"Any interest you have, you can find people to connect with here."
At work, Nancy helps businesses and non-profits go international by understanding cultural norms and translating their materials. Yet, navigating Pittsburgh’s people and culture proved to be a challenge for her early on. Now, many years later, she feels at home. "Pittsburgh has many eclectic neighborhoods and the people here are really down-to-earth," she says. However, coming here without a support system can make it difficult. So Nancy took the challenge head on.
"You have to go outside your comfort zone. Any interest you have, you can find people to connect with here." When Nancy first moved to Pittsburgh, she connected with people at work and through young professionals groups, which did not produce the results she wanted. Eventually, a friend mentioned Meetup.com where she found groups with like-minded people interested in music, culture, fitness, food and professional networking. She's met many friends and even her boyfriend through these groups.
She's also an active volunteer and has engaged with several charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, the Pittsburgh Film Office, Epilepsy Foundation and Genesis of Pittsburgh, to name a few.