Kathryn Dankovich

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I have snorkeled at the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafted in Chile, sailed for a week in Maine, and backpacked through Europe. I participated in a 10-year FDA study for implanted contact lenses.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Happenstance.  Life is a journey, and my career path was made along the way. I was the valedictorian of my graduating class, strengths in math and science, but extremely squeamish.  Initially, I attended GMI for industrial engineering.  Since I had to fund my own college, I went to work for Michigan Bell as a service representative; they offered tuition reimbursement.  Worked full time, attended classes at night so a Business Administration program worked well for that.  Passed the CPA exam and later obtained my master’s degree.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Resilience, gratitude, hope.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Somehow, someway, with a lot of incredible friends, I survived single parenthood, and the world has two incredible people at its service, Elizabeth and Annie.  They are kind, bright, thoughtful, purposeful individuals.  God blessed my family with many outstanding, caring people.  My daughters are my pride and joy.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Making a difference to IDS’ current and long-term success by identifying opportunities and responding to them.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Travel – anywhere.  Annie has a life goal of visiting all the US National Parks so that has been a driving force of destinations.  I also love to spend time along Lake Michigan.  Elizabeth lives in NYC, so I like to visit her, and I have lifelong friends that live in Phoenix, Chicago, and St. Louis who I visit as often as possible.
    • Walking my dog
    • Tennis
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Home projects, baking, gardening
    • Cards, puzzles, game nights
  1. What motivates you?
    • Helping others, contributing.  Being valued.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • To retire with a purpose.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  – Oscar Wilde