Although she’s been on National Board for over 3 years it’s always lovely to spend a little more time getting to know Kate Senter, our Immediate Past President, and finding out more about why she loves JCI.
Which chamber are you a member of?
How long have you been a JCI member?
What made you join?
A friend encouraged me to go along to a new member night in October 2008 because she thought I might enjoy the personal development aspect. I went along and signed up on the night and then met with her a few days later to see how I could get the most out of my membership…needless to say, I joined her 2009 local council team and never looked back!
What is the most interesting JCI event you’ve been to and why?
I can’t pick only one! No way! I have had SO many amazing opportunities – a whistle stop tour would be:
- European Academy in 2010 – this really changed my life and I learnt so much!
- My first World Congress in Brussels – wow! Wow! Wow! The training, the new friends, the camaraderie, the parties!
- Attending a champagne reception with Prince Albert of Monaco in his palace!
- Living with a Japanese family for a week as part of the Japan Academy
Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
Loads! See above! But mainly it has been great to develop my skills as a trainer!
What is your job/career/profession/business?
I am a senior internal communications manager for GlaxoSmithKline
Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
YES! I wouldn’t be in my role now! The ability to develop leadership skills has really pushed me forward and I owe a lot to the organisation.
Who is a leader you admire?
There are many people that I have met in JCI that I really admire – people who have shown me different ways to lead and that there isn’t a one size fits all approach!
What’s your proudest achievement?
My year as local president of JCI Sheffield was my proudest achievement I think. Working at a community level, with a brilliant team of people gave me the opportunity to shape my leadership style, learn LOADS and connect with my home city.
Kate after the Reaper obstacle run
If you were given the chance to enter the Big Brother house would you?
Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
I love physical challenges and have started to get involved in mud and obstacle runs! And if this wasn’t enough, I am in training to complete the Para10 – 10 miles, in army boots, with 15kgs on my back. What a joy! But for me, it is all about determination – something JCI has really taught me to use to great effect!
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