Columbus Business First has come out with its annual list of most-admired executives for 2023 and Dee Anders, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, has made the list again this year. Dee has received this distinction previously in 2018 and 2021. Winners of the publication’s “C-Suite” award are determined by a vote of their peers. The Columbus Business First article announcing the winners reads,
“We accepted nominations for top CEOs, president/COOs, CFOs, and others this spring, then turned the voting over to them to find who inspires and encourages them. Executives were placed in their respective categories by job function, even if they held different titles. The honorees were chosen in several categories, including for-profit companies, social services nonprofits, and other organizations. Private companies were separated by size. The number of honorees in each category was determined by how many nominees each had.”Columbus Business First
Here is the Q&A from the CBF article spotlighting Dee in the publication announcing winners last month:
How has your job changed following the pandemic?
There really wasn’t much of a difference in the work we did during or following the pandemic. Families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House or visit a Ronald McDonald Family Room have always been very careful and protective when it comes to taking care of their children. These families already set the bar pretty high guarding against germs and keeping kids safe.
The need for our services has grown, so we are expanding to meet the needs.
How has your thinking about in-office versus remote work evolved?
I understand that associates love to have the flexibility to work out of their home, but our work at the Ronald McDonald House does not really allow for that. We continued to work in the House. In fact, when most people were sent home to work, we found that we had more work to do because we had to send volunteers away. We did not experience remote working. That has forced us to be more creative in finding other benefits to attract and keep talent.
What part-time job would you consider after retiring?
I would consider working at the Columbus Zoo with the animals or teaching gymnastics to beginners.
What’s something you do to relieve stress?
I spend time with my dog or work on some sort of art project.
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