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What’s the Road to Corporate Success? Rachel Truair Says You Build It By Being a Trailblazer and a Bricklayer

Written by Dawn Weathersbee When it comes to describing the road to corporate success, words like focus, vision, determination, and grit are commonly used. Those who blaze trails to the top move fast and exercise power to transform the status quo.   These characteristics are often necessary in a competitive environment—and even advocated. Rachel Truair […]

What Does it Take to Succeed as a Freelancer? Monica Maldonado Williams Knows Firsthand

Written by Dawn Weathersbee Monica Maldonado Williams didn’t earn a weekly column in the Austin American-Statesman and a bi-weekly segment on KTBC’s Good Day Austin by accident. That her website GivingCity Austin is a top referring website for many local nonprofits is also not a fluke.   Monica has more than 20 years of communications, […]

Am I Spooking My Clients?

October 2018 Got your own career conundrum you’d like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It’s free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members.   WCA Peer Mentoring Master Class at Get Smart 2018 Friday, October 26 4:45pm to 5:30pm   WCA Peer Mentoring […]

When Do I Tell Someone They’re Under-performing?

Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk Got your own career conundrum you’d like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It’s free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. September 2018   Dear Mentors, How long do I wait to tell someone they are under-performing? […]

WCA Student Career Services Is Back In Session

Attention communications students! WCA is reorganizing our student services so that we continue investing in your future by helping our communications students grow and succeed well into their professional years.   Our mission is to provide unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the communications field by helping each student evolve their knowledge base, […]

Five Reasons You Need to Get Smart with WCA

By Leah Fisher Nyfeler This title sure sounds like self-help clickbait; you’re probably expecting breezy info on super foods, mega-vitamins, maybe a cute kitten, and those five surprising things you’ll never believe! What would you say to info about and access to actual, practical tools for professional success? Let’s talk about Get Smart, then, an […]

11 Professional Conferences That Should Be On Your Radar This Fall

In celebration and support of YOU, each of our readers, fearlessly architecting your individual careers this “Back to School” season, Women Communicators of Austin has compiled a list of local professional development conferences that we hope will provide value and accelerate you on your path. Read on for additional notes/highlights about each upcoming conference (organized […]

Go to the Next Networking Event, You Might Just Meet a Best Friend

by Jennifer Prestigiacomo Networking happy hours are not my favorite place to be. In fact, I’d rather go to the dentist than go to a networking event. I feel like I have to put on this alternate business professional version of myself complete with plastered-on smile, muster up all my small talk and power through […]

Why Networking Should Not be an Afterthought!

        by Charu Kohli Then – ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!’ Later – ‘It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you!’ Now – ‘It’s not who you know, it’s who knows that you know!’   The above is just an example of how thinking around networking has […]

Ask A Mentor: Am I Too Friendly With My Boss?

Got your own career conundrum you’d like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It’s free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. Am I Too Friendly With My Boss? Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk Dear Mentors, My friend says I’m too friendly with […]