There are opportunities in our lives that are truly "once in a lifetime", and I am pursuing one of those with a new role at University of Central Florida (UCF) as the Executive Director of Business Communications in the College of Business (@ucfbusiness). I am also coming home to a place that has largely defined me and my career. It is with a heavy heart that I leave Consensus Communications (@consensuscomm), a place that I believe is the best public relations and political consulting firm in the country and where I have done some amazing work with the most amazing people for the past thirteen years.
What a blessing it's been to work with the best people, the best brands, and to work on projects that reshaped Florida's economy, educational system, transportation infrastructure, and healthcare, while serving as counsel to so many great business, civic, and community leaders. I am especially grateful to my business partners John Sowinski and Tre' Evers for inviting me in and giving me the opportunity to do this work.
Under the leadership of a new Dean (@pauljarley), the UCF College of Business is redefining its role, as well as pursuing a vision to reshape business education for the next generation. Dean Jarley has challenged us to take the reigns of this opportunity and build a culture that produces students that are 1) great communicators/collaborators, 2) risk takers and 3) leaders that know how to make great decisions using Big Data. In addition, we are moving the UCF College of Business into a more relevant role in our community as an economic development engine. Or as the Dean puts it, we are "building the perfect BEAST" -- more effectively linking Business with Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology. I will also have the opportunity to expand my speaking, writing and teaching, especially as it relates to trust, culture and the integration of communications, digital & social media into business education and professional development.
Finally, it is with humble gratitude that I say "thank you" to an amazing roster of clients over the past decade and a half. I will miss them, but carry their experiences with me in everything I am set to do in my new role.