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Meet a Board Member: Melanie Cochrun, CPSM

Melanie Cochrun, CPSM

SMPS Position: Director of Education

Years with SMPS: 13

What made you want to be an SMPS Seattle Board Member?
After 13 years of membership, the relationship between SMPS and me was starting to feel one-sided, with me doing all the taking. I can't begin to define the value and opportunity SMPS brings to my career and my relationships - in words, let alone dollars. I know it sounds cliché, but I want to give back in a meaningful way. Serving on the board, to me, means listening to the needs of our chapter and working closely with a lot of excellent people to put those needs before my own.

What goal(s) do you have for SMPS Seattle?
Content! Content! Content! Our Education Committee is laser-focused on programming what we're hearing loud and clear from our members, which is to learn how to do our jobs, and how to enjoy our jobs. What if those weren't mutually exclusive? Our committee is comprised of people with varying backgrounds, years of experience, and perspectives, so I believe we're going to have fun developing programs that offer something for everyone. 

What do you love most about SMPS?
We all know telling stories is one of our most fundamental learning and communication methods. I love that SMPS elevates that to a science. At the same time, it's not just about creating business opportunities. It's about tapping into something intrinsically human and powerful that leads to fulfilling careers and true friendships. I haven't found that anywhere but SMPS.

What piece of professional advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Practically speaking, keep your resume up to date at all times. You just never know when lightning may strike! And then on a personal level, one of my favorite quotes is from Oscar Wilde, "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

What part of your daily routine do you enjoy most?
I'm a night owl by nature, but I've discovered the key to happiness as a working mother is that precious wee morning hour when I can sip my coffee, organize my day, and think about my priorities. It just gets me in a positive frame of mind for all the noise.

If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
I would love to be able to cook a true five-course dinner. Anything is possible after a good meal!

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