/stories/2019/10/navigating-success
Navigating success

Navigating success

Photo credit: Evan Garcia, University Communications
By Life@TheU

Photo credit: Evan Garcia, University Communications

Navigating success

By Life@TheU
As the 2019 recipient of PRSA's Communicator to Watch award, Janisse Patino-Martinez, senior manager of HR communications, shares advice on how she embraces change and new opportunities at the University of Miami.

Sure, it’s easy to give career guidance once you have reached the top of the ladder but what about the advice from those who are still making the climb? As the recent recipient of the 2019 Communicator to Watch award from the Miami Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Janisse Patino-Martinez, senior communications manager for Human Resources, shares insight on how she continues to reach her career goals and balance all that life has to offer.

Tell us about your current role at the University of Miami.
I am currently the senior communications manager for human resources (HR), reporting to the vice president of human resources. My role covers the development and implementation of University communication initiatives related to employee engagement, institutional values, branding, and senior level executive messages for prospective and current staff. I also work closely with communications colleagues throughout the University.  

What has motivated you to follow your current career path? 
As a first-generation college student and financial supporter for my family, I have always worked multiple jobs to provide for my loved ones. A mentor once told me “where others see obstacles, train yourself to see only opportunities.” The ability to do what I love every day and bring awareness to the services available to faculty, staff, and students fuels my passion and ambitions. I see firsthand how our programs aim to support an inclusive environment working alongside dedicated teams throughout the University. 

You’re involved with many organizations at the University and in Miami. How has your work with these groups helped shape your professional life?
The ability to serve a variety of organizations in and outside of the University community allows me to contribute to problem solving for a variety of stakeholders. I’m able to contribute to causes or initiatives that are close to my heart and this makes me a happier colleague and an asset to any team. More importantly, getting involved creates the possibility of making impactful connections along the way.

prsa group photo

Which professional development programs do you recommend at the University?
When I began my career at UM, I quickly became involved in organizations to learn more about the culture and work alongside key players. I took the time to attend professional development training opportunities such as Essentials of Leadership, Crucial Conversations, and the New Leader Experience, offered by HR’s office of talent and organizational development. These programs and tools have empowered me to gain practical skills that have continued to help me in my current position and support my long-term career development.

You’re the sole recipient of this year’s PRSA’s Communicator to Watch Award. What impact does this have on your current and future work?
Being honored with the Communicator to Watch Award, sponsored by rbb Communications, reassures me that I’m heading in the right direction. This award serves as a reminder of the importance of setting goals and working diligently every day to manifest them. I’m a product of the University and a testament to the amazing mentors and teams I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. This award is a byproduct of the amazing collaborations I’m lucky enough to participate in everyday that make the U such a special place.

What advice would you give to those who are working to advance their career?
Get involved! Find projects that you have a passion for and be willing to work on stretch exercises to advance your skill set. Take pride in what you do, celebrate differences, and work together to find solutions. Just don’t forget to share your own knowledge along the way.