Quotes Corner

December 13, 2017

Stefania Markowicz
Director of Communication for Quotes, the PR Club at UCF

An Open Mind Will Open Doors You Didn’t Even Know Existed

I consider myself to be a curious individual. I question everything – but when I can’t find the answer to what I’m looking for, the “Type A” in me goes crazy.

Semester after semester, I couldn’t find the answer to a few recurring thoughts: where in PR do I belong? Do I go the corporate route? Am I more of an agency person? How about nonprofits or government?

I let these types of questions consume me for a lot longer than I should have, and soon became anxious over the apparent uncertainty of my future. It felt like everyone around me was figuring out what they wanted to do with their lives, which, given my personality type, made it pretty hard for me to remain calm about my situation.

After many continuous months of me desperately researching PR industries and asking people where they thought I would best fit in, I came to the realization that this attitude was taking a toll on me for the worse. So I stopped the obsession. All at once. I did a complete 180.

When it came time to getting internship offers, I decided to go at it with a positive mindset. This led to me having incredible opportunities at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Seminole County Public Schools. I never would have pictured myself working at either of these organizations just a year ago, but it just goes to show how you can’t always pick the good experiences. Sometimes, the good experiences come to you. You just have to take it and run with them.

At the most recent Intern Pursuit, I had another recurring thought invade my head. This time, it was about the inability to see myself working at an agency. A lesser, but still prominent “Type A” came out in me again. I spent most of the evening of Intern Pursuit dodging the agency booths like bullets. Up until I impulsively tried something out of my comfort zone.

I walked right up to a woman named Kacie representing Curley & Pynn, a PR agency. We got to talking, and the conversation just felt right – I instantly knew I had made the right choice in introducing myself. In just a week (which felt like the longest week of my life), Kacie told me that she would love to bring me on the Curley & Pynn team for an internship with them in the spring. I happily accepted.

This is how I’m going to live my life from now on. Step by step, day by day. I may not know exactly what I want for myself in the future. And that’s perfectly okay.

Lastly, to all of my fellow students, I just have to say: don’t turn down an internship just because you think “it’s not right for you.” Taking a chance may just be the best decision you ever make.

Blog Post

December 13, 2017

Kacie Escobar
FPRA Orlando Area Chapter Treasuer

LeadershipFPRA Reflection: Leading and Managing

If you ask me, the LeadershipFPRA “Leading and Managing” session alone was worth the price of tuition. Far from your typical presentation of leadership definitions and management styles, what transpired was an inspiring weekend of self-reflection among like-minded colleagues with shared goals.

One of the most empowering takeaways was realizing that leadership stems from social influence – not authority or power. Anyone can be a leader in any department at any level of an organization. The key is knowing yourself and how to leverage your strengths to motivate and influence others.

To help us better understand ourselves, leadership coaches from The Maue Center kicked off the session with an exploration of our individual strengths and how they can be leveraged to mold us all into great leaders. Each class member completed a “Strengths Profile” and shared the results in intimate conversations about how these behaviors have shaped our lives and our careers.

As my top strength, Growth drives me to constantly seek new opportunities, learn new skills and invite feedback on my performance in the pursuit of personal and professional development. I feel most energized when I’m performing these activities, which certainly explains a lot … like my desire to be in FPRA and an ambition I’ve experienced since childhood that caused me to take school and extracurricular activities so seriously. Thanks to our leadership coaches, I now understand how to better employ Growth and other strengths to be a more effective leader.

Learning about strengths and how to see them in other people was invaluable – and just the beginning of a session that plunged even further into emotional intelligence, accountability, time management, managing up and so much more. The agenda also included time to brainstorm solutions to the barriers holding us back from leadership success, as well as the opportunity to develop individualized leadership development plans.

I’ve never been to group therapy, but I’m sure members of the LeadershipFPRA class would agree that this session sure felt like it. I drove home with an entirely new perspective, feeling invigorated and truly privileged to have begun this journey with such an outstanding group of colleagues from around the state. I can’t wait to see what the next session has in store.

Learn more about LeadershipFPRA.

Member PRofile: Marc Espeso

December 12, 2017


 Marc Espeso 
Digital Communications Coordinator for Orange County Government

Give a brief explanation of your job. 
The digital communications coordinator creates content for all aspects of Orange County Government – writing, editing and managing social platforms and internal/external newsrooms.

How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
This is my second year in FPRA, and my first year on the board.  I joined FPRA to build a stronger network of colleagues, friend and  mentors. I also joined the organization in hopes to continue my education and work towards my APR and CPRC certifications.

What was your favorite FPRA event?
My favorite event is our holiday community fundraiser. I am always attracted to events that include an aspect of volunteerism. This year we are partnering with Orange County Animal Services. For more information on the event you can visit fpraorlando.org/events.

Tell us about an exciting achievement.
One of my most exciting achievements would be working with the NBA for the 2012 All-Star Games in Orlando. It was my first PR assignment, as well as my first earned media clip from the Ellen show.

What was your first job?
My first job was selling lemonade with my best friend in 1996. We made $3.

Tell us something people may not know about you.

Contact Information:
Marc.Espeso@ocfl.net, (407) 836-5357 (office)