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Wilda Wong

Marketing & Communications Specialist at San Diego Workforce Partnership

Best career advice you ever got?  

Still TBD.

Favorite thing about your job?  

It’s different from day to day or week to week. It’s why I love working in communications; I’ve been able to take my skills to different environments: education, small business, the arts, reproductive health care, workforce development, serving on boards, etc.

What would you be doing if not this?

Maybe researching for a book or documentary. I love digging up information and talking to people to learn different perspectives.

What’s something work related that keeps you up at night?  

I try not to let work keep me up at night; enough things in the world already have the potential to do so. I am fortunate to be a really good sleeper (sometimes too well—I have missed fire alarms!).

Most memorable Communications Network Experience?

Having a great conversation over lunch or happy hour with a counterpart.

Your most overused word or phrase?  

Synergy

Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

I would normally roll my eyes at this, but I’m trying to be more open-minded: A chapter in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, about an old idea that one “has” genius (that comes and goes), rather than one being a genius.

Guilty Pleasure?

Keanu Reeves movies & updates

How do you define success?

Do I feel good about what I’m doing? Am I contributing in a meaningful way to anyone or anything?

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

Principles of mindfulness like loving kindness towards oneself, magnanimity, or gratitude being a muscle.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?  

Anything and everything. I’m endlessly curious. I love sharing my perspective on matters with which I have personal or secondhand experience.

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

The conferences and resources from The Communications Network have helped me and my colleagues think more deeply about messaging and framing. The webinars and conference sessions not only tickle my curiosity, but make me reexamine how I approach my work. Spending time with other knowledgeable people in the room also reinvigorates my passion for working in communications in the public sector. Thank you.

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