IABC London extends warm congratulations to Julie Kiser, 2015 IABC London Award student winner!
To promote excellence the field of communications, IABC London presents this award each year to one student from Western University. The winning applicant demonstrates aptitude and interested in corporate communications and public relations, awarded based on academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, interest in the field of business and creative communications, and career plan as a practitioner in the industry.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized and welcomed into the field of communications by seasoned professionals who share my values of professionalism, creativity and integrity. An endorsement through this recognition boosts my confidence as I embark on my new career in marketing communications,” says Julie.
Julie completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Western University in 2010 and Master’s in Political Science at Western University in 2012. She’s held several positions across Western University – most recently working as a Communications Specialist for the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), where she developed a variety of recruitment materials and managed the SGPS website.
“After completing a Master’s degree, I realized that what I liked best about my academic career was writing persuasively and communication with peers and faculty,” explains Julie. “This realization led me to channel those skills into a career in public relations. My experiences as a student in public relations have helped to reaffirm my passion for creative communications and strategic marketing.”
In May, Julie graduated from the Public Relations program at Western’s Continuing Studies. As partial fulfillment of her diploma, she completed a four-month internship at London Life Insurance Company. Julie has since accepted a full-time Marketing Communications Specialist position with London Life.
Julie also served as a committee member for the 2015 Virtuoso Awards and Gala. “I was able to learn from senior professionals and connect with other ‘up-and-comers’ in the communications industry.” She found it enriching and rewarding to see the team’s planning and hard work come to fruition on the night of the recognition event.
“My short-term goal is to build on my project and account management skills,” says Julie. “Because I enjoy coming with creative and new approaches to marketing and communications, I hope to participate in creative brainstorming sessions more frequently.”
Looking ahead, Julie plans to become more involved in strategic planning, research and evaluation. She’s also interested in working in internal communications for a large organization, like London Life. She would like to take the employee communication strategies she studied at Western to help her organization increase employee engagement and build internal brand ambassadors.
As a community and resource, IABC London is committed to investing in your future, supporting the area’s communications and creative professionals. Best wishes to Julie as she builds her career in the communications industry! Learn more about IABC’s award programs.