Current Job Title:
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Describe your current job:
I serve as a communications manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. The Kellogg Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies in the U.S., we support thriving children, working families and equitable communities. In this role, I contribute to raising awareness and support for the foundation’s mission, vision and priorities through a comprehensive strategic communications program. I'm responsible for implementing a wide range of communications strategies, to support the execution of communications tools, tactics and activities to the foundation’s key internal and external audiences. Think - public relations + organizational communication + marketing/branding + diplomacy :) = my role.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The mission and the staff I work alongside are the most rewarding aspects of my job. Children are at the heart of everything we do, this is what drew me to the foundation. Also, the staff are brilliant, passionate and extremely committed to the work, I believe this is why people stay. The most challenging aspect of our work is maintaining a strategic focus while remaining nimble for the emerging needs of the communities we serve. We could do a lot of things but it is important to us to be extremely focused so we can have an immediate and sustainable impact.
What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?
Campus involvement and study abroad changed the game for me. I was very involved on campus, including leadership with RSOs and my fraternity. I often reference my experience as the president of the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) as one of the best teams I had been on. We worked with passion, commitment and accountability, achieving things that seemed out of reach. A shining moment was when I was crowned Homecoming King, we led a deliberate campaign that led to my selection, it was a shared achievement. It was during my study aboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina that I discovered my passion of the nonprofit sector and its service to those that need it the most.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
Start your search early and apply often. Leverage your existing network to find opportunities. I often find that many recent graduates are disappointed that they don't find their dream job right away. Don't be discouraged, each role has something to offer that will get you closer to where you want to be. Focus on pursuing your purpose and you'll find a rewarding and satisfying career. If there isn't a lane, create one. Be strong and take risks, if one door closes another one will open. I started at my current organization as an intern, two positions later, I realize it was taking risks, working hard and believing that got me here.