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Leah

Years on the team: 2 Year Veteran

Spalon Montage Location and Stylist: Woodbury - Vivienne

Hometown: Mahtomedi, MN

Profession: Clinical Studies Associate

Favorite

Vikings Player:

1.    Current: Stefon Diggs

2.    Alumni: Cris Carter

Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Book: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Quote: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Place I’ve traveled and why: My favorite place in the world is Captiva, Florida. I could sit on the white sandy beach every day and read a book!

Charity and why: As a member of the University of Minnesota Dance Team, I had the opportunity to participate in the HopeDay Festival each year through the HopeKids organization. The festival aims to instill hope, joy, and a willingness to keep fighting in children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. I truly believe in the HopeKids mission that hope and happiness in kids can improve their chances of recovery, and there’s nothing better than seeing them smile.


My dream job: Clinical Research Associate for a Medical Device company.

On the top of my bucket list is: In my junior year of college, we learned about the glowing microbes that make the Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques so breathtaking. Ever since that moment, I’ve been dying to see it in person!

My hero: My mom and dad.

Name an inspiring/influential woman in your life: My Grandma Kathleen – she is the strongest woman I know, with a heart as big as the ocean.

How do you define empowered? To me, empowerment is described by a feeling of capability, confidence, and responsibility. When I feel most empowered, I feel as if I’m wearing a secret Super Girl suit, ready to conquer anything life decides to throw my way.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 5 years, I hope to be married to my best friend with 2 puppies (Australian Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers) and have a flourishing career in Medical Device Clinical Research.

Where are you in your family line up? I have one older sister, Lizzi, who was an NFL Cheerleader for the Denver Broncos the past two seasons. She amazes me every day with what she strives for, and achieves, personally and professionally.

What was your favorite subject in school? Science! In high school I was always drawn to Psychology and my foundational science classes, so when I got to take Neuroscience classes in college, I absolutely fell in love.

Do you have any pets? I have one cat, Puddy, and one dog, Beau. Prince Beau is a Siberian Husky, and he runs the house!

What is your favorite workout tip? Working out shouldn’t always feel like a chore. It will some days, but most days, it should be enjoyable! If you’re never enjoying what you’re doing, it is much more difficult to be consistent. There are so many different work out programs out there – try to find what makes you feel the most confident and energetic.

My best beauty secret is: In my first season as an MVC, Shelby at Expressions MD encouraged me time and time again to make sure that I’m adequately moisturizing my face. As soon as I followed her advice, my blemishes cleared, my skin tone evened out, and my eyes looked brighter!

Why did you decide to audition to become an MVC? After graduating from the University of Minnesota where I was a member of the Dance Team, I wanted to continue following my passion of dance, but I also wanted to continue growing personally and professionally – I knew MVC would allow me to do both of those things.

What is your favorite memory as an MVC? My favorite memory as an MVC was the last home game of the season on January 1st against the Chicago Bears. I was able to take a moment to look around the stadium at our loyal fans and my incredible teammates. At that moment, I truly realized how special it is to be a part of the Vikings organization.

Most valued lesson learned as an MVC: The most valuable lesson I’ve learned as an MVC is how to be confident in all that I do. The daily schedule of an MVC can vary and can quickly become extremely busy. I quickly learned that I feel my most confident when I am expertly prepared for each day. I still think my family is shocked how organized I’ve become in just a year!

Awards received as an MVC: 2016 Rookie of the Year