I first met Carrie Roth, this week’s Everyday Hero, back in the 90s when my family moved to Pittsburgh. We went to the same all-girl’s school and then moved on to the same High School.
Over the years, I’ve loved talking to Carrie about everything under the sun. I love getting little emails out of the blue with tasty new recipes or articles on healthy living. And whenever she comes back to Pittsburgh, I love hearing about all of the fabulous places and spaces she gets to visit for work.
Throughout the years, Carrie has remained one of the most down-to-earth, fun, and inspiring people I know.
I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much I have.
Name: Carrie Roth
Job/Title: Director of Meetings & Conventions
Where you call home: Los Angeles, CA
Where are you from, where are you located now, and what led you there?
I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and currently live in Los Angeles, CA. After having spent 11 years in Washington, DC, I really wanted a change. There weren’t any major obstacles standing in my way (marriage/children/pets) so I took the plunge and relocated to sunny California in October of 2010.
If we really knew you, what would we know?
You would know that my family and friends mean everything to mean and that I’m fiercely loyal. Above all else, I will go to bat for anyone or any cause I believe in. Oh, and if you can find a bigger sports fan, specifically hockey (Go Pens!) please put them in touch with me. Outside the Pittsburgh region, hockey fans are a rare breed. (transplants like myself don’t count) Bonus points if you can convince a native Californian that any day is a great day for hockey!
Where do you find your inspiration?
My Mom. She taught me so many valuable lessons and is more than just a mother, she’s my friend. Although there is physical distance between us, she taught me from a very early age that no matter where I am (physically or mentally), I can put my thumb to my forehead and know that she’s there too.
What “rules” do you live by?
- Honor your commitment. If you agree to do something, then do it.
- Always be punctual. People will appreciate someone who arrives to an appointment early. There’s nothing worse than having to wait for someone.
- Spend less than you make. Sounds superficial to bring up money but if you spend less than you make, you (hopefully) won’t be caught in a financial situation/predicament.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. It’s as simple as reversing two simple words: It shouldn’t be, Can I? but rather, “I CAN!”
What three things, people, or roles have contributed most to your success?
- Although I don’t have a sister, my cousin is the same age and she is the sister I never had. We sent to school together (elementary all the way through high school) and spent all holidays together along with our families. She is my rock.
- Early in my career, I had a supervisor that reminded me that we work to live rather than live to work. Working hard enables you the opportunity to enjoy life.
- My education is probably one of the biggest reasons I’m successful. (I’m referencing my pre-college education)
What was the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I’m not sure I’ve been given bad advice. If I did, it was probably so bad that I choose to forget it. I’ve tried to surround myself with people that I love and with people who love me. If you’re surrounded by negativity, you’ll likely absorb it. Happy, confident people send positive vibes and they’re contagious.
What women inspire you?
- My mother, for said reasons above.
- My grandmother, because of her commitment to her family, friends, and her religion. She is the matriarch of our family and truly the duct tape that keeps us all together. And she has taught me, in a day and age where written correspondence is almost obsolete, that there is nothing better than opening up the mailbox to find a hand written letter.
- Arianna Huffington, for her business savvy, for proving that gender doesn’t define you & that hard work and perseverance can lead to success.
What books are sitting on your nightstand or are currently on your must-read list?
Despite hating to read as a child, the moment I graduated from college I realized how much of a passion I have for reading. In 2013, I read 26 books and my goal for 2014 is to read 30. I just finished the Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden. I also read several months ago Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. Despite knowing the premise, you learn so much more about the Kennedy’s, specifically Jackie, all narrated by one of the secret service agents assigned to her detail. Both were fabulous and highly recommended.
Other books on my list to read include:
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
- Hidden Wives by Claire Avery
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
If there’s one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?
I’m not sure I would change anything. Sure, I don’t necessarily agree with certain politics, or actions others take, but I think that everything I’ve faced or read about or even have seen on TV have made me stronger. And it’s helped me gain perspective, patience and understanding.
Famous last words:
My childhood idol was Mr. Rogers. I have a signed picture from him in my kitchen and look at each morning. His famous words apply to everyone, “You make each day special just by being you!”