Member Spotlight: Celia Mott

Name and Title: Celia Mott, Digital Communications and Engagement Specialist, Leon County Government

What inspired you to pursue a career in public relations?

I decided I wanted to pursue a career in PR during my internship with Leon County Community and Media Relations. I learned quickly that a communications department is vital to any organization. Leon County opened my eyes to aspects of public relations I didn’t have experience with. I loved the fast-paced environment of the communications field and I really enjoyed the variety of skills I gained each day.

Describe a project you were proud to be a part of.

I am proud of the grand opening of the Fred George Park and Greenway. I attended a conference a few months before the grand opening and came back with (what seemed like) a ton of ideas for the event. My team was very supportive of implementing the ideas. It was incredible to see how many people were excited for the new park and to see so many community members attend the grand opening.

What is one piece of advice you would give others entering the field?

Challenge yourself. Try new things, learn new skills and continue to push yourself outside your comfort zone. By challenging myself, I developed many new skills, discovered what I’m most passionate about in the field and I presented at a national conference.

What do you think is the biggest challenge creative-based professionals will face going forward? 

Finding a work-life balance. Our field is fast-paced and demanding. Sometimes it can be hard to disconnect, but we have to remember to unplug and make time for ourselves. Even though it may feel difficult to take time away from work, balance keeps you motivated.

What would your colleagues be surprised to know about you?

I really want to travel to Montana to visit Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, but I’m scared if I go, it’ll be too beautiful to ever come back home.

A lot of people also don’t know that I am the FPRA Capital Chapter Website & Technology Chair. :)

Have you had a mentor? If so, how has he/she influenced your career?

Being fresh out of college and eager to learn, I’ve been lucky enough to have many mentors in my career. Each of my colleagues have helped me grow in various aspects, teaching me different skills.