Setting PR Career Goals: Advice from PR Professionals

October 14, 2020

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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PRSA St Louis FREE Webinar Series continues! Join us for 

Setting PR Career Goals: Advice from PR Professionals

This panel discussion will highlight three public relations professionals who will share advice for setting and reaching career goals. Come ready to ask questions about how to get ahead in this ever-changing industry.



About our Speakers

Nez Savala, APR

Nez Savala is a communications and public relations professional, an advocate for students in public education, a volunteer, a storyteller and a runner.

In August 2017, she joined St. Louis Community College as the communications manager. She has more than 18 years of career experience in communications and PR, including public K-12 education, public post-secondary education, municipal government, community non-profit organizations and corporate retail advertising. “No matter what my title or job role is, I am a communicator and an educator at heart.”

As an advocate for students in public education, the best part of her job is telling the stories of students and sharing positive examples of their successes. “I always want students to see themselves, and their potential, in their own stories and in the stories of others.”

Nez earned Accreditation in Public Relations in June 2013 and served as APR chair for PRSA St. Louis in 2015. She is an active volunteer for Ferguson Twilight Run and Komen Missouri, helping behind the scenes to assist with signature events for both local organizations.

A self-proclaimed Kansas girl, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia. “My heart bleeds purple! I make no apologies!”

Twitter: @NezSavala LinkedIn: Nez Savala


Tina Carrol

Christina “Tina” Carroll brings more than 30 years of experience in communication. Over her tenured career, Tina has worked as a corporate communications specialist, public television producer, marketing and public relations communications director, account director, college professor, small agency owner and most recently as a change management consultant in corporate engagement.

Tina has delivered award-winning campaigns for businesses in industries that range from healthcare, retail, and finance to nonprofit and government organizations.

Tina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University. She is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional and is Prosci Change Management certified.

Career highlights include:

- Producing an award-winning arts program for KETC Channel Nine

- Being nominated for a regional Emmy award for a PBS documentary

- Leading communication teams supporting national health and wellness campaigns for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

- Developing and leading member and marketing communication efforts for Magellan Health Services

- Leading behavior change management efforts for regional and global business initiatives for Bayer Crop Science


Sean Hadley

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Sean Hadley is a Manager of Public Affairs for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). He is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of MSD’s strategic and tactical public affairs functions, including media relations, stakeholder engagement, local government affairs, issues management, and crisis communications.

Sean joined MSD in November of 2014 and has over 20 years of experience working within local government, non-profit, and the television news environment. He is an award-winning journalist who has worked with and within the media on all levels. Sean has been involved in developing and successfully implementing a variety of digital media and public engagement campaigns for various non-profits and local government agencies within the St. Louis region.

Sean graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.