LYK: What do you do at StillPoint and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?
MKF: Piggy-backing off of yours, I’d say Chief Idea Officer. Beyond the usual accounting work, I can help business leaders generate ideas by listening to their struggles and experiences, and asking focused questions. I thrive on coming up with alternative ways to address issues and working through an iterative process to find something that moves the needle in a positive direction.
LYK: What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
MKF: My focus is centered on purposeful creation. I want to be purposeful in the creation of our firm’s processes, culture, dynamic – both internal and external. I want to be intentional about the services we provide and the clients we serve. I don’t want to stumble into our business but rather very intentionally choose each aspect.
LYK: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it?
MKF: I had an internship in college with a local business whose leader had spoken to a group I was involved with. I was so impressed with her speaking that I handed her my resume during the second session and asked to work with her. I learned we shouldn’t idolize people we don’t know – every moment of that internship was… not the experience I’d hoped for.
LYK: What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
MKF: This one. Creating this practice and partnership from… nothing. It’s such a rush to realize that this entire business is the result of just our hard work and one massive leap of faith.
LYK: If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
MKF: Construction. I’d love to be able to build things with my own hands. It’s not a talent I have and I would love to be able to bring something physically into existence with my own hands.
LYK: What’s a trip that changed you, and why?
MKF: It was a short trip but definitely impactful – I took an overnight backpacking trip and ended up on the edge of a tornado. It taught me I can do things that are scary and hard – even without knowing all the details beforehand. Prior to that I didn’t know if I could backpack 8 miles and set up my own tent, much less survive that kind of storm in that same tent.
LYK: What’s something you saw recently that made you smile?
MKF: My nine-year-old son reading to my five-year-old daughter and working with her to sound out the words herself. They aren’t always sweet to each other, but it was a nice moment.
LYK: What’s your guilty pleasure?
MKF: Asking for my husband to cook for me and then not helping. It’s usually a day where I’m tired or stressed and I’ll just sit on the counter while he cooks, and we talk. I have a hard time not helping – but to be cared for in that moment and connect with him is really what I need.
LYK: If you had to pick one age to be permanently, which age would you choose?
MKF: Not one that I have reached yet! Every year I learn more and grow into myself more.
LYK: Who would play you in a movie about your life?
MKF: This is very specific – the “You’ve Got Mail” era Meg Ryan.
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