Sagan Hunsaker Wheeler
Ivinson Memorial Hospital
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the relationships I have built both personally and professionally. The people in my life are absolutely the most important thing to me and I work to make sure that is evident in my actions. I hope that every interaction I have with my colleagues, fellow community members, and my family shows the appreciation I have for them and the role they play in my life, both personally and professionally.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
I just made a big career change from Higher Education to Healthcare Administration. My biggest career goal is to learn the industry and to contribute my talents and strengths to Ivinson Memorial Hospital as an organization. Within that goal, I hope to attract talented and driven individuals to this industry and to provide them with the resources to be successful in their career; to feel valued, challenged, and supported.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
In my previous role with the Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement Office at the University of Wyoming, I had the great opportunity to take part in philanthropy on a regular basis with students who were working to make a difference in their local and global community. I believe my biggest philanthropic achievement was serving as an advisor, resource, and mentor to students organizing fundraising and philanthropic events. Although I organized several fundraisers for service trips abroad, I believe providing the tools to students so that they could be the real change-makers was much greater of an achievement than any philanthropy work that I took part in as an individual.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
I was lucky enough to advise a student who had a small idea that grew; to thank our community through service. From its inception, the Big Event was no small task. We worked to organize 700+ volunteers, 100+ individual community members, tool distribution, risk management factors, and much more. The work that was put in each year to make the Big Event a success by incredible students, the City of Laramie, Downtown Laramie, University of Wyoming staff, myself, and so many others was, without a doubt, worth it to see the connections made with our Laramie community and our UW students. I feel so lucky to have been one of the founders of the Big Event at the University of Wyoming and know that it will continue to impact the lives of so many as it grows and changes over the years.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
So many things excite me about the future of Laramie! I think one of the best things about Laramie is the true feeling of community that is being built not just by our long-standing community members but by so many young professionals. People care about people and people care about Laramie. This feeling of community is so evident by the support that individuals get for their art, their music, their small business ventures, their volunteer events, and the list goes on. I am so grateful to be a part of this beautiful community and am honored to be a nominee for this recognition.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
The community of people I surround myself with has been one of the greatest contributors to my success. I have had fabulous mentors who have challenged me to grow as a young professional, asking the tough questions and supporting me through my set-backs and successes. I have also had the incredible chance to work with a supportive community of people who are innovative, supportive, and ridiculously hard-working. They have been such important resources to me in my career by offering up their time and talents for programs and initiatives, providing input and feedback in their areas of expertise, and inspiring me on a regular basis.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Speak up—young professionals have so much to offer their organization and community and can only do so if we are an active part of the conversation. Get involved! Whether you are volunteering for committees at work or within your own community, every opportunity for involvement allows you to learn more about your organization, your community, your colleagues, and yourself. Getting involved provides just one more opportunity to foster relationships with the people that can serve as mentors, resources, and friends. And finally, take risks—risks in your career are scary and the unknown is terrifying, but I honestly believe risks are the best way to learn about ourselves and to grow as a professional.