Take 5 with Kim McGrath

Kim McGrath

Director, Wake Forest University News and Communications

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Kim McGrath

1. How do you define success for yourself? What has helped you to be successful?

Success for me is finding a way to say ‘yes’ when ‘no’ is the easier answer. I’ve learned to stop and think before responding to a request or idea, especially when there seems to be no way to fit anything more in the schedule. Taking a few seconds to remember that there may be a way to help without a huge investment of time makes everyone feel good and builds the trust that is so important in communications!

2. Think of a time that you faced a challenge, obstacle, or roadblock. How did you get through that and what did you learn?

Well, it goes back to saying ‘yes’ when ‘no’ would be easier. Stretching is the only way to build new skills. I’ve learned that asking questions, being uncomfortable and making mistakes is the only way I can continue to grow and learn. Also, most people are appreciative and eager to help when we say up front that a task or experience is new for us.

3. Who are your people (either by name or role) who help you to be successful/confident/intentional/reflective/any other descriptor you want to use? And how have they helped you?

The people who help me feel confident and successful are the people I work with all over campus who recognize my skills (and the places I need more skills) and enjoy my sense of humor. Our news team is very tight. We have to support each other as some days can be stressful. Our Communications and External Relations team more broadly are my people as well. I watch for ways I can help them and they give it back to me.

4. How did you find your people?

By working at a place I love with a mission we are supporting together.

5. What advice would you give to Wake Forest students as they look for their people?

Find what you love and you’ll find your people. And don’t be afraid to say ‘yes’ to challenges. People who help you grow and be a better human being are “your people.”