2017 Culture Shapers: The Self-Starter, Amy Boland

By Leigh Harper, October 5, 2017

Amy Boland works in Atlanta as an events director for Apartment Life and running her own organization, The 61 Exchange. As a 2017 Culture Shaper, she discusses her passion for the events industry.

To say Atlanta-based Amy Boland has her hands full would be an understatement. Boland manages two separate event-planning jobs and regularly volunteers, serving college students at her church and others in the community.

As the national fundraising events director for Apartment Life, Boland creates and implements events to serve and build community among apartment residents in cities across the nation. Boland will facilitate 15 events in the coming year in cities like Dallas; Atlanta; and Washington, D.C. This fall, she is leading events projected to raise $900,000.

In her role as founder and executive director of The 61 Exchange, Boland designs and executes events where women can share and hear others’ stories of redemption. The Bible verse and concept behind the organization’s name is Isaiah 61:3, which says the Lord will give a crown of beauty for ashes and joy for mourning. “I love starting things from the ground up—I see myself as a catalyst,” Boland says.

In addition to founding The 61 Exchange and developing the fundraising model for Apartment Life, Boland cofounded Project Backyard before she moved to Atlanta. The nonprofit organization based in Thomasville, Georgia, deploys volunteers to serve in local projects like grocery giveaways and cookouts in low-income communities.

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