Anne Druck: Another once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity
Anne Druck believes lightning can strike twice. After all, it struck twice in her professional life.
In 1993, she took the helm as president of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. And earlier this year, she took over as the first female leader of the United Way of York County.
Before joining the Visitors Bureau, Druck spent three years with Main Street York Inc. as its executive director.
A graduate of Shippensburg University, Druck is currently on the board of directors for the Partnership for Economic Development York County and the Southern York County School District Foundation, and on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Business Organization Center. She also serves as president-elect for the Rotary Club of York.
As she settles in to the top role at the United Way, CPBJ sat down with Druck to see what she envisions for the future of the organization that seeks to unite people to solve problems in York County.
CPBJ: How did you know that moving to the United Way of York County was for you?
DRUCK: Both my role at the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau and my current role at the United Way of York County were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I hired everyone at the Convention and Visitors Bureau and there was a huge comfort level there having spent 25 years there, so going to a new organization would mean a change of a routine. But I felt good about who I was leaving the organization with and the transition has been smooth … more like starting with a new family. It was a passing of the baton as Bob (Robert Woods) was with the United Way for 26 years. It’s the same ball field, but a different uniform.
CPBJ: What’s been your biggest challenge you’re working to overcome?
DRUCK: The biggest challenge has been looking at the landscape of York County. The population is increasing and 10 percent of the population - 40,000 to 50,000 people - are considered at the poverty level. There are people here in the community that are living food insecure. The need has grown, donors have decreased and the campaign has gone flat. We need to bring our trajectory up.
CPBJ: Moving forward, what’s next for the United Way?
DRUCK: There are many opportunities on the horizon. We are working hard every day focused on assessing critical needs and working with a broad range of partners.
Most recently, we have two new partner agencies: the Children’s Home of York and the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Partner agencies support the 74 programs funded by the United Way’s Community Fund, which has an impact on the education, health and financial stability of residents in York County.
So often, women who are in abusive relationships or are threatened by or afraid of domestic violence will stay in a bad situation because they don’t want to leave animals behind. The York County SPCA, for example, provides temporary shelter for pets of domestic abuse victims ... Establishing these partnerships will help the United Way address the underlying causes of the most pressing problems in our community.
CPBJ: What kind of advice would you give to fellow businesswomen looking to succeed in their individual fields?
DRUCK: Surround yourself with good people. Who are the five people you spend the most time with? People don’t get where they are on their own.