Monday, June 17, 2024

Ten Questions with Victoria Riley

(Anna Lind Photography)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.

This week, meet Victoria Riley from Here for the Girls.

What is your job title and description?
I am the Director of Program and Operations at Here for the Girls (H4TG), a Williamsburg-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer. My role is to oversee all the organization’s operations and mission-related services which include educational and social-emotional support. As a director, I work alongside the Executive Director and Board of Directors to fulfill strategic initiatives.

Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?
I work with a team that includes staff, interns, and volunteers to meet our members where they are on their breast cancer journey. Together, we are committed to putting people first and treasuring love above all. I have the opportunity to interact with donors, supporters, and the community to help spread awareness and education about the impact of breast cancer on younger women.

What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?
I have the fortunate opportunity to work directly with the members we serve. The stories that our members openly share demonstrate their resilience. What they share stays with me well after I leave the “office” and lives on in my heart as inspiration.

How do you define success?
H4TG it is focused on meeting our members where they are and to understand that each person is unique and carries their own personal story. It is a culture that was established since our beginning — people first — and it is woven through every decision and action from our board of directors to our staff to volunteers. This mindset starts with thoughtfully listening to gain a true perspective followed by acting according to a specific need.

What is your most successful accomplishment to date?
To remember to build a life, not a living.

What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Do not beat yourself up over mistakes because from each mistake comes growth and opportunity.

How long have you lived in the greater Williamsburg/York area?
My husband and I moved to Williamsburg in 2016 from Fairfax, Virginia. We have since started our family and love every moment living here.

What is your favorite part of living here?
The sense of community and how it extends to all parts of our lives.

(Anna Lind Photography)

What do you do for downtime/to relax?
I enjoy reading, gardening, and golfing. I especially love raising our 4-year-old daughter who is my greatest ‘why’ each and every day!

What is the next step in your journey?
I am currently pursuing continued educational opportunities. I am a firm believer that you should always keep learning.

Do you want to learn more about your community and the people that live and work in the Historic Triangle? We are looking for people with interesting jobs, super volunteers, or community leaders to showcase. Reach out to let us know if you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for Ten Questions.

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