Edit ModuleShow Tags

GenXYZ: Amanda Mountain, 37

Regional director, Rocky Mountain PBS/ED Tim Gill Center for Public Media


Published:

Mountain has dramatically increased revenue in the three years she’s worked for Rocky Mountain PBS.

What inspired you to start the Tim Gill Center?

A big part of what we want to do is create a pipeline for citizens to tell stories that wouldn’t be told. We partner with libraries and universities, provide a public media lab, and offer access to equipment so people can be empowered.

What would someone see if they walked into the Center?

A lot of people use the space to collaborate and learn more about their community. We also have a partnership with our NPR affiliate, producing a show called “Off Topic.”

Do you feel that traditional media is failing to share stories effectively.

I don’t think people who watch TV, listen to radio or read newspapers always see themselves reflected. Traditional media has limited budgets and reach.

What’s one memorable story you’ve been able to share?

There was a woman who told her story of going to an expensive liberal arts college in Colorado Springs. She went to a football game and people were berating her racially. It motivated her to stay in school alongside those people, to show them that she deserved to be there ... It was a story of resilience.

Do you consider yourself resilient?

I’m a first-generation college graduate. I graduated from the University of Colorado. I had to pay for it myself. And there have been years when I’ve worked two or three jobs at a time and was unsure what was coming up next. But I fall back on the knowledge that I’ve broken a cycle in my family. It was so important to my mother. Now my sister is going back to college in her 30s, and we’re all so proud.

Why is an education so important?

After I graduated, I could select a career based on what I was passionate about, as opposed to just to get a paycheck.

Edit Module
Maria Martin

Maria Martin is a freelance writer.

Get more of our current issue | Subscribe to the magazine | Get our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

First to market and no fear of failure

Tanner McGraw started Apto in 2012 to provide a cloud-based CRM and deal management platform for commercial real estate brokers. Five years later, Apto holds enterprise agreements with five of commercial real estate’s top seven brands, and has 85 full-time employees — up from 27 in 2015.

Should you compromise company policies?

What do you do when a widely accepted policy that affects both culture and bottom line is challenged by a highly valued, highly productive and hard-to-replace employee?

The 12 brand archetypes – Which is yours?

What we often fail to realize is connections are just relationships. If you aren’t clear about who you are, no one is going to be interested in you. It’s critical you understand your brand, and how you should start a relationship with your customers.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags