Erin Moore

Erin Moore has a passion for volunteerism, especially when it comes to supporting girls and young women in her community of Huntsville, Alabama. After Erin joined Synovus in 2019, her market leader quickly recognized Erin’s love for service. She was then appointed as the Huntsville Here Matters Champion, playing a significant role in planning financial education and well-being initiatives that benefited the community.

Erin works with organizations like The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), The Huntsville Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, Greater Huntsville Panhellenic Alumnae Association, Girls Inc. of Huntsville, the Rotaract Club and Junior Achievement. With each hour of service, Erin is contributing to the betterment of young women from elementary school to college, as well as young female professionals.

What makes volunteerism so rewarding for Erin is the opportunity to contribute tangible service to organizations that celebrate leadership, resiliency, and the betterment of women and girls at any age. For Erin, opening doors through scholarships, grants and teaching subject matters like financial literacy empowers girls and young women with essential life skills.

“There's a look of joy on their faces when they realize the potential of money as a tool for achieving their dreams, and it's priceless. It's not just about numbers. It's about fostering a sense of financial confidence and independence," she shares.

Her work at DAR as chapter treasurer and junior membership chair is especially rewarding, as the organization’s mission is one focused on community service, preserving history, educating children and supporting those who serve our nation. More so, DAR’s continuing commitment to equality recognizes that the U.S. was built on the promise of equality for everyone. As so, the organization embraces members of all races and publicly denounces bias, prejudice and intolerance. This stance means the work of the DAR includes volunteers from all walks of life and impacts diverse future generations for the better.

From personal experience, Erin believes in the positive impact and power of mentorships for personal lives and careers. For young women seeking mentorship, Erin says to “approach mentorship as a two-way street. While seeking guidance, consider how to contribute to the mentor-mentee relationship. Demonstrating a commitment to growth and being an active participant in the mentoring process will enhance the overall experience for all involved.”

When asked about historic achievements that benefit women for which she is most grateful, Erin says the passing of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which eliminated the practice of banks requiring single, widowed or divorced women to bring a man to cosign any credit application tops the list. The ECOA allows women to independently access credit, build financial profiles and participate more fully in economic decisions and activities, furthering gender equality.

Naturally, Erin finds inspiration and empowerment in other women who’ve paved the way. A recent favorite is Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. She defied societal norms by advocating for women's rights and social justice during the early 20th century. Women today can find inspiration in Alice's story when challenging common narratives about how women in leadership must sacrifice their personal lives for career success.

Her advice to young women entering professional careers is to focus on creating a community within the workforce, fostering belonging, enhancing skills and building confidence in themselves and other women. Finding sustainable success often comes down to embracing "messy action," which Erin explains as overcoming perfectionism and imposter syndrome and striving for the next best step or course of action.

“It is better to act and adapt rather than allow a chance to grow and learn pass you by. Action can lead to the ability to learn from mistakes, but ultimately achieve clarity and results. Even if the opportunity is not even right for you or the current moment, I think you will not know until you give it a try.”

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