Melissa Wright, Director of Marketing at Johnston
SMPS Member since 2001, Current Mentor-Protégé Committee Chair
What does your committee (or position) do? The Mentor Protégé program is a way to give new, transitioning, or refocused members of SMPS an opportunity to pair up with a more senior member for knowledge, guidance, “bounce”, or sounding board into their current role, processes, and insight into the AEC industry.
Why did you want to serve as chair? I wanted to see this program continue because it is such a great way to give back. I was a mentor for a couple years and it is a very rewarding role and I had a chance to meet a lot of new faces. And, with the opportunity to work together with a former colleague, Kristie Alexander, on this program, it was a perfect timing.
What do you hope to accomplish as director/chair? I hope to continue offering members the opportunity to connect with people who can help them grow in their departments and companies. This is a service that keeps members connected on a more personal level and both sides can learn new thing. It keeps the protégé focused and the mentors can gain new perspective. It is a win-win for everyone.
What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a board member? I would encourage everyone to dive in at some point and serve. There is tremendous professional growth and amazing friendships you can gain, and those efforts are such a huge impact to the marketing community.
Why do you love SMPS? SMPS has raised me! I have been a long-time member and learned so many tips, tricks, random facts, mind blowing concepts and amazing strategies that have taught me how to be a marketer, a leader and a mentor. I have also created wonderful friendships, circles of confidants and endless hours of great memories.