From time to time we track down a member of IABC Lincoln and ask a few questions so you can get to know him or her better. Here we talk with Sue Settell.
IABC: Who is your current employer?
This past March, I celebrated my five-year anniversary working with Veteran Enterprise Technology Solutions, Inc. (VETS, Inc.), a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). They are an information technology and management services contractor for the Federal Government and State Agencies. Their corporate office is in Clarksville, Virginia; I am proud to work for a company who lives their core values and who believe in “People first, People always.”
IABC: What is your job title and what do you do?
Director of Training and Communication is the current position I hold with VETS. I create and oversee the training and communication departments for the company. In addition, I have recently assumed responsibility for managing proposals for our Business Development (BD) department. Understanding the interconnectedness of our departments strengthens my ability to meet the communication needs of VETS. I worked with the Human Resources side of the house for four years and interacted closely with payroll and accounting during that time. Taking on this role affords me the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the BD side of the house, which is the lifeblood of our company.
IABC: Why did you join IABC?
My goal in joining IABC was twofold—I am seeking my certification as a communication professional, and I wanted to join a group of like-minded individuals committed to expanding their communication knowledge and expertise. IABC is helping me meet both of those goals.
IABC: What area of communication are you most passionate about and why?
Intercultural and global communications are two areas of particular interest to me. As globalization continues to shrink our world, the ability to share information across different cultures and social groups becomes more critical than ever before.
IABC: In what areas of communication do you have experience?
My communication background is in Organizational Communication and Management Leadership. Professional experiences I possess include both internal and external communication, public relations, and marketing in the public and private sectors, with tribal governments and grassroots organizations, as well as collaborating with non-profits.
IABC: What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I also enjoy cooking, writing, oil painting, and board games.
IABC: Tell us about your family.
I have a large extended family that is close-knit and grew up believing it really does take a village to raise children. I have a daughter, Jessica, and two sons, Nikkolas and Robert, who all live in Lincoln. I am one of six girls and two boys, half of whom live in the Lincoln area. My parents still live in Lincoln, as well. With more than 30 of us, I always describe the holidays as controlled chaos; and, I love it—I would not have it any other way. I also have two rescue dogs, Claire and Hayate, who are definitely part of our family.
IABC: How long have you lived in the Lincoln area?
I have lived in Lincoln since my parents moved here from Kansas while I was in the third grade. I graduated from Lincoln Northeast—go Rockets! One of the most gratifying experiences I have had as a communicator was my alma mater inviting me back to speak on diversity before almost 2000 high school students—wow! Experiences like that are just one of the many reasons I love the field of communication. As communicators, we get the chance every day to influence people’s lives in a positive way—at home, at work, within our community, or even across the globe.