January 13 – Katie Thomas, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Scripps PRSSA was more than pleased to welcome Katie Thomas from Nationwide Children’s Hospital to speak to the Chapter.

Katie Thomas, APR, has more than 15 years’ experience across the spectrum of the marketing and communications field. Katie is an account manager on the consumer marketing team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she focuses on community wellness, behavioral health and population health initiatives. Katie is a long time member of Central Ohio PRSA. She has served on the liaison and programs committees, national PRSA Young Professional Mentor Program, on the board of directors, treasurer and now as president. For her commitment, in 2018, she received the Walt Seifert Award for Outstanding Service.

Key highlights include:

  • When you start out at one job, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck there for life.
  • “You can carve out your own path”
  • “The one thing I look for on intern resumes is if they are a dues paying PRSSA member. It shows commitment.”
  • It’s all about who you know, so make sure you’re networking as much as possible.
  • When you’re in a small office, it’s important to be well-rounded because you all pitch in to get things done.
  • “Sometimes you mess up and that’s okay!”
  • Always listen to your gut. If you have a weird feeling about something, trust your instincts
  • APR – look into obtaining this or other credentials
  • Keep in touch with past advisors and people you meet as an intern. You never know when they will be able to help you out!
  • Population health – doing work in the community and focusing on preventative measures
  • Study your audience so you can best target them

Tips from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Employees:

  • Don’t take edits to your writing personally. Write and write well.
  • Do what you enjoy doing and find work/life balance.
  • Do things outside of your comfort zone and stretch yourself. Don’t be afraid to fail because when you do, you’re going to learn something new.
  • Challenge the cultural norm. Don’t conform to what society expects of you.
  • Do things too big to do alone. Collaborate with intelligent people.
  • Networking is important but building personal relationships is more important. Ask people about themselves! Take the time to get to know people.
  • Take time to give back to your local community. You can make a difference!
  • Once you land a job, don’t stop networking!
  • Money is not the most important thing in the world. Do what you love to do and it will all work out.

Get involved with PRSA as a student!

Sydney Davis is a senior studying journalism, strategic communication and the current VP of Public Relations for Scripps PRSSA. Follow her on Twitter @_sydneyadavis!

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