Chief People Officer
Margaret White, RN, OTA, EMBA
Why did you get into senior living?
I was raised by my grandmother until I lost her at the age of twelve but by then she had set the foundation of my life. My great grandmother lived to be almost 104 years old and was active all her life. When we went to visit, we could always find her in her garden. She lived each day to the fullest. I began my professional career over 20 years ago as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and specialized in assisting Seniors regain or maintain their activities of daily living. As my career transitioned into becoming a Registered Nurse and Healthcare Executive, I never lost the wisdom bestowed upon me in those early years, both personally and professionally. When the opportunity presented itself to come full circle “back to my roots” and impact the lives of those who serve Seniors, I knew it was time to return “home”!
Who truly inspires you?
My family recently lost a very dear friend, John, in an accident. When we attended his services the church was full, with only standing room left in overflow areas. While he was a professional attorney, he served the community as a volunteer for many organizations, but his biggest impact came through the simple act of baking cookies. He was always taking them to the children at the school where he and his family attended church. My grandson and family were at the top of the cookie list and John always made sure he had a plate full! John was known for saying, “You can’t cry with a cookie in your hand and sometimes you need two”. He touched so many lives through his service for others and acts of kindness (and cookie deliveries). He left a legacy that has inspired me to want to touch lives in the simple ways just like he did.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a native born Floridian and have always lived here except for two years when I resided in California. During that time, I trained and rode in the Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic, where I was part of a group of almost 200 who rode a bicycle 525 miles, over 8 days, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In honor and memory of my mother who suffered from the disease.
Beatles or Elvis?
Elvis. My grandmother loved him, especially his gospel music. I know all the words to his songs!
How did you wind up at Inspired Living?
Simply, faith in God and His direction. That direction led me to reach out in an unconventional way (for me) to Steve Benjamin. I had never heard of Validus Senior Living or Steve Benjamin, but both kept showing up on my LinkedIn profile. While out running early one morning, I felt led to reach out to Steve and ask for a meeting to learn more about Inspired Living. He agreed to meet for coffee. We discovered we had similar beliefs in the Christian faith and in creating something bigger than ourselves. Hearing his story of the true whiteboard company he was creating, I knew I wanted to be part of contributing to an environment where people truly come first! After meeting the rest of the leadership team, I knew only God could open up this new path. I am truly blessed and grateful I get to do what I love to do everyday.
What do you want your legacy to be?
For those who knew and loved me to say she “fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7) and as I cross the eternal finish line to hear God say, “well done, good and faithful servant”. In the meantime, I have a ton of slips and falls, starts and stops, to work on!