By: Jaclyn Ermoyan

My three years of membership in PRSSA has done nothing short of inspire and empower me every-other week. On January 25, another amazing speaker, Jill Wallace, joined us to talk about what it’s like to be a Chief Marketing Officer of a non profit organization. Wallace gave us a background on her professional experience and advice that all PRSSA members can relate to. Here are some key takeaways:

Pay your dues. “Work really hard while you’re young so you can have a family later.” Wallace did this in her one year experience working at Rivertown Crossings, where she often found herself running the carousel.

Land a job that’s “way out of your league.” Wallace was working in a position that had staff reporting to her that were three times her age. This experience will be beneficial no matter what! Although she felt uncomfortable directing her more experienced coworkers, Wallace was forced to learn management skills.

You need a mentor. Wallace didn’t have a mentor early in her career, but now, she’s mentoring three individuals. Through her experiences, Wallace jumped job-to-job and grew nervous that employers were going to see her as a job-hopper, but she’s thankfully gained great experiences along the way. “Employers do look at extracurriculars,” Wallace assured us.

Hearing Wallace speak helped me make connections between my public relations and nonprofit administration studies. She has great experiences, and listening to her advice helped to further inspire my professional development.

Jaclyn Ermoyan | Chief Executive Officer of GrandPR
Jaclyn Ermoyan is a senior majoring in advertising and public relations and minoring in nonprofit administration and international relations. An experienced member of the GrandPR team, Jaclyn spent her summer working at the GVSU University Development office and in University Communications. Jaclyn can often be found Snapchatting, posting about her love for Grand Valley, or making to-do lists. An avid learner, Jaclyn is always looking to expand her knowledge and apply it in new ways. She loves to innovate, create and problem solve.