Ann Kellett, PhD
35th Anniversary Q&A
“BVIABC is a wonderful organization and I wish you all the best in the next 35 years!” –Ann Kellett, PhD
Question: When and why did you join or start participating in IABC? How did you become involved in the local chapter?
Answer: I got involved with our chapter in the late ‘80s in order to grow professionally and get to know other communicators.
Q: Have you held a leadership position with BVIABC? If so, which one(s) and when?
A: I was on the board for a few years. My first role was newsletter editor, and the wonderful Exa York tutored me in PageMaker (or its earlier equivalent) when it was very new. I served as president, I think in 2004-05.
Q: Please share any stories or comments about your service to our chapter. Was it a positive experience? Do you feel it has helped your career? Would you recommend it to others?
A: Like any organization, IABC provides rewards in proportion to the time and effort one puts forth. We are fortunate to be part of a community that attracts many talented and visionary communicators at all levels. After serving as president, I became much less involved in order to let newer and younger members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Q: Are you a member of other professional organizations, and if so, do you mind sharing which ones?
A: I am a member of a professional association for speechwriters and have been on the board of the local writers’ group, Brazos Writers, for many years, including two terms as president. I am also active in a local Christian philanthropic sorority called PEO, and the College Station Noon Lions Club.
Q: Would you share what your job is and why you love what you do? What draws you to communication as a profession?
A: I love being a writer! To me, nothing is more exhilarating that crafting messages (of whatever kind) that succeed in their stated goals. My father always told me that someone who can communicate well can do anything in life, and I believe that’s true. I was an English major at Hendrix College, a small, private liberal arts college in Arkansas, and have worked directly in my ﬁeld since the age of 18, and at Texas A& M since age 21. Being a writer at a major research university is the best of all possible worlds, in my opinion. The future belongs to those who can think and communicate clearly!
Q: What is one thing that you wish you’d known when you were starting out in your career?
A: One thing I wish I had paid more attention to early on was the importance of having mentors. I was very lucky in that a couple of people took an interest in my career and provided advice, but I wish I had been much more strategic in seeking out and getting to know experts in a variety of areas.