Meet Rebecca Lechner!
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Q: Who are you, what drives you, what are you working on, and why are you inspired to make the world a better place?
RL: My name is Rebecca Lechner and I’m the communications manager for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA). As a former journalist, I think of myself as a storyteller and love to share the stories of the women and families we serve to educate others and further our reach. I am driven to make a difference for women with ovarian cancer – especially raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for ovarian cancer research. My passion is both professional and personal; I lost my mom to ovarian cancer nine years ago.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about the physical space you work in?
RL: At MOCA we have a solid sense of community and an amazing group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to the cause. We collaborate often and work as a team with a common goal. Oh, and it’s pretty cool that our office in South Minneapolis was once Jimmy Jam’s studio. Janet Jackson recorded Rhythm Nation here!
Q: What’s the last issue you personally advocated for – and why?
RL: Each year, I go to Washington, DC as part of Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. It is a thrilling feeling to be there, connecting with our representatives and asking for vital funding that will make a difference in women’s lives.
Q: What excites you most about Upswell?
RL: I am so excited to get new ideas and network with others in the nonprofit and business community. I am so excited to bring new ideas from Upswell back to Minnesota!