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Shelby Miller
Leave Management Specialty Analyst, The Hartford



  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun?
    Work: I am a Leave Management Specialty Analyst at The Hartford. I process leaves of absence under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, any applicable State Medical Leaves, and company-specific leaves.
    Fun: For fun, I enjoy rocking out at concerts, reading, traveling, hiking, watching soccer, and playing card games at local breweries with friends.
  2. What motivated you to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society?
    One of my personal goals was to be more active in my community, but I never took the first step of doing volunteer work. When a friend in YLS suggested I tag along to a volunteer event, it was the push I needed. It felt great to give back so when I heard about an open spot on the council, I jumped at the opportunity!
  3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
    “Always follow through”. Granted, this advice was given by a former coach in reference to my tennis swing, but it applies to life as well. This advice always comes back to me when I feel like abandoning any hard tasks or commitments.
  4. What would you say to other young professionals looking to get involved in the community?
    Just grab a friend and do it! Once you start looking for volunteer opportunities, it quickly becomes apparent how many opportunities there are for all skills and comfort levels.
  5. If you could change one thing about our community, what would it be and why?
    If I could change one thing it would be to end our homelessness crisis. We have such a vibrant, diverse community, but there is still a huge economic gap amongst our citizens that needs to be addressed more aggressively. While it has been great to see more investments in our community, such as new housing and building an MLS stadium, the homelessness crisis always seems to be pushed to the backburner.
  6. Favorite Book and TV Show:
    My favorite book would be The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. As for my favorite TV show, I can’t possibly choose between The Office and Seinfeld.
  7. Little known fact:
    I have an unhealthy obsession with Thai food. I might have my favorite place on speed dial…