The Postal Service can learn from the success of African-American Postal League United for Success (A-PLUS), PMG Megan Brennan told the organization’s national convention last week.
“A-PLUS was created in part to promote networking, and they’ve done that very efficiently,” she said. “We need to do that throughout the Postal Service.”
Brennan has made workforce development a top priority since becoming PMG in February.
She encouraged attendees to be confident when pursuing career advancement, offering this advice: “Sell yourself on the basis of your skills. That’s critically important.”
The PMG, who began her career as a letter carrier in Lancaster, PA, also suggested attendees seek out mentors. She recalled how then-Chief Operating Officer Clarence Lewis Jr. gave her “the opportunity of a lifetime” when he brought her to USPS headquarters on her first detail assignment.
Former employees also can serve as mentors, the PMG said. “We have a room full of experienced retirees. Tap them, learn from them. They are a source of infinite wisdom and knowledge,” she said.
The PMG received her biggest round of applause when she quoted a Chinese proverb: “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”