Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40 2021: Breanna Carpenter

Breanna Carpenter Title: Events and marketing assistant Business: College of Public Service and Community Solutions,Arizona State University Age: 24 Education: Master of Social Work, Master of Public Administration, ASU What are your ultimate career goals? I care deeply about child…

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Breanna Carpenter

Title: Events and marketing assistant

Business: College of Public Service and Community Solutions,Arizona State University

Age: 24

Education: Master of Social Work, Master of Public Administration, ASU

What are your ultimate career goals? I care deeply about child welfare and keeping children and families healthy. I would love to someday lead Arizona’s Department of Child Safety or lead a national organization focused on child welfare.

What is the best professional advice you ever received? To find a mentor wherever I worked. There are always people that know more than you and that can teach you things. Finding someone to help answer mundane questions or guide you on ethical dilemmas in your professional world are critical to advancement.

What’s the one thing you would tell other young professionals looking to advance their careers? Find a mentor. But also, be courageous to try new things. We never know where the next step will lead us, and we are engrained at young ages to know what we want to do when we grow up. The reality is, those dreams can change; don’t be afraid to go after them as they change.

What piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self? To slow down and enjoy what is currently happening in your life. I was always so focused on what to do next, that I wish I had enjoyed what was currently going on in my life at that time.

Your favorite Valley restaurant? Lou Malnati’s

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an obstetrician, and then a teacher. Somehow I ended up a social worker.

What’s the best show you binged on in the past year? “Schitt’s Creek”

Are you a fan of podcasts? What’s your go-to? Brene Brown, every single day

Do you want to work from home or return to the office? Hybrid, I would love to work from home once a week to catch up on things like my email, but being in the office is so great for me, it provides structure and I get to interact with other humans.

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