Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Sr. Manager, Community Relations

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Majored in psychology because I wanted to help people.
Declined my acceptance to a PhD program because I changed my mind.
Got a job doing telecomm billing at a bank and got laid off.
Took a job posted through my college for legislative aide.
Got interested in public service and went for a Masters in Public Administration.
Took a job with a national nonprofit focused on corporate volunteerism for 7 years.
Wanted to grow myself so took a job at a financial institution in community relations.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Spelman College
Graduate
Psychology, General
Spelman College

Career

Sr. Manager, Community Relations

I ensure the company I work for is a good neighbor and partner to the communities where we do business.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Business
Helping People

Day to Day

Get to the office about 8:30am and check emails looking for anything burning. Review my task list for the day and re-prioritize as needed. Meet with internal stakeholders about upcoming projects that we are planning for them. Meet with nonprofit partners to check progress of partnerships or projects they are developing for stakeholders. Meet with team to discuss our annual week of service. Depart at about 6pm. P.S. lunch at my desk.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I think an MBA would be great with a specialization in communications or management and finance.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Begin volunteering with organizations you are passionate about to learn more about philanthropy and giving back to the community. You will also be surprised to see how many people from different backgrounds you meet when volunteering.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
graduate
Graduate

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should become a teacher because you are too nice to make it in corporate america."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial