Meg Bell, District III Vice President/Trustee

Member Since 1985
Affiliation:  Mo-Kan Chapter - Lenexa, Kan.
Employer:  Sprint Corporation
Position:  Project Manager III

Born in Hawaii as an only child and raised by a single parent in the Kansas City area (mostly), Meg has grown up learning to be self-sufficient and independent. Through many moves which meant attending many schools, Meg was a good student who still likes to learn. Meg graduated with a BS in Business Administration from William Jewell College and set off into the world of data processing.

Meg began her career as a management trainee in the JC Penney catalog division’s data center where she learned many aspects of the data processing and business worlds. After 5 years, it was time to move into a new company; US Sprint, today Sprint Corporation. Meg has now been at Sprint for 25 years learning many areas of IT, initially in long distance, now in wireless as a Project Manager. Early on in Meg’s career with Sprint, she achieved a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and is now starting anew to become re-certified in the fall of 2013.

In the ever-changing world of corporate business, Meg’s husband left Sprint in 2008 and thus turned a photography hobby into a business that Meg helps with as often as possible. You can really see things differently once you start looking through a lens.

Meg joined ABWA and the Mo-Kan Chapter in 1985 after the group granted Meg’s mother a scholarship. A few months later, Meg was asked to chair the Newsletter committee. The following year, she was elected to serve on the board and has remained with the chapter ever since serving in all roles, except Treasurer! Her proudest chapter moment was being chosen Chapter Woman of the Year in 2000 – this was a great boost in self-confidence. Being self-sufficient and independent for so long didn’t lend itself well to being self-confident. Meg’s continued activities in ABWA helped build that self-assurance and confidence which led to exciting times of being approved to run for National office!

Probably Meg’s proudest “moment” was becoming a mother at the age of 43. Along with a beautiful daughter, a new sense of purpose was born. Meg’s daughter often gets to share in ABWA activities!

Meg’s advice to others: go for it! One of her favorite quotes is “Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” Mark Victor Hansen