Nov 16 2011

Give A Gift! by Gabrielle Simpson

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at my alma mater’s fall graduate orientation for Public Relations. By visiting Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., I was reminded that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone can make a significant difference in someone else’s life.

Welcoming questions from those who strive to excel in the media industry, I am continually grateful to those who do the same for me. I have many mentors who encourage me to stay in contact regularly, always stressing the importance of effective networking.

I received many thanks for sharing my journey from graduate school to my day-to-day responsibilities as Manager of Communications at CBS. Though conversing comes natural for many, some overlook the contributions these interactions can bring. It’s one thing to read statistics or to be told something secondhand, but experiencing something in person can speak volumes. A visual serves as hard evidence.

I am sure many of us have heard the expression, “I wish I knew then what I know now”; well, kudos to those who pave the way, by giving back. Hopefully, I left the graduate students at Iona with the importance of touching base, following up and effectively establishing a network.

By simply sharing a career story, one can be inspirational. It’s vital to give back, and to use what’s given to you. Continue to teach, learn and network, knowing that all works for the greater good. Knowing that you hold the keys to success is awesome, but also using those keys to open doors is just as pertinent.