As a contributing member to the New York chapter’s Leadership Committee, May’s Member of the Month is more than deserving of this recognition. With a background in Hispanic languages and a love of art, theatre, and history, Elizabeth Bellsey is a welcomed asset to our chapter. She is currently the marketing coordinator at BAM Architecture Studio where she is honing her skills as a professional services marketer. Let’s read below as Elizabeth has shared some of her thoughts and ideas with us.
1. Where are you from originally and what brought you to New York City?
I am originally from Westchester, New York – not very far away! Growing up, it was always a delight to see deer or turkeys walking across the front yard. My parents each lived in the city after graduating college, and we came in for frequent visits throughout my childhood. Through these visits, they instilled in me an appreciation for history and theatre. I always enjoyed these trips, and I knew that, one day, I wanted to live here and take advantage of everything the city has to offer.
2. What degree(s) do you hold, and from what schools?
For my undergraduate degree, I attended Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and a minor in English. During my junior year, I had the opportunity to greatly improve my Spanish and gain insight into another culture by studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Attending Goucher was a wonderful experience – my professors were each incredibly passionate about their subjects, and provided truly encouraging learning environments for the students. I made many close friends at Goucher, many of whom also moved to New York City!
3. Describe your perfect Saturday.
New York City has so many options for a perfect Saturday, especially depending upon the season! For me, a perfect Saturday involves getting brunch or lunch with a small group and heading on an adventure to a park, art studios, museum or historical site. It is always a pleasure to visit the American Wing at the Met, see the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, or see an interesting exhibit elsewhere in the city. Recently, I saw a fun exhibit on Transit Etiquette at Grand Central’s Transit Museum.
After the day’s adventures, the evening would involve going to theatre to see a musical, play or dance performance. The city also has a ton of annual events that it is fun to stumble upon – last year, I went to the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park for sweet tea and a concert by an Elvis tribute artist!
4. Can you tell us more about your involvement with the Leadership Committee and what new things the committee is working on?
In addition to attending the monthly committee meetings and Leadership Lunches, I write the Leadership Lunch Event Recaps that appear on the SMPS-NY Spotlight Blog. I am currently planning my first Leadership Lunch for May 27th. Peggy Kennedy will lead a fun and informative session on presentation skills – I am really excited about it. Everyone should also keep their calendars open for the August 19th Leadership Workshop! Each year, the Leadership Committee invites a few speakers to present during the August workshop. It is a great opportunity to improve your personal leadership abilities, gain valuable skills and have thought-provoking discussions.
5. What blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I bounce back and forth between a few, but one of my favorites is the Smithsonian Transcription Center! The Smithsonian has enlisted the public’s help to transcribe text from historical documents in the collection that a computer cannot easily read. Whether handwritten or in a text that is mostly indecipherable for a computer, human transcription is the only way to record the information. It is incredibly cool to see this collaboration and think about the impact this will have on future research!
Though it isn’t a blog, I also love Broadway.com’s interview program Side by Side by Susan Blackwell. A professional writer, actress and singer herself, Susan Blackwell conducts really fun, engaging interviews with theatre performers. Her knowledge and background allow her to ask questions that are perfectly geared towards the performing community, and her sense of humor makes for some amazing moments! In addition to her awesome personality, a main differentiator of Side by Side is the setting for the interviews – rock climbing, feeding goats, and once while performing chores in her apartment!Tags: Member of the Month