Member Spotlight: Travis Snyder

Member SpotlightName: Travis Snyder

Employer: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Title: Senior Communications Specialist

Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you   feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss


Why did you join IABC St. Louis?  I joined IABC St. Louis in January this year for the opportunity to network and learn best practices from other business communicators in the St. Louis area. Though I’ve only been a member a few months, I have already gained valuable professional insight through my attendance at IABC professional development events. I’ve learned how to better manage my time, how to stay focused on the most important aspects of my job, and I’ve learned the real value of what we do as professional communicators.

What possessed you to enter the communications profession?  I have a passion for meeting people and telling their stories, as well as taking complex subjects and writing about them in a way that’s easy for everyone to understand. My career in communications allows me to explore these passions on a daily basis. I’m from Indiana and I moved to St. Louis in July 2014 to advance my career. I’d previously worked as a news reporter for a local newspaper in my hometown of Vincennes, Ind.

How would you describe your role at Mallinckrodt? As a communications specialist, I develop communications that support and reflect Mallinckrodt’s focus on improving lives in a variety of ways, including employee emails, news articles, blog posts, web and graphic design, photography and digital signage to name a few.

What do you like most about your job? I like that my role as a communicator allows me to work with several different functions within our organization, and as a result, I get to meet a lot of people within the company and out in the community. I am always meeting new people and building relationships, and that is what excites me to come to work every day.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in communications? Don’t be afraid to assume and even ask for more responsibility. Opportunities to advance your career don’t usually come to you – you have to seek them out. Also, learn as much as you can from your colleagues. Never stop listening and learning. I have been fortunate to learn from very talented and knowledgeable professionals at Mallinckrodt.