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Virginia McKay

Q: What is your specialty on the team?
A: I am the Lead Non-Technical Mentor. So I help with Business, Scouting, Outreach and Safety.

Q: How many years have you been involved?
A: I officially became a mentor during our Stronghold season (2015-2016), but I started helping out during our Recycle Rush season (2014-2015).

Q: How did you hear/start out on the team?
A: I heard about the team because I’m married to Kevin, one of the founding mentors.

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I work in Sales Distribution for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Q: What is your goal do or what do you hope to achieve with students?
A: When their time on Team 5401 is finished, I hope the students are better prepared to conquer challenges, solve problems, work well in a team environment, take on leadership roles and think outside the box. I also hope that my students on the Non-Technical Team will have learned to think like entrepreneurs– to think big, to be passionate about something, to always stay focused on their goals, to keep the hustle turned up to 11, to know that money shows up when they do, to always learn from their mistakes, and to never be afraid to challenge the status quo.

Q: What do you want your students you mentor to know/what life lessons do you want to teach?
A: I want them to know that with a little hard work, hustle and determination, anything is possible.  And the hustle is key. As Jon Acuff says, “Hustle isn’t just doing the things you love all the time. Hustle is doing the things you don’t enjoy sometimes to earn the right to do the things you love.”

Q: What college you go to? What did you major in?
A: I went to Bucks County Community College and Stony Brook University. I graduated from Stony Brook University in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science and History.