The Making of a Leader – EACE Director of Professional Development
Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Saint Joseph’s University
Why are you in a leadership position with EACE?
The short answer is, my colleagues inspire me, it was probably a total accident and I like to say yes. The longer answer is that I got involved on a committee within EACE the same year that I became a member. I didn’t join EACE for the heck of it. I wanted to be involved in something bigger than the place where I was working at the time, something that complemented my role in employer relations, but also exposed me to new people and new responsibilities. When I joined the Professional Exhchange committee, there was a co-chair position open and I was asked to step up and take it. I said yes. Fast forward 7 years…I now have an annual conference and participation on several committees under my belt, and I am in my first year serving as Director of Professional Development. I wouldn’t have stayed involved or continued to say yes if I wasn’t having fun or wasn’t being challenged. Throughout my time with EACE, I got to know several others in leadership positions and on committees – found them all to be truly amazing people (!!) – and decided that I wanted to learn from them and stay connected with them. Now, I’m serving with those people, and we’re working towards a shared vision of making EACE a robust, engaged and meaningful association. That is some awesome work, and that is why I’m in a leadership position with EACE.
This is an easy one! When you believe in the association and the people who make it great, it’s not a difficult decision. When I’m in the thick of the semester, or drowning in email, I look forward to working on EACE related items. I like the fact that EACE leaders are in a position to make a positive impact on the association, and that they work so hard to do just that. To me, that is time well spent!