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Pop Quiz, Monday with Victoria Dupuy

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Victoria Dupuy

What is your job role?
Founder/Executive Director

Tell us about your company?
In 2013 my life took an unexpectedly tragic turn when my husband Dean died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 46. Dean led a very active lifestyle and certainly did not fit the profile of someone who was at risk for a heart attack. He had been for his annual exam months prior and passed all the standard tests. Upon Dean’s death, I immersed myself in learning all I could about heart disease, early detection and who really is at risk.

As I shared my story with friends, family and the community, I quickly realized that I was not alone. Many, many other people shared an experience like mine. The common thread though was that none of us were aware of a simple test that could have saved our loved one’s lives…the coronary artery calcium scan. It is because of this lack of available information on this life-saving test that I decided to create my non-profit No More Broken Hearts.

The mission of No More Broken Hearts is to provide education and awareness that a Coronary Artery Calcium Scan can save your life by identifying heart disease (plaque)at its earliest stages. Coronary Artery disease is the #1 killer of men and woman, and yet it is largely preventable and can be reversible, and until you have a heart scan, you may never know that you have it–until it’s too late. I do truly believe the every heart matters, and when a heart breaks its not just the one heart that breaks, it is all the hearts that are left behind that are broken. This test has been around for over 20 years, and the fact that most of us don’t even know it exists is not right. There have been thousands of studies and clinical trials that continue to show the validity of this scan are identifying disease early. The Coronary Artery Calcium Scan is not another risk predictor for heart attacked it is actually identifying the disease, similar to a Mammogram.

In the four years since establishing No More Broken Hearts, I been interviewed by local and national radio programs and publications, have been a guest speaker for numerous local and national organizations. I have also become involved in several medical organizations and initiatives that are trying to make policy changes in how we treat heart disease. But my most exciting accomplishment is my involvement in the development and upcoming launch of the mobile coronary artery calcium scan bus and In A Heartbeat Study.

What do you love most about your job?
I would definitely say the people that I had had the honor to connected with and more importantly the people that had had a heart scan and discovered disease before it was too late. By sharing the importance of why every man and woman over the age of 45 need to have coronary artery calcium scan. I truly believe that knowledge is power and by sharing this information I feel that I am making a difference in helping people become their own healthcare advocate.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
That even if one more person learns about the CAC scan and even better if they get the test, I am making a difference and potentially helping to save a life. After Dean died, I learned to really appreciate that I get to get out of bed every day and experience a new day in this life. I have wonderful support in our community, and every day I never know who I am going to meet and whose life I may make a difference in by sharing about No More Broken Hearts and the importance of CAC scans.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I have the greatest team of intelligent, caring, compassionate individuals who have been in my life for years. They all have their own unique strengths which when pulled together creates the dream team. What inspires me is their willingness to be invaluable resources to our organization. We are all volunteers, working hard to make a difference.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We are a small nonprofit making a big difference – Our motto is “Go Big or Go Home.” We get together bi-monthly for our board meetings, and we always share a meal (I cook for the team) and always toast our accomplishments and express gratitude. We are all very heart-centered and have great respect for one another. Our annual events always include dancing, live music and lots of love because we believe life needs to be celebrated.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Working as part of a small team can be a challenge. We want to do big things, but at this point, we are a grassroots organization (with only 5 board members). We hope that 2019 is a transformative year for NMBH and look forward to bringing on new team members and resources.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
There will be hiccups. We were all set to roll out our In A Heartbeat Study and my team, and I worked non-stop for weeks lining up 100 participants only to have a set back which required us to reschedule our scanning dates. It was disappointing, but I was reminded that many organizations have rollouts that do not go as planned and rescheduling launches happen all the time.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
I think starting any business or non-profit you can’t do it alone. You have to build your contacts and network. I have been very blessed at the many contacts I have made and have been referred to as No More Broken Hearts. I also think anyone interested in creating a non-profit needs to keep in mind that it takes time to grow and to push forward even when you feel like giving up. It will happen if passion and determination are there. And build your dream of individuals that that share the vision and passion as well.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web: