Get to know the members of our AAIM Young Professionals Board. The AAIM Young Professionals program fosters career development, leadership proficiencies, and relationship-building of passionate and high-potential young professionals in the St. Louis area. Members of the AAIM Young Professionals Board meet regularly to ensure the success of this annual program.
- Kaitlin Bearden
- Senior Benefits Specialist
- Lutheran Senior Services
Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hello, my name is Kaitlin Bearden, and I work on the Employees Benefits side of Human Resources at Lutheran Senior Services. I work with our vendors and HR team regarding medical, pharmacy, spending accounts, wellness and our benefits broker.
Outside of work, what are some of your passions?
I am passionate about community and travel. I love meeting new people, making connections and having those friendships. Travel is very special to me as well, and I find it as life’s biggest teacher. I never come back the same person after traveling. It creates a different perspective on people, life and even myself. I also love trying new things, concerts, restaurants and doing anything new around town.
What led you to join the AYP Board?
I wanted to get involved with the AYP board because I have loved seeing the AYP group grow since I went through the program the first year it started. I loved my journey during the program and still have friends I keep in contact with. I whole heartily support the AYP program and love the great work the team has been doing. It’s a great way to learn from others, develop professionally, learn about community, make connections and network.
How have you grown (professionally or personally) since joining AYP?
The topics discussed during the program played a big role in my professional career. Having others from around the area and engaging together during volunteer opportunities and networking events helped develop my skills and learn from others.
What advice would you give to other Young Professionals just starting out in their professional career?
Absorb as much as you can to diversify your skill set in the beginning of your career. In doing so, this will help you find your niche. Get to know others inside and out of your department and get involved in your community via networking events, vendor meetings and industry meetups. If you can, find a mentor at your company as they are a great resource. Don’t forget you can always change things up!