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McKenzie Robinson | SBJ

2022 40 Under 40: Philip Herzog

Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc.

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Last edited 8:36 a.m., March 8, 2022

Every day, Philip Herzog tries to find one simple act that helps him serve those around him, even if it is as small as taking out a full wastebasket. It reminds him to roll up his sleeves when needed and sets the tone for how he interacts with others – from his first management position at MaMa Jean’s Natural Foods Market to his current job as director of development and community engagement at Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc.

Herzog, 24, says the thing people remember the best is how you make them feel. He brings that mindset to the nine programs, 60 staff, 4,000 volunteers and thousands of donors he interacts with for Council of Churches.

Yet, his proudest moment was when he helped friends stuck overseas during the COVID-19 shutdowns. When Herzog found out, he gathered support and contacted a Missouri senator who helped expedite the process of getting his friends home.

Best productivity hack? Rest.

Professional aha moment? As a young professional, knowing your “place” in the room can be uncertain. If you’re in the room, you have a place. If you’re not in the room, find a way in. Own your value and hold it with open hands.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Work smarter, not harder. Seek, praise and support the value in others, no matter who they are.


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