One of the first things Nick Lucido, the then Immediate Past President, told my first National Committee for 2011-2012 when I was the vice president of public relations was "this year will go by quickly and you only have one year to make a difference. That's all you get so you have to make the most of it." Three years later and three National Committees later, it's been a crazy, fun, interesting, exciting ride. I didn't know I would have a chance to serve three National Committees and I'm extremely glad I did. Each of the Committees were extremely different from the one before and I got to work with many different leaders and personalities.
One of the things we talked about at this National Assembly in Charleston, SC (my last PRSSA event) was the impact we leave on people's lives. No matter if we meet someone for a minute or know someone for 10 years, we have a chance to make a real impact on someone. We literally touch lives in ways we may never know.
Whether you're a Chapter leader or a national leader in PRSSA, take every moment you can to make a difference and leave the Society better than it was before.
Part of leaving the Society better is having a good transition. Always make sure you have a few meetings with the person taking over after your time is over. It's important to talk to the new leader about what worked, what didn't work, what you wish would have happened and goals for the future. During the transition, it's a good time for the incoming leader to listen and ask questions. Make sure part of the legacy you leave is leaving a good transition so the success continues.
This applies to the real world as well. When you begin a new position, think about how much that transition means to you and how it develops you. As you rise through the ranks, always make sure you take time to help the new people transitioning as well. It's also very important to help others as you grow. Remember what it was like when you were a student or brand new professional and all the questions you had. Continue to take time to help others.
I still can't believe my time in PRSSA is almost over, but I believe I helped the Society grow and I hope I helped a few members grow as well. I hope a part of my legacy will be that I helped others and made a difference.
I can't wait to continue to make a difference and give back in PRSA and hope to help grow more leaders while I continue to grow and learn myself.
Thank you to everyone who made a difference in my five years with PRSSA! Too many to name, but I really do want to thank you all because you all made an impact on my life.