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September 1, 2008

2008 40 Under Forty: Amy Mosher

Amy R. Mosher

Age: 29

Title: Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Coordinator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Licensed Representative/ Trainer, Primerica Financial Services

Company location: Worcester

Residence: Worcester

Career highlights:

While in graduate school at Clark University, I interned with the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, where I currently coordinate Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), an inspiring program that teaches teen participants how to create RFPs based on real community needs, score applications and allocate funding to local nonprofit organizations.

I am also building an exciting business with Primerica Financial Services.

Community involvement:

Serving the Worcester community as an Americorps volunteer during the events of Sept. 11 really opened my eyes to the value of helping people. I sit on the community development advisory committee for the City of Worcester; I volunteer with the Center for Women and Enterprise; I am involved with the East Highland Area Neighborhood Association, and serve as a volunteer marketing liaison within the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. Perhaps the most rewarding volunteer effort, however, has been mentoring one teenager the last three years, and supporting her to go to college.

Biggest professional success:

I would have to say my decision to postpone getting a ‘real job’ after grad school to travel cross-country for three months, exploring the relationship between individual creativity and community sustainability. My trip motivated me to return to Worcester to do what I do now.

Dream job:

I would love to open a community café for people of all backgrounds and ages to meet, organize and express themselves.

Businessperson you admire most:

While I admire many businesspeople for their creativity and ambition, I admire my father, John Mosher, the most. A former Marine Corps Sgt. Major and iron worker, my dad started a successful flagpole business in 1991. Now retired in New Hampshire, he reminds me to be respectfully blunt and to ‘expect the unexpected’ with clients, and in life.

Favorite movie:

“Freedom Writers.” I could truly relate to Hillary Swank’s character.

If you were stuck on a desert island what book would you want to have with you?

I would have Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” with me. I read this book when I was vacationing in Maine at age 17, and it completely shook up my world. F

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