#PRSSA: Leadership and Legacies

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.”

MemoriesThree 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.

Thank You

Learning from a friend: @BenButlerPR

I knew I was going to love Mr. Suit & Tie himself when I first met him and when I saw his passion for PRSSA (as well as dressing extremely well). If you don’t know Ben Butler, you need to get to know him.

I’ll admit that I made a mistake in thinking that as the Immediate Past President I wouldn’t be very close to the new National Committee members. This is my third National Committee…. and I love them as much as the others I have served. It was surprising to me to be honest as I had heard it would be different, but it’s an honor to serve with this talented Committee.

Ben is one that I’ve worked with more than others from brainstorming around current social ideas and telling him about the position since I served as the vice president of public relations in 2011. We also bonded over our extreme love of Starbucks and coffee. “I don’t want brewed by Starbucks, I want brewed AT Starbucks!” He’s become a really good friend to me and always cracks me up.

From time to time I’ll send him a little tip or a little note and I told him I hope he didn’t mind. His response:

“The details matter. I love that we hold each other accountable and are constantly suggesting ways to continue improving. If we aren’t moving forward then we are moving backwards. “

It’s great when you have friends, but it’s even better when they make you a better person that continues to help you learn too.

I really admire Ben for his innovation, creativity and drive. He’s taken the PRSSA social media accounts and the PRSSA Chapter News section to a different level and has done an impeccable job this year so far.

What I love most is that Ben is always willing to take tips and always wants to keep learning more. He asks a lot of great questions and is always genuinely curious. He’s the way we should all be: striving to learn more about everything.

Cheers to you Ben and thanks for being such a great friend, role model and inspiration!

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