the ambition to see it through.
 

 

What's your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?

 

 The redevelopment efforts happening all around the parish. They are being led through collaborations between businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and our government officials. I love seeing people from all walks of life coming together to make our city better.

 

Tell us a little about your profession and what you do.

 

I am the Marking Manager at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, an investor-driven organization leading economic development in the nine-parish Capital Region. 

In my day-to-day I perform many different tasks, but the overall goal is to showcase the Baton Rouge Area as a great place to live, work and play.


Do you have any hobbies?

 

 I usually consider community service my hobby. I like to be part of a team, planning and executing ideas that better our community. When I'm not helping with Forum 35, you can catch me volunteering with TEDxLSU as a speaker coach and executive team member.

I am also a huge supporter of the arts, specifically theatre. I enjoy acting in plays, and lending my hand behind the scenes when I can. I most recently joined Red Magnolia Theatre Company's fundraising committee.

 

What are you most looking forward to while being a VP of Service for Forum 35?  (Or what do you hope to gain/accomplish by being VP of Service for Forum 35?)

 

As VP of Service, I am looking forward to forging new partnerships between Forum 35 and other service organizations in the community. I want to double (or triple!) our impact through collaboration.

 

 

 

 

Want to get involved? Visit Forum35.org for membership options and corporate sponsorships. For more information on Forum 35’s service events and volunteer opportunities, contact service@forum35.org.


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