Tammy Edwards is a firm believer in hard work. As vice president of community development and strategic engagements for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the seven states of the Tenth Federal Reserve District, she’s got a schedule that “jam-packed” doesn’t even begin to describe. Add in her speaking engagements and voluminous volunteer work, and it’s a wonder she has time to sleep. Luckily for Kansas City, Edwards has never backed down from a challenge or giving back.
►I’m a morning person. I get up at 5 a.m. My friends tease me that I do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.
►I can‘t leave home without my wallet and phone.
►The best part of my day is when I am collaborating with others on projects and when I am helping others achieve their goals.
►I’m constantly seeking advice, so I’ve received a lot of great advice over the years. I’ve probably embraced and shared the following two pieces of advice the most: “Lift as you rise,” and “service to others is the price you pay for living.”
►I read multiple books at the same time — usually a mixture of nonfiction and fiction. I just finished “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “The Readers of Broken Wheel” by Katarina Bivald.
►I’m on the KCPT-TV board, so my favorite PBS shows are “Frontline” and “Ruckus.”
►My dream day would start with a great meditation session, a fun workout, time alone to read and reflect, a hot stone massage and quality time with family and friends on a yacht sailing around the Greek islands. The day would also include some type of element helping others and, of course, champagne.
►As I walk into work, I tell myself to smile and breathe. My day can easily go from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes. Reminding myself to smile and breathe keeps me focused on what’s important.
►The most meaningful things in my office are the photos of my family and friends taken in various parts of the world. I love to travel, so wonderful memories are attached to the photos. I’ve been blessed to have had numerous career highlights. I’m sure the best is yet to come.