brenDa siler, journalist
BRENDA, Describe Your 9-to-5. Or As My Nana Would Would Ask: “How do you put food on the table, baby?: "I am semi-retired, but open to acquiring a full-time job.
BRENDA's Next Target Conquest: “I recently started writing articles for The Washington Informer (www.washingtoninformer.com), the Washington, DC area's largest and oldest Black-owned newspaper. This year, The Informer is observing its 53-year of publishing.”
This #SpelmanBlackGirlBrilliance Right Here: "I have had a 40+ year career leading communications/public relations programs inside of major national organizations including UNCF (United Negro College Fund), AARP, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Independent Sector."
How Does BRENDA 'Play The Game' And Not 'Hate The Playa'?: "I go into meetings and events prepared to be 'wowed' and ready to ask questions. I go in as a 'learner', disarming folks as me being their potential competition. I am a subtle 'hustler'."
Is BRENDA A Hustla' Or Enjoying A Guilty Pleasure?: "I enjoy going to networking events where I gain new insights or meet folks who may be able to use my skills. Jazz is my music passion acquired during my days at Spelman when I was one of the first group of students who put WCLK-FM Radio on the air. I started as a news reporter/public affairs host where I covered the weekly press conferences for Mayor Maynard Jackson. I then advanced to hosting a weekly jazz show. I continued hosting a jazz program for ten more years after I graduated from Spelman."
Is BRENDA's 'Go To' Bottomless Brunch or Happy Hour Tapas?: “Brunch location: The Front Page located in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC.”
I go in as a 'learner', disarming folks as me being their potential competition. I am the subtle hustler.
"I am currently engaged in 'gig' jobs where I utilize my career skills in organizational communications for interim and contract positions. These 'gig' jobs include: writing/editing, consulting on branding/public relations/marketing, and event coordination."
I have *managed a communications/marketing consultancy, 'Best Communications Strategies', since 2005.”
I was the *first person of color to serve as Chairman for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), a professional association for individuals working in organizational communications, that has 15,000 members in 80 countries." I was *inducted as an IABC Fellow in June 2017."