Concord University education propels Myers’ career
Emily Myers is enthusiastic about Concord University. She has high praise for her alma mater crediting the school with providing a strong foundation upon which to build her professional career.
Myers graduated cum laude from Concord in 2002 with a B.A. in Communication Arts, concentration in public relations and advertising. She was an honors program graduate.
“We have an excellent communications program, very well-rounded,” the Cross Lanes resident said. “It’s very complete and teaches you how to do everything. It was a direct lead into my profession.”
While studying at Concord, Myers said she learned a range of skills from newspaper writing and radio advertising to creating a marketing campaign. Since graduating from Concord, she has followed a career path linked to her education.
Myers has served as public information specialist for the West Virginia Department of Transportation in Charleston; marketing/sales representative supervisor for Scientific Games (WV Lottery) in Charleston; and marketing director for the West Virginia Army National Guard.
She is currently public relations account executive for McDonald’s Restaurants of the Tri-State with Moroch Partners based in Parkersburg. In this position she manages the McDonald’s brand within West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. She continued her education by obtaining an M.S. in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University in 2005.
Myers said she values the opportunities to gain leadership skills provided by Concord’s campus organizations especially “the small school aspect for somebody like me who likes being involved in the community.”
“A small school like Concord gives you practice in getting out in the community…and being able to be a leader,” she said.
At Concord, Myers was President of Delta Zeta Sorority. She was also a member of the first color guard for the marching band; co-director of the public relations workshop; and, belonged to campus honoraries including Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Chi, and Cardinal Key.
Myers is also enthusiastic about keeping in touch with her Concord family, specifically young alums who live in the Kanawha Valley area of West Virginia and share similar interests.
She helped organize the Kanawha Valley Young Alumni Chapter and recently hosted a gathering for the group in Charleston. She points out the benefits of joining the group.
“It’s a way to get to know each other, do some networking, know what’s going on at Concord,” she said. “I have found in my career that networking is key, getting to know people who have something in common. Networking is a valuable way for young professionals to get to know people who can help them.”
She said the group plans to meet quarterly. Activities include tailgates at Concord football games in Charleston and pre-game dinners during basketball season. Myers also devotes time to other community organizations. She is area alumnae director for Delta Zeta Sorority; membership team co-captain for Generation Charleston; WV Walk MS/Bike MS Committee Member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and, board of directors member for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern WV.
A native of Poca in Putnam County, Myers enjoys working in her home region and hopes to sell other young professionals on the area. “My job is to stay here in the Charleston area and do my best of making the Kanawha Valley a more inviting place for young people to stay and to come back to live,” she said.