The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association is an entirely volunteer-run organization. Each month, the Chapter selects a Volunteer of the Month in order to recognize the extraordinary effort of these hard-working and dedicated individuals. The Volunteers of the Month are nominated and voted on by the Chapter’s Executive Board.
Leslie Kendrick of the Collegiate Relations Committee has been selected as the Volunteer of the Month for April 2016. Kendrick is a full-time faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Leadership Education’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program, teaching several courses, directing the Center’s internship program and advising JHU’s student AMA chapter. She previously served as Chair of the Collegiate Relations Committee and helped launch the annual Student Job Workshop and the Marketing Education Endowment/Scholarship Awards. In addition to her current work with AMA Baltimore, she also serves on the national AMA Collegiate Chapters Council.
As Director of Student Job Workshop, Kendrick organized AMA Baltimore’s student job workshop for the 24th year, bringing together 75 students from area colleges to hear insights on marketing careers from executives in a variety of industries. Watching the event grow from around 10 students in its first few years to its current size fills Kendrick with pride: “I fell into mentoring early on in my career and realized how rewarding it is to help students explore the marketing field and learn how to network with marketers at AMA events and find their passion.”
Kendrick cites “lasting business relationships and friendships” as the key benefits of her AMA volunteering experience and encourages others to volunteer their time on a chapter committee. “ I’ve learned that people volunteer for different reasons–to give back, to make friendships, to establish relationships for new business and to enhance their skill sets by either broadening their experience and/or managing others. I strongly believe that if you get people to experience the AMA through even a small volunteer role, they can see how rewarding giving back can be. “
Dov Hoffman, president of AMA Baltimore, noted, ““Leslie has been an avid AMA member for many years and is one of our biggest champions here in Baltimore. She continues to be an ambassador for AMA as an active volunteer with the Collegiate Chapters Council and a huge supporter of the student chapter at JHU, where she serves as the faculty advisor and continuously promotes the value and benefit of involvement at the student level.”
To learn more about volunteering with AMA Baltimore, please visit our volunteer page.