20 Under 40: Suzie Gilbert
Photo by Nathan Ham
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Broadcasting, Northwest Missouri State University
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
3 Words: Thoughtful Loyal Passionate
Role Model: My best friend because she’s self-aware, leads by example, and I’m in awe of her work-life balance.
Best Advice Received: “Adjust your expectations.” Advice on happiness from my mom.
Superpower: I’m intuitive and can easily connect with people.
Accomplishments Most Proud Of:
Personal: I have cultivated the greatest group of friends.
Career:I’m proud to have landed a career that makes full use of my talents.
At this point in your life, what do you know for sure? The airplane rule: Before you can take care of anyone else, you must take care of yourself.
“Suzie is trustworthy, bright, creative, perceptive, has great attention to detail, and shows maturity and professionalism well beyond her 27 years. She leads with a caring spirit and positive energy that makes others want to join her cause. And she has a passion for helping others, whether they are coworkers, community partners, or not-for-profit organizations.” - Michael P. Kiley, Security Benefit Corporation
“Suzie is quick to research, inquire, and learn about the topics or situations at hand. She keeps an open mind, listening to and understanding varying points of view on complex or sometimes controversial issues before making her decision. At that time, she speaks her mind in a poised, professional manner.” - Karla Clem, Polo Custom Products, A Division of M-C Industries, Inc. & YWCA Northeast Kansas