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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
September 2019 Issue
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • President's Letter
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Program: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.425 Downtown,

425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

Join us at 11:30 a.m. for networking

$16 for members

$10 for first time guests

$25 for guest’s second meeting

$10 for AWC students/student members
RSVPby 8/30/2019

Please note: No-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later than noon the day prior to the meeting) will be billed. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.

*Guests may attend up to two meetings without being an AWC member.


Upcoming Meetings:

All meetings at 425 Downtown, 425 West Walnut Street


September Speaker Series
READY TO LEARN, GROW, & NETWORK?

Our next AWC lunch will be Tuesday, September 3 (Tuesday after Labor Day). Please make sure you register by Friday, August 30. Our program will include a thought-provoking, honest, motivational, and amusing TedTalk from Shonda Rhimes. Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television every season, and she loves to work. “When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on her journey through her year of “yes” and find out how she got her hum back.
After we watch the video, we will open up the floor for a Q&A.

Friendly Reminder of our AWC Tuesday Speaker Series Lunch Event Pricing

$16Registration
$18Late Registration (after 9/1)

$18Walk-In Registration

$10Student Registration

$12Student Late Registration (after 9/1)

$12Student Walk-In Registration

$10First-Time Guest Registration
$12First-Time Guest Late Registration(after 9/1)

$12First-Time Walk-In Registration

$25Repeat Guest Registration
$27Repeat Guest Late Registration (after 9/1)

$27Repeat Guest Walk-In Registration

Pondering from the President
Get Involved with AWC
Jessie Hughey, President

Are you too busy to take time for yourself and do something you enjoy? I am guilty of it more than most. I worry my to-do list is so full that I don’t have time to get more involved. It’s a hard thing for me to get past, but I continue to push myself to leave my list for a bit and get more involved. I think as working professionals we all have that reservation and need to move past “the list” to get more connected.

I have been part of AWC for four years and I’ve met some wonderful ladies. I would not have made these connections if I hadn’t left the office for a bit and took time away from the list so I could get involved. We all have a lot going on but getting involved in AWC, through committees or socials, is invaluable. The strength and knowledge we gain from each other is worth the time it takes.

This month, I encourage you to mark out time on your calendar. Attend a social or join a committee. I promise you will get more strength and energy than you imagined.

AWC National News

AWC Professional Development Conference

It’s not too late to join us for the AWC Professional Development Conference in St. Charles,Missouri. Come hear educational presentations by national speakers, participate in networking, and of course, there will be food and fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your business contacts and grow in your communications career knowledge.
**Shopping, carpooling, and room sharing are available and optional.
Details:
September 29–October 1
Embassy Suites Convention Center
St.Charles, Missouri
Registration fee: $390 (regular rate); $185 (student rate)
For more information, contact Mitzie Zerr (417) 818–2551
To register, log in to womcom.org.

 

AWC Chapter News

Find your tribe with The Association for Women in Communications
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is the premier organization for empowering women like you with the strength, support, and tools for elevating your career and becoming an agent of change in the industry. We are a network of like-minded women who are genuinely invested in helping you reach your potential.

If you are passionate for communications, driven toward greatness, motivated to lead, and inspired to elevate the future of this industry, join the thousands of women nationwide who have already discovered the benefits of AWC.
Plus, you can save $50 when you join between September 3rd and September 17th!
Learn more here.
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AWC Connects

Get to know other AWC members through AWC Connects. This is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with other members of AWC. Each month you are matched with another member to schedule lunch, drinks, a walk in the park . . .whatever works! To sign up for this month, email Mitzie Zerr (Mitzie.Zerr@yahoo.com).
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Volunteer Opportunity

In support of Habitat for Humanity, Women Build empowers women
who are most likely to be effected by the lack of safe, affordable housing. Join the AWC team in building or repairing a home.
When: Friday, September 13 from 9am-noon. If you can only make it
for an hour or two during the shift, that’s no problem!
Where: 2185 W. Volunteer Way, Springfield, MO 65803
What to Wear: Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Comfortable shoes are a must. Consider bug spray and sunscreen.
RSVP: Jacqueline Post know if you can make it:jpost@blucurrent.org

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September Social

AWC Nature Walk Social
When: September 20, 2019, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Rain date: September 23
Where:Springfield Nature Center

4601 S Nature Center Way
Springfield, MO 65804

Catch up with members while enjoying an easy walk around the nature center.

Bring your sack lunch and meet in the pavilion near the entrance at 12 p.m. We will enjoy lunch and chat with other members and guests before we take off on our nature walk at 12:15 p.m.

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September Membership Anniversaries:

Stephanie Clark — 1 year
Lauren Holder4 years


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New Member Spotlight

Amanda Williamson
Director of Communications, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Where do you work and what is your role there?

I work in the BKD national office Director of Communications. I manage our content team, design team and digital marketing team.

What attracted you to AWC?

A friend recommended the group to me a while back. When I took this job about a year and a half ago, I was looking for a way to get to know other professionals in the communications field that I could connect with and learn from. I looked into a few options, and AWC was the one I chose!

What is your business goal this year?

My team functions as an internal marketing agency for our 40 offices around the country. My biggest goal for this year is to implement a new work management system to minimize paperwork, automate our workflows and give our internal clients better visibility into their projects. We began implementing a system called Workfront in January, and we have now rolled out the system to two pilot offices. Phase 2 will be to add on the digital asset management (DAM) system. It has been a challenging but rewarding project.

What word best describes you?

Authentic. I’ve always struggled with small talk, and I hate when people wear masks or try to be something they’re not. I am who I am, and I’m generally very transparent about what I think and feel. I’m a very open and honest person, and I think most people appreciate that.

What is your motto in life?

If I had to pick one, I think it would be to love God and love people. (If I stole that from a church or a song, I apologize!) My faith is what makes me who I am. It’s what gives me the ability to see the world from the right perspective and truly care about others.

What are you most proud of?

I worked at one business for over 16 years, starting out as an intern and working my way up to Creative Director. I thought I would spend my whole career there. But then some things happened and I realized I needed to make a move. I had always believed that strength meant sticking it out and never giving up. But when this happened, I realized that starting over is much harder. I am proud that I had the guts to walk away from the career I had built and start building something even better.

What are your hobbies?

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is spending time with my amazing family. I am married (for almost 20 years) and have twin girls who are seven and going into second grade. They are so much fun at this age, and they still think it’s fun to hang out with mom and dad, so I’m savoring every minute! I love reading with them, playing with them, watching them play sports and taking them swimming.

What was the last book you read?

The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon. It’s a great book on bringing out the best in your team by loving and inspiring them and not allowing negativity to poison your culture.


 

 

 
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