April 9 Meeting Recap

PaRtners Conference is Saturday April 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Capital University. The cost to attend is $23.16! Register by Friday, April 13th if you wish to attend!

The 2018 PRSSA National Conference is in Austin, TX! Please send an email to scripps.prssa@gmail.com saying that you intend to attend by Friday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m.

The Scripps PRSSA end of the year banquet is Sunday, April 22 at 2:30-4:00 p.m.  in Baker Theater! Click here to register to attend on Eventbrite (it’s free!). Also, click here to pick this year’s Scripps PRSSA Chapter superlatives!

The 2nd annual Scripps PRSSA Diversity Panel will be held Monday, April 16 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library room in Alden Library.

This week’s member spotlight is freshman Lauren Shiel!  She is a Strategic Communication Major, Finance and Marketing Minor with a certificate in Social Media and Global Leadership. She loves dancing, reading, writing and working out! Her career interest are in crisis communications and corporate PR. Keep up with Lauren on Twitter @Laurensheil101!

This week’s guest speaker and Bobcat alum was Neal Denton from the YMCA. He leads the Y’s advocacy programs for federal policies and funding. He has also worked for the American Red Cross for six years! Neal left Athens to intern for a member of Congress in Washington D.C. in 1985 and has stayed in D.C. ever since. Some of his clients have included American Heart Association. He advocates for students to pursue work that supports a good mission because this helps you sleep better at night. He spent a lot of his career working on blood issues as well as disaster response issues. He visited New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.

Neal pointed out that it is particularly challenging to be in non-profit and government work because sometimes big cities who are more liberal are found in the center of a more republican states. This means that massaging to these audiences is extremely important.

He also emphasized that human resource directors across the globe check applicant social media profiles before anything else.

He offered advice for both students and professionals in the real world to ensure they put themselves in the place where it happens. This means to work to be in the room where decisions are made. If you are not in this room, you are missing the opportunity to help those whom you represent. He reminded us that not every issue needs to be left and right.

In conclusion, he drove home the point that non-profit work is not about selling a product, but rather getting people to donate for the good of their community. He ended by saying if you know how to fundraiser and develop a project, you will always have a job. You can continue the conversation with Neal on Twitter @NealDenton!

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