Meet a Member featuring Hayley Westwood

unnamedTitle: Communications Consultant

Company: ONE Gas, Inc.

Why do you love your job? I love that my job allows me to work with so many people across our company, in all three states where we operate. I think building strong relationships is the key to good communication. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to do that on a daily basis.

How long have you been a member of IABC?This is my seventh year as a member.

Have you ever served on an IABC Board? I am currently serving as the Vice President of Recruitment.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? I loved last year’s IABC/Tulsa Communications Summit that featured Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim, who broke the Penn State scandal. It was so interesting and inspiring to hear the perspective of a young journalist’s success. I’m proud of what our chapter offers locally to communicators in the surrounding area.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? It has broadened my network and given me opportunities in both leadership and professional development. Having the opportunity to learn from other successful communicators is one of the greatest things IABC has to offer. I love that we all bounce ideas off of each other!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Travel with my husband

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere with mountains and cool weather

Who is your favorite musical artist? I need a top 10, at least…Garth Brooks, Sara Bareilles, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Turnpike Troubadors, NeedtoBreathe, Dolly Parton, Justin Timberlake, Hamilton and Wicked soundtracks… Thank goodness for Spotify.

Which website do you visit daily? Facebook

What is your favorite restaurant? Right now: Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

How will we recognize you at the next IABC function? I’m the blonde in the glasses who smiles and laughs a lot!

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is…always changing, which is what makes IABC so great. It provides constant opportunities to stay informed of the latest and greatest ways to be successful in our field.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Never stop learning. There are always new ways to reach audiences and always opportunities to stop and evaluate what is working, what isn’t and what could be working better. Don’t assume you know what’s best.

Meet a Member featuring Andrew Nestor

Title: Manager, Internal Communications

Company: Walmart

Why do you love your job? One of the parts of my job that I love is the responsibility of being a voice for associates. Our founder, Sam Walton, believed that our associates have great ideas, and that’s still absolutely true today. I love the challenge of bringing these ideas, thoughts and concerns to the business teams in our home office. Believe it or not, we don’t always get everything perfect.

How long have you been a member of IABC? Less than a year.

Have you ever served on an IABC Board? No.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take part in many, but I did enter work for a Bronze Quill for the first time this year – and won! All of the hard work and headaches was worth it.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? It’s always nice to attend meetings and hear new ideas. Translating those ideas to suit your needs is a fun challenge.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? I love to cook. Absolutely love it. These days my wife and I started taking tennis lessons a couple of times a week. Small victories like keeping the ball in play for more than 10 hits gets me way too pumped up.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? I love going to South Korea. The food is absolutely amazing. You get a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory all in one bite. Also, the hiking is incredible if you’re into that activity.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Hard to pick a favorite, but I always love me some Earth, Wind & Fire.

Which website do you visit daily? Besides Walmartone.com (our intranet)? Generally the NY Times and Morningstar.

What is your favorite restaurant? Before my wife and I moved to Arkansas we were living in NYC. We treated ourselves to Jean-Georges before relocating. It was, without a doubt, the best food I’ll ever have the privilege to eat.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Absorb as much as you can, while you can. Walk, don’t run toward your career ambitions. Stay humble while working your butt off.