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NAME: Phyllis Geeslin

TITLE:  President & CEO   FOR: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

SINCE? 1993

YOUR JOB DUTIES INCLUDE? Operation of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

YOU WORK HOW MANY HOURS WEEKLY? 40+

PROJECT/S YOU ARE MOST PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF? Excellent educational programs, accreditation, carriage house rebuild and installation of elevator.

WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Learning something new every day and working with bright, dedicated people.

WORST PART OF WHAT YOU DO? Keeping an old house in order and in good repair.

HOW YOU DEFINE PERSONAL SUCCESS? Fulfilling goals and family time.

ADVICE TO SOMEONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO WHAT YOU DO? In a smaller institution, you must be prepared to do everything and solve every problem.

IF YOU WERE GRANTED ONE WISH RELATING TO YOUR JOB/CAREER/ORGANIZATION, WHAT WOULD IT BE? A dedicated benefactor who could provide vision and financial security.

WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT TO WHERE YOU ARE WITHOUT? My family–beginning with grandparents and parents thru grandchildren.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? A good plan to accomplish a doable task.

WHO WERE/ARE YOUR MENTORS AND HOW DID THEY HELP? Susie Sogord, Polly Lennon, Reid Williamson, Gene Busche, Gracia Meyer Floyd

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN HISTORY? My father and our family trips.

MOST INTERESTING BIT OF INDIANAPOLIS HISTORY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED? Many beautiful statues, especially Pro Patria

YOU CAN HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FROM INDIANAPOLIS PAST? WHO & WHY? Caroline Harrison- her life was significant but as a woman, now well known.

YOUR CAREER IN AN ALTERNATE LIFE? Speech therapist & audiology or Traveler/ trip planner

ANY INTERESTING FAMILY CONNECTIONS TO INDIANAPOLIS PAST? Grandparents and great grandparents were residents here.

FAVORITE VIEW IN THE CITY? From Skyline Club or Eagle’s Nest

FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN INDIANAPOLIS? Historic St. Elmo’s- and Columbia Club

FAVORITE CITY BESIDES INDIANAPOLIS? Chicago, Washington DC

FAVORITE HISTORY RELATED BOOK OR MOVIE?“Devil in White City, Lady in White, Gone with the Wind

ULTIMATE BEVERAGE? Glass of wine

COLLECT ANYTHING? Bunnies, plates, White House Historical Christmas ornaments, small boxes

FAVORITE QUOTE? “We can only be said to be alive in these moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

IF YOUR LIFE HAD A THEME SONG, IT’D BE? “Eagle’s Wings”

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