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Featured Alumna: Katie Boothroyd

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Alumna Katie Boothroyd pets some friendly canines during an advocacy event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she serves as director of communications.
Alumna Katie Boothroyd pets some friendly canines during an advocacy event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she serves as director of communications.

Katie Boothroyd (IPVS 08) jokes that when she graduated from college with an English degree in 2008, she had two choices in a very uncertain job market: to quote Chaucer on the street for food or learn some applicable skills.

Boothroyd chose the latter and spent the summer after graduation in the TFAS Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service, where she took TFAS courses accredited by Georgetown University and interned at a D.C. nonprofit SharedHope International. Through the experience, she started gaining skills that led to career opportunities and ultimately, she established herself in her city of choice, Washington, D.C.

“For me, TFAS was an intermediary step between graduating from college and the real world. I had three months to continue to learn and grow academically, figure out what I wanted to do, and start transitioning to the city I wanted to live in. It gave me time to invest in my growing up process and I really appreciate that.”

Six years later, Boothroyd has enjoyed rich professional and personal experiences while living and working in D.C. She developed professionally through working at Shared Hope International as a fellow, CBS Radio in marketing and sales, and at Godiva as a manager. Currently, she is the director of communications at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. Her job requires creativity—the area where she says the thrives—to create public messaging campaigns, write press releases, create graphics and raise awareness within the community.

The best way to effect change in the world is to inspire others.”

“It’s exciting to be part of such an exceptional organization,” Boothroyd said. “If you follow the medical innovations taking place, we are moving closer to a cure. My goal working here is to be put out of a job because we found a cure.”

She says that all of her work experiences, and former mentors, have helped her grow into her current responsibilities.

“My mentors shaped my management style and their influence helps me make sure my interns and employees at the MS Society have a positive experience. Their enthusiasm shows in their work, the projects they work on are substantial, and it’s fulfilling,” Boothroyd said.

Boothroyd also stays connected to TFAS through participating in the TFAS Mentor Program.  Mentors are alumni and non-alumni working professionals who provide an extra link to the D.C. community for students. Mentors give students tips about living in D.C., as well as networking and professional advice.

“I love mentorship. I think mentorship is the backbone of any successful person,” Boothroyd said. “I look at my mentors and what I’m doing, where I’m going, and those are the people who have helped shape my worldview.”

Looking back, Boothroyd said if she had a Hashtag for TFAS it would be # Training Leaders of the Future.

“The best way to effect change in the world is to inspire others,” Boothroyd said.

 

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