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There is an old Yiddish proverb that has steered Molly Rawn through life so far: “Man plans, God laughs.”
Rawn once dreamed of being an English teacher or a stage actress but wound up as a nonprofit fundraiser and now the CEO of Fayetteville’s tourism department. Along the way, she attended three colleges, got married and had three children.
“Life is an adventure,” Rawn said. “You can try to chart your own course to the extent that you can, but at some point you have to lean into what life throws you.”
Rawn spent most of her professional career in fundraising positions for northwest Arkansas nonprofits because she “wanted to make a difference.” She was director of development and helped open the Scott Family Amazeum museum before returning to work in Fayetteville in 2016.
“I did not expect my career path would lead me to tourism,” Rawn said. “It was really a bit of serendipity when I saw the job come open. Getting to work in Fayetteville for Fayetteville in a job that consists of all things Fayetteville was too good to pass up.”