What's In Your Briefcase?
The Nebraska PBL state officer team has been affected by current conditions like all other sectors, but we believe we have created two great programs that can still deliver valuable business tips and advice to our local chapters. Through our “What’s In Your Briefcase” video series, former officers, PD members, and state and national partners have been invited to submit short videos regarding a myriad of professional business topics. Some of the topics covered include career decisions, internships, networking, an actual tour of a business, “A Day In the Life,” and many more. The video series is meant to deliver another benefit to current and future members by providing them with an archive of exclusive videos catered directly towards their professional development.
This video archive will be built upon throughout the year with scheduled releases alongside exclusive Zoom meetings with these business professionals which are scheduled for future recurring dates. These interactive live sessions will go a step further than the pre-recorded videos by giving members the chance to ask questions and present situations directly to the key speaker. Personal connections and strong rapport can still be manifested at these live Zoom sessions as many in-person events have been modified for safety.
September 10 @ 7pm
Sandhills Publishing Business Tour Video Release
Sandhills Global’s primary business is connecting buyers and sellers of construction equipment, farm machinery, trucks, trailers, and aircraft through industry-leading websites and print publications with a global reach. Sandhills complements its core brands—including Machinery Trader, Truck Paper, TractorHouse, Controller, and AuctionTime—with products and services that help all kinds of businesses thrive. In addition to hosting over 7,000 websites, Sandhills offers custom web design, equipment valuation, financial services, heavy equipment shipping, and much more.
Kelsey Mick is from Lincoln, and chose to attend UNL for college because she wanted to stay close to home and also wanted to go to Husker games as a student. She studied Advertising and Public Relations while at UNL. Kelsey is married, has a 1.5 year old son, and also two dogs. She is a Husker fan and a Cubs fan. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family and friends, watching Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+, and shopping at TJ Maxx or Target. She also loves traveling and going to concerts, something she is hoping to be able to do again soon.
Kelsey has worked for Sandhills Global the last three years as a Recruitment Specialist. Kelsey accomplishes a lot in this role, but here are just a few of her tasks:
Reviewing applications and resumes
Sending reference checks
Planning company events
Coordinating recruiting events and activities
September 15 @ 8pm
Kevin Kraft - IIAN
The Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska are a unique entity in the insurance world and provide a variety of resources. They currently have around 600 independent insurance firms in Nebraska, and they are not slowing down one bit. Kevin Kraft, the Marketing Director for the Big I will be meeting with us via Zoom to discuss various networking tips and strategies to building your network.
Kevin has various responsibilities in his current role including the following areas:
- Member field representative
- Contact for new members
- Visiting agencies and helping solve problems
- Helping members take full advantage of all of their Big “I” services and benefits
- College outreach contact
September 17 @ 7pm
Tallo Video Release on Building Your Personal Brand
Earnest Womack is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, and a proud alumnus of Morehouse College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English. He has a master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University, where he studied Business Education and Corporate Training. In 2015, he was recognized as an Emerging 100 Leader of Atlanta. Earnest is a writer, a mentor, and a community advocate – he is committed to helping organizations and students have a better conversation around opportunities.
Emily Todd grew up in a small town in the Upstate of South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina to study Education. She always knew she wanted to help people and thought that teaching would be the best way to help young people. She taught middle and high school science for six years before joining the Tallo team. Emily loves getting to work with schools and students across the country and feels that she can help even more students in her current role.
September 29 @ 8pm
Britney Davis - First State Insurance
First State Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency with several locations throughout eastern Nebraska. They partner with the top insurance companies in the region to more appropriately meet the needs of their insureds.
Britney Davis, a Professional Division member, is First State Insurance’s Chief Administrative Officer. She manages their operational and accounting departments and supervises/leads 20+ team members. This allows her to oversee all of FSI’s daily operations; manage their budgeting, strategic planning, compensation, and goal setting; coach, train, and support team members; manage operational projects; and interview/hire for all of FSI’s open positions.
If you aren’t sure about the career path you want to take, read Britney’s story and realize that, sometimes, you need to find the right company to find the right career for you. Plans change, and those changes can lead to great things:
“After graduating high school, I started my college career at Bryan College of Health Sciences to study to become a registered nurse. At the beginning of my sophomore career, I started at First State Insurance (FSI) part-time as an office assistant. A few months later, my manager offered me a full time position as the Accounting Manager of the agency. By that time, I knew I loved the organization, it’s culture, and the people I worked with, so I made the decision to accept the role, and transfer to UNL to receive my Bachelor in Business Administration degree.
Over the next three years, I was a full time student, while also continuing to work a full-time schedule. During that time my role changed from Accounting Manager, to Operations Manager, and once again to Chief Administrative Officer a few months before graduating from college in May of 2018. October 2020 will mark my sixth year with FSI and during that time I have gained a passion for project management and team member leadership. I enjoy the problem solving side of working through different projects and love the ability to work with team members – helping them grow personally and professionally.
I fully believe that Servant Leadership is the way to build an engaging and positive organizational culture and that the best leaders don’t necessarily have the most experience or knowledge, but are able to work hard, practice humility, connect with their team members, and lead through the uncertainties. This is one reason I love coaching and working with college students and young professionals – I want to show them that being young and inexperienced doesn’t mean they can’t be great leaders.”