President’s Message: October 2015

For most people, the holidays are considered “the most wonderful time of the year,” or at least that’s how it goes in the song. But for public relations people, this is the most wonderful time of the year – the PRism Awards, presented by GM. This annual event – our 51st! – is held each…

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President’s Message: September 2015

It’s hard to believe that we are headed into the final quarter of the year and we are only a month away from our industry’s biggest event here in Southern California: the 51st Annual PRSA-LA PRism Awards. The PRisms recognize and celebrate excellence in the profession, both the work and the people who rise above…

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President’s Message: August 2015

The recent shooting in my hometown of Houston, in which a sheriff’s deputy was targeted, shot and killed by a black suspect, is being investigated as racially motivated crime. Some have linked it to other incidents across the country involving unarmed black suspects killed by law enforcement officers. Racial bias is an important topic in…

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President’s Message: July 2015

Like many in the public relations profession who spend a lot of time managing client crises, I have watched with great interest the myriad of difficult situations that have played out in the media lately and wondered to myself, “how will their PR person counsel them on this?” IKEA had to contend with the unfortunate…

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President’s Message: June 2015

Reflecting on weeks of protest in our nation’s cities and last week’s landmark Supreme Court rulings, I’m reminded of the importance of public relations professionals and our role as advocates, leaders and message bearers who create and communicate change. Change depends on and invites robust public conversation, which we in our profession are uniquely qualified…

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President’s Message: May 2015

It’s hard to believe that the dog days of summer are upon us, but 2015 is really flying by. For the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA, it’s a product of our first half of the year being chock full of events and activities. We held our first Annual Meeting of the Membership in conjunction with…

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President’s Message: April 2015

Diversity and Inclusion has been a hot-button topic for some time – even the term itself is hotly debated. Diversity was the subject of this year’s Kenneth Owler Smith Symposium at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, and in a forum where the panel was comprised primarily of Baby Boomers and the audience primarily…

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President’s Message: March 2015

Just ten short days ago, the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA hosted the 2015 Western District Conference, which drew a sell-out crowd for two days of outstanding programming, fun special events and unparalleled networking opportunities with some of our profession’s brightest stars. The event was a year in the making, organized by chapter board members…

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President’s Message: February 2015

By now, most of us are swept up in the flurry of activity that accompanies the start of a new year and it’s no different for PRSA-LA. With a record-breaking “State of the State of PR” program in January, we have hit the ground running with a robust calendar of activities designed to educate, motivate…

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President’s Message: January 2015

The arrival of a new year marks a turning of the page in PRSA-LA’s chapter leadership, when one president hands the reins to a new one. Despite the natural inclination to look ahead, we can’t do so without looking back to the actions and events that got us here to this moment in time. This…

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