With her military service and more than 19 years of experience, when it comes to career advice, she doesn’t look to the past but rather focuses on the future and encourages others to do the same. Knight knows that today’s digital world and distractions can be overwhelming, so she encourages others to manage and eliminate the noise and stay focused. Specifically, stay focused on what you’re passionate about. Although the passion may take some time to find, it is the key to success.
She turned to retired Navy Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, who encouraged her to take time to clearly define goals and have a clear path on how to achieve those goals. Knight witnessed Raquel practice not just the golden rule, but her redefined platinum rule of “treating others exactly the way they want to be treated.” Knight strives to emulate this approach in all that she does.
It’s clear that Knight has a very successful career and great advice to offer. Outside of the office, she is equally as impressive. She lives in Springfield with her husband, two sons, mother and mother-in-law. To say the least, she has a full house to keep track of! They picked Springfield because of the small, friendly neighborly feel, and because it reminded Knight of a favorite place she once lived, a small village in Cornwall, England.
When it comes to football, she’s more into it for the camaraderie and snacks. Her interest in the sport seems to be growing, thanks to her husband taking over their living room. While Baylor University is her alma mater, the Gators now have a soft spot in her heart as an employee at UF Health.
For her next vacation, she hopes to conquer her fear of heights and ride a rollercoaster for the first time. It seems like she’ll need some encouragement, so this could be an agenda item during your next meeting with her. And when she’s not here on campus, you may find her at an auction or estate sale, or spending time in her garden.
If you haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, you will soon. She is generous, energetic and her passion for the community and our enterprise is amazing. Her energy is infectious and she will most certainly put a smile on your face.