c21tv episode four – Forty Under 40 – Maggie McDaniel
Maggie: I would say my biggest accomplishment at c21 is my growth within the company. I started out as an intern hoping I was going to be able to find a job, not just at c21 but anywhere because as recent college grads know, it’s really hard to find a job – especially one that you’re going to like. But luckily being at c21, they hired me as an account manager and soon after I was promoted to a senior account manager and now I serve as a director. So it’s been a really interesting ride but it’s been exciting and I’m really thankful for everyone here at c21 and the growth in my career.
The Rising Star
In 2019, I was named one of PRSA Georgia’s Forty Under 40 PR pros and it was an amazing accomplishment. I can honestly say that I don’t think that I ever would have thought that I would be named Forty Under 40 for anything but it’s an incredible honor and it motivates me to go even further in my career and it also shows that when you put in a lot of hard work, not just within your company or agency, but as a volunteer for an organization, you can really shine and your peers will notice that and it’ll also just go a long way in the long run. Like maybe even becoming PRSA of Georgia’s Forty Under 40 winner.
I love PR and digital marketing but I would say the most challenging part of my job is trying not to be hard on myself. I’m a perfectionist and when I make mistakes I often get carried away and really beat myself up about it. But I’ve learned that making mistakes is OK and they only make you better and help you improve your craft.
I went to the University of Mississippi and when I was a junior in college I was very active in the school of journalism there and through being active and just connecting with teachers and everything, I was selected to go on a trip with about ten other students to Ethiopia and this was an experience like no other. It was really exciting because our whole purpose of being there was to really engulf ourself into the culture as well as the university over there that my school was a partner with which was Addis Ababa University and I would say the most interesting thing about it all was one night we did a goat roast and they literally went out, got the goat that day, came back and was literally roasting it on an open fire and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before in my entire life. It was cool. And it was surprisingly really good. I was a little skeptical about it at first but it was delicious.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned since the pandemic is to really live in the present. I feel like we often get carried away with the future of our career or social life that we forget to live in the present and during this pandemic I have allowed myself to sit back, relax and enjoy everything that’s happening around you because if you only worry about the future, it’s only going to make you more stressed out.