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"I was first introduced to Room & Board when I lived in Denver for a short time and I was hooked. I loved the mid-century and modern designs. I then had an opportunity to live in New York City and quickly discovered I was near the Soho store. When I returned to Denver the first place I thought of was Room & Board."
The timing of Brooke's move to Denver couldn't have been better since a leadership role had just opened on the team—thanks to her diverse background, experience as a leader, passion for design and her passion around customer engagement, the role was a fit. "Personality and design-wise, the job seems to be a great match—I really like to put things together for people and help find solutions."
For Brooke learning about Room & Board's strong community support was an added benefit. "I was already in love with the company and then I started hearing about the various programs and our unique take around community giving. It was like icing on the cake."
For Denver this innovative approach centers around Room & Board's Community Partnership Program and a local non-profit that helps young people overcome homelessness and other challenges. The Community Partnership Program grew from the idea that individual giving is just as important as companywide partnerships. "It is so amazing to get to know these kids and see firsthand what they are going through. The last time I was at the center everyone was celebrating because two kids had just found jobs. It was so inspiring."
Brooke's enthusiasm for community giving runs deep. She grew up in a family of dentists and for as long as she can remember they have been making regular treks to a number of orphanages in Central America to provide dental work. She has also spent time working in Africa with families living with AIDS. "For me, my career at Room & Board is like falling into your passions. I get to work around design all day and also where my heart lies. It was like it was meant to be."