Stacey Nardozzi – President
Spending my senior year as the leader of a pre-professional organization like PRSSA has been the most challenging but rewarding experience in my college career. Being President means so much more than just a hierarchical title to me. PRSSA has been the reason that my young career has seen tremendous growth and molded me into the professional that I want to be. When I first applied for this position, I wanted to be able to show other people just how beneficial being a part of this organization really is. My involvement began in GrandPR and from there blossomed into a passion for not only PR but for our PRSSA Chapter. I want my colleagues to succeed and enjoy the careers that they are going to embark on. If you are considering applying for President, there are a few skill sets that are important to have.
The first would be a willingness to travel. Our Chapter frequently travels to both regional and national events and the President has to be willing to be at most if not all events. These events include Leadership Rally in June, National Conference in October, Region 6 Regional Conference and agency tours/trips that we frequent.
Managerial skills are also very important. The President has to be able to successfully manage the other Eboard members while also being aware of not micromanaging. Simple things such as scheduling meeting times, communicating via email and setting deadlines for specific tasks are ways what the President manages. Also being able to think on your feet and know how to handle sensitive situations without damaging the relationship between your VPs is important. You all work as a team and it’s important to maintain cohesion and a productive team environment.
The President is the liaison between National PRSSA and the Chapter. Any events, scholarship opportunities, awards, competitions, Twitter chats and more are perks that members need to know about, it is important that members know and are encouraged to participate in National initiatives.
The President also has do understand basic budgeting. The President works alongside the VP of Member Services to create the yearly budget to ensure that the Chapter has enough funds to be successful in the year.
Being President, I have had the opportunity to network not only with professionals but other PRSSA members across the United States. I got to attend great leadership workshops and expanded my knowledge of current PR trends. This is a great opportunity for any public relations student looking to be a leader and develop their future career.
To contact Stacey with any questions, email her at StaceyNardozzi@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @StaceyNardozzi.