Member Spotlight (Student Edition): Lindsay Owens

LINDSAY OWENSWhat year did you become an SMPS member? 2017

Do you currently hold a board or committee position? Student Chapter President

How would you describe your role/job? I am responsible for leading the next generation of marketers and business professionals into A/E/C at the University of Central Florida. I lead a team of other business students to plan a variety of events for students who are interested in SMPS and all that it offers.

What has been your most meaningful or interesting project? I have enjoyed the partnership that has grown between the professional and student chapter. It’s an amazing feeling to have the Professional Chapter’s supports as we try new and innovative ways to attract students to the fast growing industry.

How has membership in SMPS helped you to advance your career? Being a part of SMPS has provided me with network connections and employment opportunities that most students dream of. SMPS has also provided me with an amazing leadership opportunity that helps me strengthen my intrapersonal and leadership skills.

What’s one thing you’d teach someone in your industry? I strive to teach students to see the diamond in the rough. When initially hearing about SMPS and A/E/C many students can be gun-shy, but this industry has a beauty like no other. To see a project on paper and watch it become a functional masterpiece is breathtaking.

Your worst habit as a leader? My worst habit as a leader is not delegating. I find it challenging to communicate the details and my expectations for the final product. I have learned that to be successful you need a team and cannot do everything by yourself. This is definitely something I am working on and adjusting through my role as Student Chapter President.

What has contributed to your success? I believe growing up with a single mother has contributed to my success. She has been the best example of hard work, dedication and perseverance. She engrained those qualities into me as a child and they have been what makes me stand out against my peers.

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