You Get Out What You Put InJune 2, 2017 | Career Management, Networking
By Candee Wolf, MWMC President 2017-2018
I joined Minnesota Women in Marketing & Communications a few years ago to branch out my network in addition to the other organizations I belong to. As a firm believer in “you get out what you put in,” I volunteered and was assigned to help build MWMC’s Glass Crashers mentoring program. Shortly after, I ended up on the board. Though unexpected, the board opportunity was welcomed. It had been several years since I was actively involved on a board and it felt like the right time to do so again. Fast forward a couple of years and I’m starting my term as President of MWMC for 2017-2018.
There Are a Few Lessons Here:
Get involved; don’t be an idle participant. This can apply to many aspects of life but is especially relevant when you belong to a member organization. Go to events, volunteer on a committee, consider board involvement, network with other members. This is your membership – make the most of the opportunities available to you.
Get out of your comfort zone. I had never built a mentoring program before and wasn’t sure where to start. I could have asked for another role I felt more comfortable with; however, I embraced the opportunity as a challenge that resulted in the addition of new skills and experiences. Icing on the cake? I was awarded Volunteer of the Year for my efforts.
Embrace unplanned opportunities and follow the journey as it unfolds. You may end up on an amazing path you simply had not expected and meet lots of inspiring people along the way.
I hope you’ll join us for an upcoming event such as the Small Business/Solopreneur Peer-to-Peer Lunch on June 15 or the Peer Mixer on August 17 co-hosted with other local associations. We’re also in the process of finalizing our event calendar for the complete 2017-2018 MWMC year so please stay tuned for more info.
Looking to get involved? We have volunteer opportunities for all skill levels and interests. Not yet a member? Join MWMC, step out of your comfort zone and embrace a new opportunity. I’m proof that a decision to join can lead to incredible journeys and lasting friendships!