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There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to join a professional organization. Does it provide valuable networking opportunities? Will I learn tools and strategies that make me better at what I do every day? Are there volunteer opportunities available? Will I have fun?
I have found all of those qualities in The Association for Women in Communications – Austin Professional Chapter, and I’m excited to tell you a little about them as another “Organization I Love.”
About the organization – In the words of the organization, The Association for Women in Communications champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. AWC’s Austin Professional Chapter, the largest chapter in the U.S., provides valuable communication resources and hosts events throughout the year that appeal to women of all disciplines and experience levels.
How I’m involved – I was introduced to AWC Austin through their monthly luncheon series. After attending Get Smart – AWC Austin’s award winning professional development conference – I knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of. Everyone I met was excited to share their experiences and open to learn from one another. Not long after joining as a member, I began volunteering on the marketing committee for Banner Brunch, AWC’s annual awards program and celebration. I’m now leading the marketing committee for Get Smart 2012.
Why I love it – There are a plethora of Austin communications organizations to choose from, but AWC Austin is the only one where I have met women communication professionals from all industries, backgrounds and experience levels. Although I’ve only been a member for a year, I’ve been surprised at all of the great connections I have made already. More so, my involvement with AWC Austin connects me with invaluable communications resources and teaches me new skills and applications that I’ve been able to apply directly to my career.
How you can get involved – AWC Austin’s monthly luncheons, the annual Get Smart Conference and Banner Brunch are open to nonmembers. Becoming a member, though, comes with a plethora of benefits and exclusive events, such as:
• Careers Over Coffee – Monthly breakfast meetings where small groups of members gather for good conversations and to discuss career-related topics;
• Connect Over Cocktails – A monthly happy hour with another communications organization in Austin, providing delicious libations and excellent networking;
• Freelance Austin – A small interest group (and one of Austin’s best resources) for freelance writers, graphics designers and other independent communicators;
• AWC Austin’s Active Listserv – Users share industry-related questions and answers online with more than 200 AWC Austin members;
• Exclusive access to educational and professional resources, including the job bank, resume review and mentoring programs; and
• Leader Lunches – An intimate lunch with 15 or fewer current AWC Austin members and a leading professional in the communications industry.
Are you intrigued yet? I hope so. Learn more at www.AWCAustin.org or leave me a message below to find out more about why AWC Austin is an Organization I Love.