Build Your Career and Network through Professional Organizations

Last night, I went to a networking event hosted by NJ MarCom, a community of professionals in communications, marketing, advertising, creative and related fields within New Jersey. I was not only there to represent the organization I’m currently in (AWCNJ is a partner organization), but to also expand my network, promote my design and communications business, and see what other organizations that I would like to join.

Being a member of a professional organization is more than just networking and happy hour (even though they are always fun!). You get to learn from other professionals on how they become successful in their own careers, view any job opportunities that are out there, promote your business, and take part in any educational events that can help you grow and develop your skills.

Plus, organizations are always looking for volunteers interested in various roles such as event planning, marketing, communications, graphic design, membership, recruiting, and technology (i.e. web content management, social media). Volunteering can also lead to serving as a board member such as President or Vice President. Either way, having one of these fancy titles looks good on your resume, don’t you think?

So which organization is right for you? Here are some that you should look into (some of the organizations shown here originated from NJ).

Links to See – Weeks of June 23 and June 30

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. I’ll be heading back to work on Monday after a four-day weekend — which is way too short! Even before the holiday, I’ve been lagging on my posts the past couple of weeks. So I’m starting the week off right with a couple of design inspirations I came across this holiday weekend, as well as some headlines over the Web. Enjoy!

Links To See – Week of June 16, 2013

Ok, I’m a couple days late, but here are some headlines over the Internet this past week.

Portfolio Update – Corporate Invitation and Newsletters

I added the following items in the Portfolio.


This is a series of materials for an event that brought together consultants from across the country for a day and a half of education, as well as networking with colleagues and 403(b) retirement industry experts. This event was supposed to take place in Chicago this year, but was cancelled. The series includes a logo, save the date card, invitation/agenda, a banner for an HTML email version of the invitation, and binder cover. Click on the logo above to view samples or go to Portfolio > Cards and Invites > Consultant Forum 2013 – Invitation and Stationary.

Plus, the Newsletters section includes links to sample eNewsletters for the AWCNJ.

Happy Friday! Links to See – Week of 5/19

Happy Friday everybody! Starting the three-day weekend with my very first Links to See post for this week.

One last thing – If you’re looking to expand your professional network within NJ, the Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey Chapter will be hosting its Summer Networking Party on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 pm in Bar Cara, Bloomfield, NJ. Please mark your calendars and be sure to go to for more details!

Design | 2012 Clarion Awards – Web Banners and Flyer

Screenshot of AWC Home Page with 2012 Clarion Banner (Banner Dimensions: 596 pixels x 291 pixel)

Client: The Association for Women in Communications (AWC)

The Clarion Awards – hosted by AWC – recognizes excellence across all communications disciplines, including advertising, marketing, journalism, digital media, graphic design, and many more.

Marking  the 40th anniversary of the Clarion awards, AWC asked me to create three promotional items:

  • Web banner for the AWC home page (See screenshot above – Banner Dimensions: 596 pixels x 291 pixels)
  • Web banner for the entrant log-in page (Banner Dimensions: 760 pixels x 222 pixels)
  • flyer to be distributed to all AWC members and prospects.

The concept behind the design was to reflect the elegance of an awards show. The Clarion logo was provided by AWC. Has A New Look has a new look! I changed up the WordPress template for a more organized look and feel. In my opinion, the site will always be a work in progress, but I like this new WordPress theme more than the previous one. If you’re wondering, the theme is called “Fresh & Clean.” Plus, if you have any feedback on the site, comments are always welcome. I have a thick skin so I can take it! Happy viewing!

Design | 2011 AWC Fall Membership Campaign Materials

AWC Campaign

Client: Association for Women in Communications

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is a professional networking organization for women who work in various communications disciplines, such as journalism, corporate communications, graphic design, writing, editing, advertising and public relations.

I designed a flyer and postcard to promote the organization’s membership campaign. The flyer includes writable fields so that all chapters (both local and student chapters) across the country can update the flyer with their contact information.

I Know it’s Late, But Happy New Year!

Happy Belated New Year! It’s been awhile since I updated this blog. Things have been pretty busy for me as of late.

To start things off — career-wise — I’m being more involved with the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) in both the local and national levels. I’ve been a member of the organization for about 8 years now. Since August 2011, I’m part of the board now as the co-VP of Marketing & Communications for the AWC – NJ Chapter. Plus, I’m involved in the National AWC Marketing & Committee as a volunteer/committee member. I have to admit, it’s a lot more work than I thought, but I’m learning so much by being more involved w/ AWC. If you’re in the communications industry, I highly recommend being a member in this organization. Click here to learn more about AWC and the NJ Chapter.

On a personal level, I’m training for a half-marathon coming up in April called the UNITE Half Marathon in New Brunswick. I just started training on 1/2/12 and so far so good. With the exception of this past week – work and AWC commitments – I’m somewhat consistent in my training. I actually have a personal goal in mind — running the NYC Marathon in 2013. In order for me to do that, I’m signing up for a few more races this year, including the Run Like A Diva half marathon in Long Island (October 2012) and Miles for Music 20K Race in NJ (March 2012). Hopefully I don’t overexert myself!

Since it’s a new year, I definitely need to focus on updating this blog. I’ve been SOOO behind on posting some stuff in my design and writing pages. At least I’m taking it easy today so that I can make those updates, including some AWC projects that I did.

Got some goals* for 2012? Let me know.

*By the way, I refuse to say “resolutions” because not a lot of us follow through on resolutions. “Goals” sound a lot better!