Amy Mangan is Director of External Affairs for Florida at Duke Energy and a volunteer on Prospera’s Statewide Board of Directors. Read more about this respected executive, influencer and volunteer below.
- What are Duke Energy’s mission and services?
We are one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States committed to transforming customers’ experience, modernizing our grid, generating cleaner energy and creating a smarter energy future.
- What led you to serve on Prospera’s Board of Directors?
Our former Duke Energy Florida State President Alex Glenn served on Prospera’s board and spoke highly of his experience and the work Prospera does in our communities. I also work with several Duke Energy employees in the Central Florida area who work closely with Prospera. They, too, are impressed with this organization’s special mission.
- Which are the three words that best describe you?
Intentional, Encouraging and Motivated
- What advice would you have appreciated hearing when first starting your career?
No career is linear. Where you start will, most likely, not be where you finish. Maximize every experience you are given whether or not you believe this is the “direct path” to success.
- What is the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your career?
Take time to get to know your colleagues. I’ve learned valuable leadership lessons by listening and watching others who do it well. And you may make a lifelong professional and personal friend.
- How do you achieve work/life balance?
I heard a phrase recently that spoke to current trends in our world – we need to focus more on “work/life integration” instead of balance. I believe this is spot on. Life is fluid and my work is an important part of my life and vice versa. This goes back to the first word I used to describe me – intentional. I try to pay attention to what I am doing and give 110 percent. When I’m at work, I’m all in. When I’m home or with family and friends, I keep my cell phone check to a minimum and truly try to be present in that special moment because I’ll never have it again. Perspective is also a beautiful thing. I know what matters most and it’s who, not what, actually, both in work and life.
- How do you stay informed about trends in your industry?
I am a voracious reader. I get three newspapers a day. Yes, I’m old school and still read print! While journalism may not always cover daily utility trends, it does inform about our most important asset: our customers. Where are they living? What are they buying? Selling? I also read business, political and utility online magazines each week. Social media can be instructive, too, in modest doses!
- Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside of the office?
If I could, I would have an office in any bookstore. If you’re in my hometown on a Saturday night, you will find me at Barnes & Noble. Being surrounded by books gets the creative juices flowing. And their coffee is good, too.
- Which social media platform do you use most frequently?
I have children who are young adults who tell me Instagram is in so I use Instagram and Facebook. I have a Twitter account, too, but am a novice with it.
- Can you tell us one item still on your bucket list?
I am a history buff with a Master’s degree in American history. I’d love to tour the Civil War battlefields. I think we could all use such historical perspective today. I also have a Top 10 list of bookstores I’d love to visit across the nation.
- Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
This year, I was able to check off a bucket list item by publishing my first book, a memoir, This Side Up: The Road to a Renovated Life. Like many of our Prospera clients, I, too, have experienced a lot of twists and turns in life and grateful to pen a story about it to inspire others to never give up. Speaking of, I’ve served on many boards throughout my career and Prospera is an exceptional example of an organization who stays true to its mission of serving our Hispanic population. It’s an honor to watch Prospera clients grow along with us.