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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: Whitney Distler

City Utilities of Springfield

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Whitney Distler prides herself in using creativity while serving as chief internal auditor for City Utilities. She has found unique and fun ways to present departmental meetings, like having board members play games with information presented.

“Engagement and interaction help the content presented become more understandable,” Distler, 37, says. “Audit presentations often have a reputation of being rather dull.”

She grew her leadership skills in her former role as chief financial officer at NewStream Enterprises. She had to navigate her team through the pandemic by ensuring everyone had the materials to work from home. From there, she continued her strong communication and guidance into her role at CU and says she believes her position there is a role of serving.

She takes any opportunity to help teach others and help them grow into higher positions. She also volunteers and donates to nonprofits, such as Convoy of Hope and Pregnancy Care Center, but says the best way she can give back to her community is by being a role model to her four children and raising them into good citizens.

Your first job? A taekwondo instructor for preschoolers.

Your proudest moment? Becoming a mom to my four amazing kiddos.

Best productivity hack? Using the Pomodoro Technique and finding a way to get movement into my day; both make a world of difference for me.

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