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It’s an incredible thing when you can match your unique passion and skills to serve your local community in a great way. In the busyness of running a business and juggling life outside of work, it can often become easy to allow your focus to shift away from the importance of giving. But when you can infuse your business influence and acumen with local initiatives and organizations, the opportunities are endless.

For Leasha Flammio-Watson, owner of Flammio Financial Group, she sees it as a domino effect. “I don’t think just one person can make a difference, but one person can make a difference to another person and that can be contagious. It’s critical for everyone to step outside of their social circles and work together to improve the world around them,” she said.

 

Leasha and SistersFilling a Vital Role

Throughout the year, Flammio-Watson and her staff contribute to a variety of organizations right here in Brevard, which includes sponsorships for Breast Friends of Florida, Rhythm in Motion (Viera Dance Team), Candlelighters of Brevard, Friends for Animals Sanctuary, LEAD Brevard, American Cancer Society, The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Brevard Rescue Mission, KLD, Health First Foundation, and the Ascension Catholic School. Flammio-Watson also serves on various boards, including the Brevard Zoo and the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, as well as working on a number of committees through Community Foundation of Brevard.

“Every one of the organizations I support fills a vital role in our community. I’m especially interested in organizations that are geared toward supporting families with medical needs, such as the Scott Center and Candlelighters,” said Flammio-Watson. “I also love animals and support the Brevard Zoo and the Friends For Animals Sanctuary. I give to organizations in hopes of helping to resolve real challenges. If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.”

Not only does this belief align with Flammio-Watson’s own personal values, but also the values of her practice and staff. “Our company is focused on developing relationships to help our clients build for their future. Giving back to the community is just one way that we invest in our community to improve the future for all of us,” she said.

This past year, Flammio Financial Group was part of the Pink Heals National Tour, a program that brings communities together based on the love of women, caregivers, and their families, to raise funds for cancer research. The organization’s Pink Fire Truck made a stop at the Flammio Financial Group offices, where the Brevard community was given the opportunity to sign the truck in support.

 

pink healsEncouraging Community

Flammio-Watson also has a strong passion for the local and national women in business community, where she has had the opportunity to speak at conferences for professional women all over the country. “The most important thing we talk about is focusing on being a leader and not a ‘boss.’ Women have the ability to create, nurture, and transform in every aspects of our lives. No matter what your passion is, dedicate your energy and talents to making things better.”

For other business leaders looking to find a way to give back, Flammio-Watson encouraged, “Consider what your own passions are and make a commitment to organizations that effectively address those needs. If you are familiar with the work of the organization and its accomplishments, you are likely to feel more confident that your contributions are serving a worthwhile purpose.”


This article appears in the May 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Business.
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