Austin Langlois '13
Adv Public Relations, Spanish
Sr. Communications Manager / Royal Philips
1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
After graduation, I started as a global PR specialist at Amway before moving to Miami to work at a boutique tech PR agency. However, after realizing that move wasn't for me, in true millennial fashion, I sold everything, booked a one-way ticket to Bali, and ended up opening my own communications consultancy and working remotely while traveling the world for two years. In 2020, I embarked on a new journey, back into the corporate world, taking a comms position in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where I live now.
2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
A huge part of my experience at GVSU was working as a tour guide in Admissions. I started as a Freshman and ended up giving tours until I graduated. Not only was it a great way to meet new people and learn how universities work, it also helped me greatly improve my public speaking skills, talking to strangers and getting them to fall in love with GVSU - all skills that have benefited me in my PR career :)
3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
One of the best managers I've had gave me advice that I'll always remember: "Sometimes you have to realize the ship has sailed - and you're either on-board or you're left standing on the dock." A lot in life (and work) you can argue about or try to improve - but there are just sometimes you have to accept a decision or a situation and move on.
4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand
Eye-opening. Personalized. Life-shaping.
5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I'd like to make an impact in reducing climate change - it's an issue where evidence-based solutions exist but we often lack the motivation, incentive or desire to change. However, there's great opportunity to make these solutions a reality at scale, and it's an area I'm personally interested in supporting - making our world a cleaner, healthier place to be.
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