InterCom recently welcomed Jessy Wilson of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo to our board of directors. Read on to find out more about her and what brought her to Kalamazoo!
A Millennial’s Perspective
By Jessy Wilson
Having grown up in a small town in Southwest Michigan, I was well aware of the existence of Kalamazoo, but that’s about it. I had no idea how truly special this community is. It doesn’t take long to learn that Kalamazoo is rich in culture, diversity, philanthropy and so much more.
In the beginning of 2013, I left a job as a marketing professional at a manufacturing facility in northern Indiana after accepting a position at Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS), a nonprofit that works to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. For two years, I commuted an hour each way to work which included navigating the treacherous terrains of I-94 in the winter. That was two years too many, and now I am happy to call myself a Kalamazoo resident.
In April, I transitioned into the role of Marketing and Community Engagement Manager within CIS. There, I manage our publications, digital presence, brand and community outreach. I love my job because the CIS Staff along with our community partners do an amazing job to support students, and I am able to highlight their great work. In addition, I get to share the uplifting student success stories we hear on a regular basis.
I was introduced to InterCom through Kalamazoo Social Media Week in the spring of this year. As a young professional and a transplant to the community, it can be difficult meeting people. I was seeking professional development opportunities and as well as ways to expand my network. I was fortunate InterCom provided both. The meetings are held downtown once a month during the lunch hour, which are easy to fit into my schedule. It’s been wonderful meeting communication professionals from a variety of backgrounds and hearing the inspiring, local speakers.
Shortly after joining InterCom as a member, I accepted a position on the board. It has been a bit of a whirlwind, but an exciting one at that. On the InterCom board, I will be managing a portion of the organization’s digital presence and seeking ways to better communicate with and serve our members. I look forward to meeting you, if I haven’t yet, and am thrilled to be a part of the organization.