For Collins, the teams she has worked on at DFA have been paramount to her professional growth by teaching her the importance of collaboration. “I don’t feel like an employee; I feel like a part of a team,” she says. “We’re all in it together. Everyone is willing to dive in and get the work done, regardless of role or title. We constantly work together to determine how we can do things better tomorrow than we did today. I also appreciate that we’re all professionals, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We genuinely enjoy being together and working together.”
This includes leaders within DFA, whom Collins acknowledges for helping her navigate her career. “I’ve been fortunate to work with amazing leaders who have passed along opportunities to take on new responsibilities,” she says. “Now, I’m honored to be in a position where I can help support and grow the next generation of leaders within DFA. I’m looking forward to helping to develop people.”
In her new role on the corporate communications team, Collins says she is hopeful her experience in consumer brands will bring a different perspective, allowing her to help the various teams she works with identify and implement new approaches to challenges.
“I’m excited about helping to expand DFA’s global presence, and determining how we can not only deliver value to our members domestically, but also engage with the global consumer,” she says. “This is another opportunity DFA has given me to learn and grow professionally, and I’m beyond grateful for this next chapter of my DFA career.”
Recently, Collins' own leadership and commitment to her colleagues earned her recognition as a 2015 DFA Be More award winner. Earning several nominations for the award, her colleagues cited her dedication, enthusiasm, perserverance and positive attitude in the face of challenge among the reasons why she was deserving of the honor.
Collins, a Kansas City native, holds a bachelor’s degree from Park University and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her husband of four years, Josh Collins, owns Big Rip Brewing Company in North Kansas City. She enjoys bike riding, racing in triathlons and spending time with their two dogs.