EDGEr joins Sacramento Ballet Board of Directors

EDGE Spotlight: Katie Nystrom, Associate Attorney at Law for Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, focusing on Labor and Employment

Hi EDGE members, my name is Anne Descalzo and I am an EDGE Philanthropy Committee member.  I recently had the opportunity to chat with fellow EDGEr Katie Nystrom, who made a connection at the April Metro EDGE Storm the Boardroom event and is now a member of the Sacramento Ballet Board of Directors!

Katie also holds a seat on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Sacramento County Bar Association, is the Vice Chair for the Membership Committee for Women Lawyers of Sacramento and the Media Chair for the Barristers’ Club of Sacramento.  Katie has recently joined 3 sub-committees with the Sacramento Ballet: Personnel Committee, Special Events Committee and Fundraising Committee.

Tell me about your path to joining the Sacramento Ballet Board of Directors?

I was looking to join another board, specifically one that was not connected with attorneys.   The representative from the Sacramento Ballet that was at In the Mix is also an attorney that I know and part of the Barristers Club of Sacramento Board of Directors.

I wanted an opportunity to meet people in the community, increase my visibility and potentially bring in clients. I also wanted an opportunity that lets me bring out my creative side, that often gets lost in my job.  I grew up dancing in Folsom, performed in the Nutcracker as a child and danced in undergrad.  I knew I wanted to get back into the arts and I am familiar with the Sacramento Ballet.  I feel like a lot of performing arts, the ballet in particular, don’t have a strong young professional audience.   This is something I can bring to the board.

How do you think being a YP will impact the Sacramento Ballet Board?

I want to encourage, specifically YP’s, to imagine how cool and different it can be to grab dinner on K Street and go over to the Community Center for a fun date night.  YP’s have the ability to do this; the tickets won’t break the bank.

As a YP, I plan to use my resources and my connections to impact the social media aspect of the Sacramento Ballet to bring people my age back into the arts, specifically ballet!

Why should YP’s join a board?

I’m learning that being on a board is a really good experience.  Typically boards are comprised of all these different types of people- ages, skills and professions.  Being on a board is going to teach you how to work with and communicate with all of those people.  Not only am I learning different skills from them, but how to deal with different personalities.  I’m positive I’m the youngest person on the Sacramento Ballet Board.  A lot of times our only contact with more experienced people is in a boss/associate, boss/employees situation, but on a board you are all a team.  You get to work directly with people that have all these awesome life and work experiences.  Being on a board gets you out in the community and giving back!