In honor of Women’s History Month and National Girl Scout Day, we asked Susan Ennis, APR, CPRC to share her insight about the value of being a PRSA Orlando Chapter member.

How long have you been a member of PRSA Orlando?

I joined PRSA in 2015, and have also served as a member of the board of directors. 

Why did you join PRSA Orlando and what have you gained from being a member?

Membership in a public relations professional association has many benefits. Friendships forged over the years are the one thing I most cherish. Professional development and the opportunity to continually learn and grow prepared me to take on the extraordinary challenges that come with senior leadership. Earning my accreditation and certification bolstered my confidence, and the skills I learned have helped me every day. 

How has PRSA helped you further your career?

Throughout my PR career, all but one job I’ve held, came as a result of networking in the PR world. 

What is the significance of National Girl Scout Day?

On March 12, 2012, Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, telephoned a cousin in Savannah, Georgia and announced, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” This year the Girl Scout movement celebrates 110 years of building strong, confident girls, preparing them to take on the grand societal challenges of their generation. 

Girl Scout alumnae hold leadership positions throughout our society. They serve our country in public office, run corporations, healthcare organizations and nonprofits, shine in media and entertainment and have served as crew members of numerous spaceflight missions. 

Since this is National Women’s History Month, how will National Girl Scout Day honor the history of women and inspire girls to pursue their dreams?

Girl Scouts has played an integral role in shaping women’s leadership roles since 1912. It is only natural that National Girl Scout Week should fall mid-way through National Women’s History Month. Girl Scouts of Citrus (GSC), which serves six Central Florida counties, has just completed construction of the Women’s History & Cultural Center (WHCC) – the very first of its kind in Florida. Holding the groundbreaking on March 12, 2020 – just as the world was shutting down in its fight against COVID-19, GSC had hoped to announce the grand opening of the WHCC this month. Supply chain issues, coupled with COVID, caused many unexpected challenges and delays.

Envisioning and building the Women’s History & Cultural Center has been one of the most exciting (and challenging) projects I have ever taken on. The center will celebrate the accomplishments of women across Central Florida and our nation, while inspiring the next generation of young women who will tackle the varied challenges facing our world and our families.