2018 Minnie Rubek Staff Excellence Award

Erin Kurt
Vice President of District Operations
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Erin Kurt is the Vice President of District Operations for Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa (JAEI) and has worked at the regional organization for over 13 years.  Erin began as an Education Director and currently leads the development, education and IT departments. She is responsible for all regional processes, program quality standards and operational procedures.  She was instrumental during the past program year as JAEI experienced double digit student growth while simultaneously undergoing technology and database transitions.

Through her work with administrators, teachers, community volunteers, classroom mentors and board members at JAEI, as well as her personal volunteer efforts, Erin has demonstrated a disciplined approach of investing in our community that not only sustains but inspires others to do the same.  She truly gives of herself and leads by example. She is a team player and assists others without expectation of reciprocity.

Her leadership has been instrumental in establishing high-performing benchmarks for volunteer retention, classroom participation, students served, and has given JAEI the prestigious ranking of 53% market share of students served. Erin is often asked to serve on national task forces and committees to mentor other colleagues throughout the nation.

Erin’s work ethic, her positive attitude and her unwavering integrity are genuine assets to JAEI.