Talkin’ with Ann Davidson of the Launch executive committee posted 08/16/12

By Joe Sullivan

Ann Davidson Launch St. LouisHow and why did you get involved with Launch?

I was a part of the original crew who sat on the Young Friends Council of the cancer non-profit Gilda’s Club St. Louis. When the idea came about to form a new organization that would promote young leadership and support cancer, it was an easy choice – I knew I wanted to be a part of this mission and help build it from the ground up.

Who is your celebrity look-alike?

That’s interesting. If you would have asked me that question a little while back I wouldn’t have had an answer….but twice in the past month I’ve been told I resemble Kate Middleton of the British Royal Family (by a stranger on an elevator in Memphis and by a neighbor of mine)….I’ll take it!

What is your favorite thing about living in St. Louis?

Oh, so many things. I really value having my family close by (all six of my siblings are in St. Louis) but I also love the stan statuecharacter of this city. It’s been cool to see the revitalization of city neighborhoods since I moved back in 2005. Two things I couldn’t live without: Forest Park (I live nearby and spend a lot of time running, biking and walking there) and the Cardinals (my car is named Scott Rolen and my goldfish is Stan the Man).

What has been your biggest surprise and/or discovery since first joining Launch?

I can’t pinpoint one specific discovery, but it has been very cool to see the drive behind young talent in St. Louis and the amount of smart, ambitious people who want to make a difference…not only on our Launch board but among our partners and contacts in the community too. That has been my biggest takeaway so far.

What is your favorite quote?

Focus on excellence, leave perfection to God.

What inspired you to make a career out of non-profit work?

I have always known I wanted to do something community-focused in my career. My internships during grad school gave me a glimpse into the non-profit world and demonstrated how fulfilling that work could be. I was fortunate to find a position at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2008 and have been immersed in the non-profit world ever since. 🙂

Bob BarkerIf the world is really going to end on December 21st, what do you want to cross off your bucket list?

I would love to be a contestant on The Price Is Right. Incidentally, I just bought my ticket today for the taping when The Price Is Right comes to the Fox Theater this October! Fingers are crossed.  🙂

If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?

Travel, no question. I studied abroad in in Scotland during college, which was when I discovered my love for experiencing new places and new people. I have been lucky to take some amazing trips over the past decade, but there are still many places I would love to see.

What is your lucky number and why?

Well I’m not very superstitious, but I think I’ll go witbobh the number 2. I like even numbers, and my birthday’s on the 2nd. And 2012 has been a good year.

What never fails to make you laugh?

My little nieces Rosemary and Faye acting silly. Also, any line out of Bill Murray’s mouth in the movie What About Bob (it’s a classic!).

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