It feels like just yesterday when I told my friends and family that I was moving to Chicago and starting a new journey here in the Windy City. Fast forward almost two years and I can honestly say that I’ve had experiences that I couldn’t have imagined.
In January 2010, I joined a great team at DeVry University to help lead their social strategy. I’ve made amazing friends throughout these two years and planted a stake here in Chicago personally and professionally. And in June of this year, I married the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with and started that life with her.
Suffice it to say, there hasn’t been a dull moment since my move and it continues with my announcement that I’ll be joining U.S. Cellular, as Social Media Manager, and their team headquartered here in Chicago!
First off, to my DeVry team, thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the experiences and the roads we helped pave in social and the business as a whole. From social business strategies to empowering our employees through our training/certification programs, I’ve learned and grown a lot and am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of something that I can be proud of.
To the future with U.S. Cellular – I’m super excited to be joining (on Nov 7th) a company and team of amazingly smart, dedicated and focused people. It was a decision that lined up with me personally and professionally but at the end of the day, it was a great opportunity that puts me within an organization with an amazing leadership, a culture that’s spread company-wide and a solid focus on social business.
With any change, comes an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, empty drawers and delete files. It feels good to have that fresh start. With that is also an opportunity for me to refocus on my dusty, cobweb filled blog (yes, self-deprecation helps ease my neglect). As I get things started in my new role in a few weeks, I plan to get back into a normal writing flow and focusing on my learnings and growth at U.S. Cellular and how social is continuing to evolve within organizations.
To everyone who has and continue to have my back in my career and life, thank you. There are too many names to mention (and for the sake of accidentally excluding anyone) but I truly appreciate the guidance, support and friendship along the way and look forward to what our futures hold.