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Volunteer Spotlight: Megan McIlmoyl, Professional Development Committee

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Megan McIlmoylIABC London is supported by a volunteer workforce of more than 50 local communicators. This includes board members, committee members, liaisons, and award program judges.

As a member of the Professional Development Committee, Megan McIlmoyl is one of the stand-outs.

After a rewarding experience on YMCA London’s Young Women of Excellence Committee, McIlmoyl was inspired to become more engaged in her own field. “It was really important for me to pursue opportunities in communications,” she says. “I wanted to network, to meet new people, and to learn.”

IABC London’s Professional Development Committee was the logical choice. Reporting to Co-Directors Erin Brinen and Victor Harris, McIlmoyl supports the planning, promotion, and execution of IABC London’s monthly professional development events.

The committee has been the ideal platform for McIlmoyl to connect with the IABC London community. At monthly events, she is a regular on the registration table. “I love being the first person our guests see when they arrive,” she says. “I really enjoy talking to everyone, and being that positive, welcoming face that sets the tone for their experience.”

McIlmoyl’s engagement with the committee has also enriched her professional development – and not just in event planning. “What has surprised me the most is how much I’m learning from our speakers and their content,” she says. Whether brainstorming topics or listening live at the events, she has tapped into industry issues and trends far more deeply than she anticipated.

For example, when she joined Lashbrook Marketing & Public Relations as a PR & Marketing Coordinator, McIlmoyl quickly recognized the power of strong project management. As she looked into the basic tools and concepts, she wondered how many of her peers might share her interest. McIlmoyl pitched the topic to the committee. This month her idea comes to life with, “Project Management: The Communications Professional’s Secret Super Power” – a panel event that she is excited to facilitate.

Reflecting on her experience with the Professional Development Committee, McIlmoyl is proud of her involvement and the value it’s added to her career growth. “It’s been the most overwhelmingly positive experience,” she says. “I would absolutely recommend it to anyone.”

See McIlmoyl and the rest of the Professional Development Committee in action at this month’s event – “Project Management: The Communications Professional’s Secret Super Power” – March 26th at 7:30 a.m. at Continuing Studies at Western.

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