Alicia Smyth, President, Florida Association of Colleges & Employers
The Florida Association of Colleges & Employers is proud to announce that this year’s John T. Brownlee Leadership Award recipient is Tracy Joinson. Tracy currently serves as Coordinator for the Career Center at Palm Beach State College, where she has worked for the last 18 years. Tracy served on the FloridaACE Board of Directors from 2006-2016. She spent four years as the Member-at-Large, School before serving terms as Secretary, Vice President, President, and Past President. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Keene State College and a Master of Science in Higher Education, Student Affairs from Florida State University. Additionally, Tracy was among the first members of FloridaACE to receive the President’s Award when it was established in 2012.
In order to be considered for the Brownlee Leadership Award, a member must receive two letters of nomination. Those who nominated Tracy spoke of her commitment and dedication to the association and to the career services profession. Many of Tracy’s accomplishments were cited, including her important role in helping to implement MemberClicks, the successful conference she chaired in 2013, and most importantly, her charge to change the name of our association from the Florida Career Professionals Association (FCPA) to the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers (FloridaACE), as we know it today. Of Tracy’s many accomplishments, the latter is considered her most profound, as it allowed for our association to better align with our regional (SoACE) and national (NACE) associations and started a trend of increased membership, conference attendance, and pride for the association among members.
The John T. Brownlee Leadership Award was established in 1987 by the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers (FloridaACE) in recognition of John T. Brownlee’s contribution and tireless efforts on behalf of the organization. It is the highest honor that a member of FloridaACE can receive and the list of recipients is a “who’s-who” of outstanding career services and human resources professionals who have led the way to make FloridaACE the exemplary organization that it is today.
Excerpts from the nominations Tracy received:
Over the course of many years, Tracy Joinson has “quietly” served the members of FloridaACE through her leadership on the Board as well as less visible interactions as both a volunteer and mentor. Tracy truly leads by example and is not the type of leader that will seek recognition for her efforts, nor, knowing her, want it. I have witnessed many times, her ability to listen attentively to a deep group conversation and then very naturally summarize and bring the topic to effective action. This form of leadership is crucial in setting goals for an organization like FloridaACE, in order to serve its members while continually moving it forward. – Mark Colvenbach, Director, Office of Career Services, The University of Tampa
Tracy embodies everything that FloridaACE could want in a member and in a leader, and accomplished many remarkable things during her tenure on the Board. … Even though Tracy is no longer on the Board, she has continued to positively impact FloridaACE by serving as chair of the vendor committee and by offering her assistance anytime we are in need. She has served as a sounding board for me on many occasions – more than I can count – and I value and trust her sound judgement and thoughtful approach to solving problems. – Alicia Smyth, Executive Director, Career Services, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Tracy’s “steadfast leadership without the expectation of recognition” and the positive impact that Tracy has left in her wake, both on and off the Board, make her truly deserving of this prestigious award. On behalf of FloridaACE, congratulations to Tracy for her many accomplishments with sincere gratitude for her service, dedication, friendship and leadership.
The call for nominations for the 2017 John T. Brownlee Leadership Award will be announced in the fall. Please consider nominating a FloridaACE member who has made a significant contribution to the association and/or the career services or university relations/college recruiting professions. A list of past award recipients and selection criteria can be found on the Brownlee Leadership Award page of the FloridaACE website.