Guest commentator: Ginny Susini, Vice President & Senior Banking Advisor, PNC Wealth Management @PNCBank and member of YPC’s Advisory Board 

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned so far during your professional career? What advice would you give to fellow YPC members who are hoping to grow professionally?

I am excited to be celebrating my 13th year with PNC Wealth Management this month and I have learned many lessons along the way. While they are too numerous for one blog post, I’ll break down my top three!

1. Take ownership of your path.

I have found that once you figure out what you want to do you need to communicate that. Whether it’s seeking a new position or participating in development of a new product or launch, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Let people around you know what you want. You are your greatest advocate. Speak up!

2. Get involved.

Giving of your time and talents outside of work can be beneficial in many ways. Seven years ago I joined the Young Professionals Council of the Chamber and it was one of the best decisions I made, personally and professionally. I was able to meet a diverse group of emerging professionals, of which many have become close friends, and I gained valuable leadership and board experience that led to my service as the Chair of the YPC Board. You can also get more involved within your organizations. Currently, I am the co-president of PNC’s Women Connect Employee Business Resource Group, which has enabled me to build relationships with colleagues I didn’t know within the company. I have also found that some of the best connections with others are made when volunteering with organizations throughout the city.

3. Be yourself.

I am a firm believer that if you are genuine you will make lasting impressions. You are uniquely you and that’s a huge part of what you bring to work every day. I have been able to excel at a company that celebrates diversity and allows me to be exactly who I am.