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Serving PRSSA and the Public Relations Profession

It’s an honor to be elected to the programming chair for the St. Louis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. I’m excited to begin my term in this position and to help serve the society of the public relations professional.

Speaking of honors, earlier this month I was privileged to attend the PRSA/PRSSA National Conference in Austin, Texas to receive the Gold Key award from PRSSA. From the PRSSA website: “The highest honor a PRSSA member can receive, the National Gold Key Award,recognizes students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities within their PRSSA Chapter.”

I was very honored to be given this award, as a expression of gratitude from the organization I dedicated a year of my life to serving. For the calendar year June 2017 to June 2018, I served the society in the capacity of Vice President of Events and Fundraising for the National Committee. “PRSSA is led by the National Committee, a group of 15 students and professionals dedicated to assisting you. Get to know your National Committee by browsing their biographies below or contacting them directly with your questions.”

In this role, I oversaw the planning and production of the Regional Conferences across the U.S. and the first International Regional Conference in Lima, Peru. I also served as a resource for the chapters in their fundraising initiatives.

 I’ve had the pleasure of traveling the country to meet and work with the best and brightest PR students and professionals, helping to create conferences where we learn and     network through rich programming. These events gave us a chance to come together and learn from one another broadening our network while we work together for a brighter future of the field.

 Attending the PRSSA National Conference for the Gold Key put me in close proximity to so many great leaders in the field of PR, as well as many of the leaders from our district who were also attending the conference.

 It was great seeing the immediate former Chair for PRSA Jane Dvorak and mentors to PRSSA whom I have gotten to know well and respect immensely, like Alisa Aggozzino, current National Faculty Advisor; Kelly Davis, immediate past Professional Advisor; Ben Butler, current Professional Advisor; Michelle Olsen and Gary McCormick, Advisors to the society and champions for PRSSA; Brandi Boatner, a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for her service to the society as well as her lasting leadership over the last decade; and the ever wonderful, kind, caring, charming and fearless leader Jeneen Garcia, Executive Director of PRSSA.

 These leaders and mentors have become so near and dear to my heart as they’ve helped push me beyond what I thought I was capable of, growing in my public relations skills and networks. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today and wouldn’t deserve this award.

 I’m thankful for my home chapter of PRSA St. Louis in giving me the ability to attend the national meeting and allowing me to serve as the incoming programming chair. I hope to bring a vision for high quality events to enrich each of our careers and bolster our community in the St. Louis area and nationally, establishing St. Louis as a thought leader and example of what a quality Chapter should be.

I’m thrilled to get the chance to bring these memorable, meaningful and enjoyable events to the vibrant network of public relations, integrated communication professionals.

It’s an honor to receive the Gold Key Award, an honor to be elected to the STL board and a pleasure to serve.

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