I hope everyone’s 2013 ended on a high note and you are ready to tackle 2014 with personal and professional goals.
I would like to thank Immediate Past President Debra Bethard-Caplick for working tirelessly on the Suburban Chicago Chapter. Through her leadership, the chapter was able to grow to over 100 members and rebuild its image. Debra inspired me to take on a leadership role within the chapter and I am thankful for the knowledge she passed on to me and for the support she has given me during my service as Secretary and President-elect. Debra will continue to be part of the chapter and is going to concentrate on membership, while also providing guidance to the board.
I am excited to take on this new role as President of the Suburban Chicago Chapter. I have more than 8 years of experience in a public relations/marketing communications role at both nonprofit and corporate organizations. My passion for public relations and marketing communications type work began back in eighth grade when I was on the yearbook team. Not only did I have to write the articles for the yearbook, but I also had to lay out the yearbook–using the paste-up method! Today, I am fully submerged in digital public relations, while understanding when traditional methods are needed.
Our new board members will be announced at our first meeting of the year. We are all committed to making the Suburban Chicago Chapter of PRSA an excellent resource for your career goals. From training to networking, we strive to offer current topics to our members in order to enhance your career.
Please, feel free to contact me with any suggestions to improve our Chapter. Also, if you are looking to have a leadership role on the board, we have several opportunities available. See below for links to my social profiles.
Here’s to a new year, with new ideas that advance the profession!
Stephanie Z. Gandsey