Meet Stephanie Grant28 Dec 2009, by Meet our Members in
Schoolcraft, Mich. (near Kalamazoo)
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
Three words that best describe me:
Ambitious, thankful, active
When I’m not working, you could find me…
Traveling! Running, hiking, exploring San Diego, relaxing by the pool with a book, volunteering at Helen Woodward Animal Center (basically anything outdoors or near water). My favorite times are spent with my husband, our dogs and good friends.
My Life in Communications
The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
One of my favorite career challenges occurred regularly when I was the spokesperson for the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments in Minnesota. From bomb threats to shootings to plane crashes, I dealt with them all in that role (yes, we had a small airport and actually had a fatal crash once). It was truly the kind of job where you never knew what the day would bring, or which reporter would be calling.
I find crisis communications challenging, yet extremely rewarding. It certainly keeps you on your toes. And, contrary to popular belief, government work was quite innovative (our leadership had blogs back in 2002).
My favorite communications memory is…
In 2005 I was working for Wells Fargo and living in Minneapolis. I had a work event in San Francisco and my husband met me afterward for a vacation. We explored SF, then rented a car and drove down the coast, stopping in Carmel, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and, finally, San Diego. We sat in La Jolla Cove one day and talked about how amazing it would be to live here. Little did we know, that dream would soon come true.
A job in Wells Fargo’s San Diego office opened one week after we returned from vacation and I applied. I got the job and we started the relocation process within a month of returning from vacation. It was meant to be that I ended up as a communicator (and IABC member) in San Diego!
The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
One day at my first job, my manager told me to “toughen my hide” and not take things at work too personally. It was great advice then and it’s still great advice today. Work is work. You can’t take everything to heart or it will drive you crazy.
Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Everything offered by IABC! It’s such a wealth of resources. From publications to research and several online communities, the IABC website is one of the best sources I know for learning about current trends and best practices. I also highly recommend the IABC-Pacific Plains Region regional conference. I had the opportunity to go last year and it was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended.
I love reading, but I don’t read business books as often as I should. A few of my favorite non-business books include They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Marley and Me, Freakonomics, The Glass Castle, Water for Elephants, and anything by Jane Green, Philippa Gregory, Emily Giffin, or Jennifer Weiner.
You should know this about me…
I’ve been a member of IABC for eight years. During that time I’ve held several volunteer roles. I can honestly say that I began to get more out of my membership when I started volunteering. It really opens your eyes to a whole new world of opportunity. I encourage others to get involved and I’d be happy to chat about various ways to volunteer with IABC-San Diego.
- Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist, Scripps Health, San Diego (Oct. 2008–Current)
- Assistant Vice President, Public Relations, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis and San Diego (Aug. 2004–Oct. 2008)
- Public Information Officer/Community Relations Specialist, City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota (April 2001– Aug. 2004)
- Public Relations Associate, Weber-Shandwick International, Detroit (May 2000–Aug. 2000)
- TV Reporter/Anchor, HOM-TV, East Lansing, Michigan (Oct. 1999–April 2000)
- Volunteer at Helen Woodward Animal Center since 2007
- Member of IABC since 2002 and volunteer since 2004
- Former member Junior League of San Diego and Junior League of Minneapolis