October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We talked to Megan Klink. Klink, CEO of Susan G. Komen Orange County, is committed to leading the organization in supporting breast cancer research, accessible screening, support services and grant funding for the local Orange County community.
Three years after completing her undergraduate degree, Klink entered the nonprofit world after working in luxury retail sales and management for St. John Knits and Giorgio Armani. Prior to that, she was part of the executive team at Working Wardrobes in Irvine, serving in an array of leadership positions including client services, development and social enterprises. Klink most recently worked in New York as director of strategic engagement and custom services for StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs, living in America.
Klink’s real passion lies in direct social services, creating a foundation for future critical initiatives around addressing breast health in the community, patient navigation and work in the metastatic community. Both of her grandmothers and her mother are breast cancer survivors, giving Klink a first-hand look at their treatment, emotional battles, and the special bond they formed with others who supported them to fight the disease. Klink has made it her mission to carry out the change she wants to see in the world—a personal and professional attribute to be leveraged in her role as CEO of Susan G. Komen Orange County.
Q&A with Megan.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Maintaining meaningful and lifelong friendships with other women.
What is your greatest extravagance? Meal delivery and taking baths.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Sense of humor.
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to play a musical instrument with proficiency.
What is your favorite occupation? My current job - my entire career in the nonprofit sector has been an honor and a privilege, knowing I am working towards making a positive impact for everyone in my community, every single day.
Regina Oswald collection Pink Scarf was made in partnership with Susan G. Komen Orange County. A portion of the proceeds helps support the fight against breast cancer.