How did you become involved with New York Women in Communications?
I got involved through my former manager, Lisa Caputo, who, at that time, was executive vice president of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Citi. At the time, NYWICI was honoring Lisa with a Matrix Award. This was the first time I had heard about New York Women in Communications. I was working in Finance at Citi. I am not a marketer by education. However, working with Lisa, I became more involved in marketing. When I attended a meeting about the Matrix Awards, I thought, “Wow, what an amazing organization! I just have to get involved.” Soon after, I became a member and the rest is history!
As president of the Foundation Board, what is your vision for the future of NYWICI?
One of the core values of NYWICI is helping women succeed at all levels and stages of their careers. So my hope is that we will be able to significantly increase the funds we have available to support scholarships and member empowerment grants in order to continue helping the next generation of communicators with their professional development.
With some career paths disappearing and new ones emerging, where do you see the future of the Communications industry heading?
I think there are some things that will never change around communications, such as the importance of telling a good story and having a message that is relevant to your audience and that resonates with their mindset.
What do young women need to create successful careers in the communications industry?
I think that in terms of knowledge we often overlook the basics of understanding how to write, how to organize one’s thoughts in a compelling way, and how to communicate and work with people.
When my parents were starting out in their careers, you could expect to work in the same company for 30 to 40 years. With my generation, maybe it is 15-20 years. However, in your generation and the generations to come, it’s not about long-term employment; it’s about long-term employability, which means you have to be the CEO of your own career. NYWICI wants to help students gain access to the industry and to help them understand the full range of career opportunities available. We can play an instrumental role in helping young women to build success skills and habits to help them navigate a rapidly changing employment and communications landscapes.
— Christine Simpson, Mandy Carr
On Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, the NYWICI Foundation’s High School Outreach initiative will present the third annual Careers in Media Day event for high school girls. Registration opens on Sept. 14, 2015.
Between rushing to class, homework, practice and studying for that quiz on Monday, you may be wondering how you will reach your professional career goals to become a future communications’ rock star. Well… imagine writing successful blog posts on topics that interest you, or developing engaging content for social media outlets like Tumblr and Snapchat for a living! These are just a few of the many jobs you can have with a career in the communications and media technology fields.
The NYWICI Foundation’s High School Outreach initiative [HSO] creates engaging college and career education programming for 9th-12th grade high school girls. On Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8:30am- 3:00pm, HSO will present the third annual Careers in Media Day event for high school girls. Last year, more than 100 teens attended this high impact career and personal development program. Communications and media technology business leaders and professionals from a wide range of industries come together to share knowledge, insight, advice and tips with teens to help them plan for their future. Students spend a day attending various panel discussions, receive scholarship information and network with each other and seasoned communications’ professionals.
Registration for this year’s event opens on Sept. 14. For a limited time, the registration will be free for high school students only. College students can attend for a nominal fee of $20. College students, share this event with your high school alma mater so they can take advantage of the free registration period. We encourage group registrations. Space is limited and event reaches capacity quickly, so register early. See you there!
College Students: Be sure to also save the date for our 2015 Student Career Conference on Nov.7, 2015, at NYU.