Name: Rhonda Sciarra
Title: Senior Manager, Communications; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
How long working in communications:
15+ years

1. Describe yourself in seven words or less.
 Results-driven storyteller. Puggle mom. St. Louisan in Jersey.

2. What do you like most about what you do for a living?
 Our opportunity to shape and effect the course of our organization, amid a world in which the way communications happens is undergoing tremendous shifts and change. This is balanced with the enduring foundation storytelling has in society. We have immense ability to create connection and make a positive difference.

3. How would you explain what you do to a child?
 As communicators, we share stories, paint pictures and connect dots to help our organizations do good in the world.

 4.  How did you choose corporate communications as a career?
I fell into an internal communications role at Enterprise Holdings after finishing graduate school. Prior to that, I had worked at a newspaper reporter at The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, where I covered crime and fire.

5.  Describe one impactful moment, resource or insight from IABC.
Hands down, the IABC World Conference experience. I highly recommend every communicator attend at least once. It is hard to name just one moment, resource or insight. As a leader at the local and regional roles, I see IABC as an investment that continues to provide returns in value.

6.  If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
Try not to sweat the small stuff. Focus on what you can control, and let go what you can’t. Call your Mom, more often.

7.  What was most fun you ever had while getting paid to do it?
In a prior role, each year we worked on securing photography and video of our operations in a beautiful part of Wyoming. This involved art direction and project management on the planning side and during the shoots, typically 14 hour days in what could be extreme weather. We photographed impressive and large operations equipment, and captured the uniqueness and beauty of these operations and reclamation, but the people we worked with – spending time with the core employee base at the heart of the organization – was my favorite experience each year.

8.  What’s one thing about you that few people know?
I spent my high school years working on an Arabian horse farm, teaching summer camp, tending to horses, and having countless thrills cantering through wooded trails, along with owning a horse for a small stint.

9.  What do you do when you’re not at work?
Volunteer and train with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. I’ve completed five marathons and countless halves.

10. Ask me about: 
Anything related to St. Louis. Stories from my time as a newspaper reporter.

11.  Find me on:

@Rhonda_Lea on Twitter