Meet mikaili azziz.
She is the new marketing & communications associate at CICF. In this role, Mikaili provides a mix of marketing functions and brings thought leadership, strategy and execution to best tell the stories of the organization, with a focus on Hamilton County Community Foundation and the communities it serves.
What excites you about your new role?
I’m super excited to work alongside the Hamilton County Community Foundation team to increase awareness of the equitable initiatives implemented under the foundation’s three core pillars. I’m eager to leverage my public relations, journalistic background and different forms of storytelling to share that work with the community. I started my role at what I consider to be a perfect time—January. So there’s plenty of opportunity for me to brainstorm marketing strategies for the rest of 2023!
In this past year, what book, movie or album resonated with you in the strongest way and why?
Last year, I finished reading a New York Times bestseller called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s one of those life-changing books that makes you rethink how you can approach day-to-day life more positively and with more intention. I love the way the author unpacks self-limiting beliefs and offers a toolkit for reprogramming your subconscious mind. Deepak Chopra referred to the book as a “roadmap to enlightenment and freedom,” which I can 100% agree with. It’s a must-read!
What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?
One thing I’m actively learning is to embrace change. As someone who recently finished undergrad in 2022, the last four years of my life have been inundated with change. From my college experience being drastically different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to simply navigating adulthood—change has been inevitable and ever-present. Over time, I’ve learned that my “normal” looks different every month and year… and that’s okay! Realizing this has allowed me to be less on edge about what lies ahead in life.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
I tend to decompress after a busy day by spending time with myself. It’s easy to get caught up in managing deadlines, multitasking and interacting with so many different faces at work. I find it really meditative to sit in silence, go on walks and just to give my mind some well-needed rest.
What’s your most recent act of equity?
For February’s edition of Inspiring Philanthropy, I was able to craft a story on Roberts Settlement, a historical landmark in Hamilton County founded by free people of color. It was invigorating to sit with the president of the settlement, LaVella Hyter, who is also a descendant of one of the original pioneers. As a communications professional working in the not-for-profit space, I think it’s imperative to prioritize telling the stories of historically underrepresented groups. I hope to continue on that path to equity with all of the work I do going forward!