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Mary Warner-Reese

Indian Trail Middle School and Winter Springs High School, Winter Springs, FL
University of Central Florida
Customer Service Team Leader and Culture Ambassador, Publix Supermarkets

What did you gain in TSA that helped you in your career? 

As a member, I gained confidence and learned communications skills. In addition, through my officer roles as chapter sergeant at arms, vice president, and president in middle school; chapter vice president and president in high school; Florida TSA treasurer and vice president; and national TSA treasurer—I learned a great deal of time management  and networking skills and the ability to be approachable. I could not recommend enough the experience of running for office at any level. It was such a blast and it enabled me to forge amazing relationships with some fantastic people. Now that I work in a leadership role in my organization, I utilize all of those skills on a daily basis. As for TSA competitions, Chapter Team is and will always be my favorite; however, I have soft spots for Extemporaneous Presentation and Desktop Publishing as well.

What advice do you have for current TSA members? 

Be confident in your ability to accomplish your goals and never be afraid to set big goals for yourself. Do not forget those who helped you along the way—and stay humble!