With a number of seats open on the BIFF Board of Directors, an effort to find fresh additions to the roster has begun. The board recently made the unanimous decision to bring one of the MVPs of BIFF 2021 into the fold. Here, with a bio and a few thoughts for you to consider as you get to know our newest board acquisition, Lindsay Mitchell:
My name is Lindsay Mitchell, and I am about to be 42 years old. I have two children, Oliver, who is four, and Maggie, who is ten. I have lived in Beloit since 2019, but I have worked in Beloit since 2014, when I was hired at Comply365 to work in their accounting department. I have lived in the area (Rockford, South Beloit) since 2004.
My professional background is widely varied, and I am unencumbered by a college degree. I have worked in food service, retail, animal care and adoption, hospitality, in-flight service, healthcare, administrative work, and now finance. As a pandemic project, I have begun to teach myself software development as well, with a goal of being employable in that capacity about a year from now, so perhaps another change is coming.
The skills I can offer are equally varied. I have experience planning and hosting events. I am at ease with public speaking, in conversation with all kinds of people, and I am an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing. I am handy with a variety of types of technology and am comfortable with change. I am hard-working, punctual, reliable, and thorough. I am happy to help wherever needed, and I am level-headed in a crisis.
Although I have only been involved with BIFF for a short time, I have found the work extremely enjoyable, and the community of people involved to be warm and welcoming. I look forward to working the aspects of this year’s festival that were very successful into future festivals to broaden the reach of BIFF, and to appeal to a younger, more technologically minded audience.
I am honored to be considered for a position on the Beloit Film Festival’s Board of Directors. We have a real opportunity here to grow BIFF and draw in fresh ideas with a global perspective. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.
Suffice it to say, BIFF is already a great festival. But we can do more. BIFF can, and will, become even better than it is right now. It will take patience and wits and a willingness to continue to learn from all of the bright people who are leading the charge toward turning Beloit into a shining city on a rockin’ river.
I am proud to serve you as the leader of your festival. I will always be thankful to you for affording me the privilege to helm one of Beloit’s finest arts organizations. I will do my level best to live up to your trust.
So, as Ron mentioned at the top of the issue: Here we go again! It’s a whole new year. It’s Junior year. I’m a little smarter. And I’m going to try to make the honor roll!