This is a time of year to reflect on what we have and think about helping others.
I’m fortunate to have had a lot of support throughout my career, from family, from friends and from some of the outstanding people I’ve been lucky enough to work with.
One of the reasons I got involved with the IABC/San Diego board is because it’s important to me to pay it forward. I want to help the communications profession thrive and to help raise the profile of communicators in business. I also want to support the next generation of communicators, and am thrilled to be connecting with our student members as they make decisions about their futures in this field.
Engaging with a colleague to help guide their career or share lessons you have learned is a uniquely rewarding experience and an opportunity to expand your own professional development.
If you are interested in mentoring someone, but don’t know where to start, look no further than our Mentorship Program. We can help to pair you up with a mentee in need of guidance and give you a framework for volunteering your time. Learn more about our program and how to become a mentor or a mentee.
Engaging with the community can be equally rewarding and there are many organizations that need our support. Non-profits often run lean and do not have the funds to focus on communication. Through IABC’s “Gift of Communication” program, we are able to connect our members with some of these organizations and help them to navigate their communication challenges. IABC/San Diego is hosting its inaugural Gift of Communication event in February. Learn more about the program and how you can sign up to help.
Thinking about how you can help others may also inspire you to thank and recognize those who have been an example in your life. Nominations are now open for our inaugural Communicator of the Year Award. The award recognizes a greater San Diego area-based leader who demonstrates strategic excellence in communication and serves as an outstanding example to others through their quality of work and contributions to the communication profession. Learn more about the program and how to nominate a candidate.
As I close for this month, I’d like to give a big thanks to my amazing board. Their efforts enable our chapter to do more and achieve more. I’m ever grateful for their support.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving,
Kate Hardman, ABC
President IABC/San Diego