Special interests

Volunteering

When I was a kid, I watched my parents do volunteer work along with holding down regular job and family responsibilities. They joyfully gave of their talent, time and money to help people in need. It showed me it was not just important to do, but it could also be fulfilling and fun.

My parents’ enduring enthusiasm and commitment inspired me to do the same, starting from a young age with my first volunteer stint as a hospital candy striper (remember those?). But I also remember my Mom drafting me to make posters and flyers for assorted needs at our church. She kept me going by endlessly praising my creativity — even though I thought “creative” meant “artist.” I’d always protest saying “I can’t draw, Mom.” Now I know that creativity means many things, including creative thinking. Yes, Mom knew best.

Many years later, helping others is still part of my life. My most recent volunteer projects:

  • I participated as a judge at a high school, faux-interviewing students focused on marketing careers. So fun meeting the future marketing leaders of the world!
  • I worked with the nonprofit I Support the Girls helping this worthwhile organization raise the awareness that women (especially those who are homeless or living in shelters) need feminine hygiene products and bras.

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being great role models!

Ahh … the smell of a school gym (where I did my judging) brings back memories!

Support the Girls

A woman shouldn’t have to choose between a hot meal and a bra or maxi pad. With your help, she doesn’t have to. (isupportthegirls.org)

professional development

I’ a voracious blog reader and podcast consumer. My tastes are eclectic, but I stay connected to several communication and marketing pubs and pros which helps me remain excited and knowledgeable about what I do. (I love marketing, so it’s not hard to stay excited.)

Things have been a little quiet on the face-to-face networking front for me, but I’m vowing to get out and meet other marketing pros and business owners in my new city. Over the years, I’ve done more than my fair share of attending professional/networking groups, like the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (KC/IABC) and  several chambers of commerce and small-business owner groups. At KC/IABC, I was on the board for eight years, served as its president (winning a global award for the chapter that year, BTW) — and I won an award for being incredible.

Now that I’m in Arizona, I’m researching networking groups where I can meet and greet and jump-start my metro-wide connections. If you have a suggestion, let me know.