Thirst Project Road Warrior
Interior Design & Space Planning | 2016
Abbey has taken her passion for non-profits on the road after graduating, joining the Thirst Project as a Road Warrior, an organization dedicated to bringing safe, clean drinking water to developing nations and impoverished communities.
While in school, Abbey took on many leadership roles, becoming a member of the CLA Leadership Council and a Liberal Arts Dean’s Ambassador. She was President of the campus chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and International Interior Design Association. Abbey was a Dammon Dean’s Scholar and Warren P. Thayer Scholar. She was recipient to several awards, including the Presidential and David Santogrossi Honors Scholarship. She also spent time studying abroad in London and interned for influential companies, including Macy’s and The Walt Disney Company. She also worked as a CLA Development Assistant for the Purdue Research Foundation and is currently a © LEED Associate.
With already having an interest for working for a socially conscious company in mind for the future, Abbey’s connection to the Thirst Project came swiftly before graduation, after an old friend introduced her to the Thirst Project’s Director of School Clubs, Even Wesley. Abbey soon found herself signing on as a Road Warrior and beginning a new adventure.
Abbey’s days are spent traveling the U.S., educating students on the global water crisis at middle schools, high schools and college campuses with high energy presentations – all in an effort to challenge them to get involved. Last year, the Thirst Project spoke to more than 300 schools, encouraging students to spread the clean water message and help build wells all over the world. Currently, Abbey and her partner are responsible for 1-2 presentations per day, and along with those, handle the travel arrangements, maintain equipment and merchandise and recapping their story through social media.
Along with doing her part to educate about the world water crisis, Abbey has been learning new skills essential in the workplace including the importance of public speaking, engaging with audiences, motivating people and utilizing her strengths when developing lifelong personal relationships with students, teachers and families. She hopes to use these skills in her future roles and continue supporting socially conscious companies and non-profits. Her journey as a Road Warrior will continue through April this year and she plans on returning to her Indiana roots to begin her next chapter.