2013 – 2014 Elections
Director of External Relations and Communications
Director, Chemical Sciences Career Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Why are you interested in serving Midwest ACE through this position?
I believe that our regional associations are of vital importance to our profession. Midwest ACE provides us with excellent occasions for professional growth and networking connections. Since my own career has been enriched by my involvement with regional associations, I welcome the opportunity to give back to Midwest ACE in this role. Previously, I have served as a volunteer, presenter, Committee Chair and member of the Communications & Marketing Committee, and Co-Chair of the Trends in Recruiting Conference and have learned a great deal about our association through those experiences. I have worked to foster contacts with many college and employer members in the association and throughout our region and believe that those connections will help me link with current and new colleagues in the Midwest ACE region. In particular, our new Partnerships program is an excellent one and I would love to use those connections I have made and my previous experience with the Communications & Marketing committee in this role.
What skills and experiences do you have that have prepared you to be successful in this role?
As mentioned previously, I have served as Committee Chair and member of the Communications & Marketing Committee. I have also served as the Co-Chair of the Trends in Recruiting Conference and managed sponsorships and exhibitors on several additional conference committees. In all of these roles I have had to connect with others within and outside of Midwest ACE to create vital partnerships and to create a number of marketing and publicity pieces to entice others to participate.
I also have strong organizational skills and multiple experiences with two different regional associations, which would allow me to incorporate ideas to help make Midwest ACE even stronger.
What ideas and/or goals do you have for this position?
While the board has discussed many goals to help strengthen Midwest ACE’s outreach in this area, I definitely want to capitalize on the excellent resources we currently have in the management team of Clemons and in the outstanding committee leadership and membership of both the Communications and Marketing Committee and the Partnership Committee. However, I would particularly like to see the Corporate and College Partnership Program grow. A great deal of time and effort was put into creating the program and it is an excellent one. I would like to work to emphasize the importance of the program and how it can help both college and employer members maximize their visibility within the organization, access to members, and additional perks that make membership and involvement easier on partners, thus engaging more partners and providing benefits to both the partners and the Midwest ACE organization.