Head back to school with #ELGLInspire. Next stop: Texas State University on April 2, 2019! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them on social media before and after the event!
Communications and Marketing Director, City of Round Rock, Texas
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Bus boy at The Courtyard restaurant in Houston
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
University of Texas at Austin- Journalism
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
Any involving writing, editing and design
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew, by Frederica Mathewes-Green. It’s a devotional book for the Orthodox season of Great Lent. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Orthodoxy. Mama Fred makes the ancient faith very accessible.
Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?
City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), and the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO)
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Show genuine enthusiasm for the job you’re looking for, and find the folks who are best in that field and reach out to them with specific questions.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Don’t do your homework on the City of Round Rock, and what makes us different. That’s a real deal-killer.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
You get to do meaningful work that truly affects people’s everyday lives.