This article is a part of the "My Experience with MEG" series, in which past recipients discuss how the Membership Empowerment Grant enhanced their careers.
I knew I wanted to go into communications since I was 16-years-old. I understood the power a news article or video had to enlighten and influence their audience. I worked hard to make sure I was able to open every door necessary to be successful in this career, including leaning on New York Women in Communications early on in my studies. As a two-time scholarship winner at 18 and 19-years-old, I met women who mentored me and helped me make connections that led me to intern and work for some of the most prestigious PR companies in the world. However, after a while working in my comfortable PR job, I suddenly realized that a career wasn't supposed to be linear — but that growth and transitions can take different trajectories.
A year after graduating with my Bachelor of Science, I decided to return to school for my Masters of Science in urban policy analysis and advocacy. I was hoping to merge my background in communications with my passion for social change. Despite the transition, NYWICI provided additional financial support for my studies through its Membership Empowerment Grant. The grant went towards a media and politics course I took during the last presidential election, helping me further my strategic skills in media, framing and storytelling, and gave me the tools to employ other tactics to influence the public.
NYWICI describes itself as supporting women in communications throughout their careers, from college to c-suite. Opportunities like the Membership Empowerment Grant demonstrate how NYWICI invests in our careers — no matter at what stage — and acts as a true champion for women empowerment.
The New York Women in Communications' annual Member Empowerment Grant is for NYWICI members of at least three consecutive years who want to pursue professional development opportunities. Awards are granted for continuing education courses, conference attendance, career coaching and more. Grants are paid directly to an institution and not to recipients. Winners must be present at the NYWICI Annual Meeting held each May, and use their grant within one year.