Who is Nancy Barry, you ask? She was the vice president of community services for the News and Channel 8. She decided which charities the two media outlets would favor. In PR circles, she’s like a powerful sith lord. As one PR babe put it to me: “We’ve all had to grovel at her feet at one time or another.” So why, after 16 years, is Barry leaving the warm, cash-lined bosom of Belo? She says, “I want to spend the rest of my life making a difference in the lives of others.” Apparently her job as VP of community services prevented her from doing that.
Her letter announcing her new plans, which include a self-help book:
To My Dear Friends,
I have some very exciting news to share with you!! I hope you won’t mind the news is being delivered via email. It was the fastest way to share this with you!
After almost 16 years with The Dallas Morning News and WFAA, I’ve decided it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life. I always tell people that I have the absolute best job in the world. So, you may wonder why I would consider leaving. Over the years, I have come to realize that life is short and we only have a brief amount of time to make a difference. I want to spend the rest of my life making a difference in the lives of others.
Making the decision to leave this incredibly wonderful company has been a very difficult one. At the same time, I am so excited about my future plans! My immediate plans are to consult in the area of community services for corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations. At the same time, I’m writing two books and will become a full-time motivational speaker.
The title of my first book is The Joys of Being A Mom: The Ultimate and Awesome Juggling Act! My goal is to help women realize they can do it all…be a great mom, have a successful career AND have fun while they’re juggling all of it. My plan is to speak to women’s groups, initially close to home, then at some point across the country!
I’m writing a second book that has a working title of Nancy’s 9: The Nine Keys to Success in Life and Business. I want to share the things I’ve learned during my 25-year career with others to help them be successful in life and in their careers. I plan to speak to groups who have an interest in becoming even more successful in their lives and careers and I’m developing a program to help college graduates go from the college world to the real world.
Now that you know a little bit about my plans, I’m sure you’ll see why I’m
so excited! My last day with the company will be Friday, July 1.