A huge congratulations is in order to our latest staff spotlight, Krystal Testa who was just recently promoted to Senior Manager of Events! Krystal is responsible for the creation, planning, logistics and execution of the Partnership’s 60+ events each year. In addition, she is responsible for writing sponsorships for events, programming and councils. Learn more about Krystal here, or better yet – join the 2,000+ people who follow her on twitter @LovinOnBuffalo.
As my marketing and events internship at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is reaching its end, I can’t help but to reflect on this valuable experience. This was my first job in an actual professional environment so I was extremely unsure about what it would be like day-to-day and how to act amongst professionals. That being said, it didn’t take long to get comfortable in the office thanks to the kindness and sincerity of everyone whom I interacted with. I immediately felt welcomed and like part of the team.
My experience at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership as a marketing and events intern was valuable. The working culture was conducive to learning and everyone was very friendly. I had a chance not only to work for marketing and events, but to also check out other departments. My supervisor, Krystal Testa, did not limit me to only one area, instead, she encouraged me to learn as much as possible while I was with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. I was able to showcase my marketing skills while also developing new ones during my time working with the marketing team. I worked on many projects and received training on their customer relationship management (CRM) system and WordPress.
The 2016-2017 Season Starts Soon!
Written by: Nora McGuire, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Independent Health
Networking is all about building relationships and adding value to the conversation. So as a young professional, how do you add value if you feel that you have nothing to contribute? The good news is that being a young professional is often a value add in itself – you just have to tap into that as a resource. You have insight and experience into viewpoints, technology, and people that many senior level professionals do not. Networking is all about giving, so here are five tips that add value while simultaneously bridging any experience gap.
As many of you know, October is a big month for manufacturing – with National Manufacturing Day on October 2nd, the Partnership will be bringing a full month of manufacturing programming to our members.
Manufacturing at the Partnership: Time to Get Involved!
As a part of the member engagement team at the Partnership, I work closely with our members on strategy and aligning their business objectives with our marketing opportunities.
As a result of any investment a member makes in the Partnership, we are often asked to provide a return on that investment (ROI).
To better ourselves as young professionals, we need to take steps to grow our network and strengthen our career path.
Taking these steps often means putting yourself in a situation you have never been in before. Maybe it is attending a professional development event or seeking a mentor.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a member-driven organization.
Everyone at the Partnership, especially the member engagement team, works to provide the right connections, resources and solutions to help our member businesses thrive and grow in Western New York.