I tend to think strategically and creatively. Those are two elements I try to incorporate into my work every day. I want to help us think outside the box.
My job is to facilitate and drive conversation. I make sure we stay connected to the topics that inform our work and help people understand what we do and how we do it.
I gravitate toward challenges that require strategic thinking. There is a lot of that in good communications work, and I enjoy the process of mapping it all out.
In high school and in college, I always knew I would end up working in communications. That’s how I came to Washington D.C. for a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my mother. She’s a huge part of my life. She is the one that would pray with me, support me, and tell me and my sister to go after our dreams in life. I don’t even know what I’d do without her.
I love this area. I grew up in Alabama but moved to D.C. three years ago. I ride the Metro to work each day, and I always see something new or somebody that I didn’t see the day before. Every day is another opportunity to experience something different.
When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher had us create a booklet that described what we wanted to be when we grew up. I said I wanted to be two things: a writer and fashion designer. These days, I do a lot of writing and a lot of design work, so I know I’m on the right track.
I try to let people see how I live my life and how I treat people and let that be an example. Whether through laughter or kindness, grace or service, I like to be a light for others.
When I was growing up, my mom bought a decoration for our house with the words “Never, never, never give up.” Any time I would be down or doubt myself, she would point to that sign and say, “Chelsie, you remember what I always tell you.” I think that’s really become a motto in my life.