Katie Richardson - St. Jude's
Katie Richardson, a 21-year-old senior at Virginia Tech is wrapping up her academic career in marketing - including a minor in Spanish.
Implementing all of her well-earned knowledge, Richardson is interning at at St. Jude's Children’s Hospital with ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities), an organization responsible for fundraising and creating awareness for the hospital.
Richardson mentions that her internship position supports the Tri Delta - St.Jude partnership, a system that has raised over $55 million since 1999.
“I create fundraising event resources; conduct financial analysis; assist other youth program team members; organized and executed two collegiate leadership conferences with over 500 attendees; became a tour guide for the hospital; participate in patient activities; and compete in an intern innovation project where myself and a team of interns came up with a new fundraising campaign, with a peer to peer company, that would become the next St. Jude strategic partner, which we presented to the ALSAC Senior Leadership Team.” says Richardson.
When asking Richardson how The Brand Girls influenced her internship success, she stated, “BG taught me how to highlight my skills and be confident in the workplace. One of the most important things I learned in our sessions was that networking is key. The CEO, Rachael always emphasized the importance of following up on meetings with people, always sending gratitude to those who have helped me along the way, and making opportunities for myself professionally by being proactive and reaching out to others for insight.”
the one thing that all new or old industry professionals, college students, and goal-seekers have in common is… WE ARE PASSIONATE! Making your career into something that you love is essential to ruling you career and building an empire for ourselves. Richardson included, she mentions…
“I am thankful for BG, especially, for reminding me to always stay true to myself and the goals/ aspirations I have. Rachael helped me remember to follow my passion and not get caught up on what other people want me to do or what would make me the most money. Thanks to BG I stayed true to my goals and have had the pleasure of working with a fiercely passionate organization of people that are steadfast in one common mission, and that is raising the funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so that no child has to die in the dawn of life.”
It goes without question that Richardson is passionate about her career and the path she is dominating. When you love your job - there is truly nothing that can stop you!
Written by: Epiphany Priebe
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern