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Kayleigh Nutting a woman to watch

 Oct. 20, 2013   
Kayleigh Nutting
Kayleigh Nutting
Written by
Arlene Hisiger

Kayleigh Rae Nutting set out from the small town of Dexter, NY to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Rochester, and never left.

“When going toward good things, good things come to you,” Nutting said, in explaining her personal credo. “I try to think positive, so positive things happen.” And positive things did come her way. Opportunities she sought, as well as those she was presented with, materialized while she was still an undergraduate at the U of R.

In keeping with the values instilled in her by her parents, Nutting first volunteered at Gilda’s Club, and was subsequently hired to conduct programs and fundraising for the non-profit support network for cancer patients, named after comedienne Gilda Radner. The three years she spent at Gilda’s Club were particularly meaningful in light of both her father’s and a boss’ death from cancer. “It’s what kept my connection to Gilda’s Club to this day,” Nutting said.

Her work at Gilda’s Club led to an unexpected turn of events. A few members of Search Engine Improv, a local improvisational comedy troupe, asked her to do workshops for kids at Gilda’s Club.

One thing led to another and before she knew it, she left her comfort zone behind. She began to practice with the troupe and participate in their “Harold Team” shows. “The first time I did it, I had butterflies in my stomach,” she said with a laugh. But afterwards, she felt really good that she had tried something different. “It definitely helps with public speaking and thinking on my feet,” she added.

Another life-changing opportunity came Nutting’s way after attending a presentation at the University of Rochester given by Victoria Schmitt, President of Corn Hill Navigation, a non-profit company that owns and operates both the Sam Patch and Mary Jemison tour boats.

Nutting developed a close relationship with Schmitt and stayed in touch with her while studying abroad in Spain. Upon her return, she began to volunteer on the Mary Jemison. Starting out as deck hand, Nutting then went on to attend speaking engagements and do development work. After serving as a full-time volunteer board member she now serves as the Executive Board’s Secretary.

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Arlene Hisiger

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“Vicki saw potential in me, she helped me get to where I am today,” Nutting said. Emulating her mentor, Nutting endeavors to take time to help others along their career paths. Her visceral connection to the company and the Mary Jemison in particular, is evident in the fact that all her upcoming wedding events will take place at locales associated with Corn Hill Navigation.

Following her work for Gilda’s Club, Nutting moved to her current job as Director of Special Events at the Al Sigl Community of Agencies. “What really drew me to Al Sigl was the collaborative feel of the agency and the opportunity to work with six other member agencies,” Nutting said.

A stand out memory of her work at the agency was watching as a sea of yellow-colored shirts worn by Al Sigl Walkabout participants rounded a corner of the Eastview Mall, where the event was held. “It was pretty powerful knowing that I helped make that happen,” Nutting commented.

A plaque on her desk bears silent testimony to her personal, as well as the agency’s ethos. It reads: “Alone we can do so much, but together we can do so much more.”

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