Plank Center: Shaping Next Generation of Leaders

By Christine Albrecht There’s a fair amount of pressure that comes along with serving as leaders for a center devoted to leadership! Luckily, the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations is led by a dedicated board, volunteers and small staff of dedicated professionals and academics. Karla Gower, Joanne Bischmann and Colleen Dolan sit at…… Continue reading Plank Center: Shaping Next Generation of Leaders

Business Acumen Is Imperative for Our Profession

By Ron Culp During a recent Economic Club of Chicago member group discussion that I led, civic leaders vividly described the dire need to improve business literacy among high school students. Despite their personal business accomplishments, more than a couple of the leaders mentioned how they wished their own children better understood business basics. I…… Continue reading Business Acumen Is Imperative for Our Profession

Paying it Forward With Tomorrow’s Students of Color

By Remberto Del Real When I was a kid, I would spend many weekends tagging along as my father visited the clients of his HVAC business, providing heating, ventilation and air conditioning services throughout Chicago. That meant working in freezing conditions (if the heat was out) or alternatively boiling conditions (if the AC was out)…… Continue reading Paying it Forward With Tomorrow’s Students of Color

PR Career Advice You Should Never Follow

If you’re looking for work in the public relations industry, or you’re hoping to advance in your existing career, you’ll hear all sorts of advice about what you should do to land an interview or a job, what sector you should work in, and how you should grow your career. Although well intended, a lot…… Continue reading PR Career Advice You Should Never Follow

Key to Achieving Diversity in Public Relations: Fill the Pipeline with More People of Color

An interview with Kimberley & David Rudd by Fredericka Davis By Fredericka Davis Our conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion was held in the midst of a pandemic and during the ongoing U.S. Presidential election. Although the focus of our conversation was to gain the perspective of the featured executives viewpoint on Diversity, Equity and…… Continue reading Key to Achieving Diversity in Public Relations: Fill the Pipeline with More People of Color

Former PR Prof’s Different Approach to Education ‘Awakens the Heart’

By Jenna Ranieri After noticing very few people in the Public Relations and Media space look or thought like her, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang decided to “walk-the-talk” and disrupt the flow of the industry. At the time, she was a professor of Public Relations and social media at Stockton University. The longer she taught, the more…… Continue reading Former PR Prof’s Different Approach to Education ‘Awakens the Heart’

Finding Your Voice and Using It: Jocelyn Jara Hachem Works to Make a Difference in the Workplace

By Vanessa Morales Jocelyn Jara Hachem knew from a young age that she didn’t want to be un-biased, she wanted to use her voice, to have her opinion heard, and tell stories that matter to people. This is why after briefly dabbling in journalism Jocelyn changed her focus to public relations. She admits that early…… Continue reading Finding Your Voice and Using It: Jocelyn Jara Hachem Works to Make a Difference in the Workplace

Tackling Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Personally and Professionally – How can we do better?

By Geoff Curtis For more than six months, I have been on a journey – one of education, understanding and action. While I’ve always considered myself an inclusive person, the recent and ongoing events specific to anti-Black racism, which have impacted me, my friends and colleagues, have made me realize that I have a lot…… Continue reading Tackling Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship Personally and Professionally – How can we do better?

Charlene Wheeless: Her Story. Her Purpose

By Elizabeth Korda Oftentimes, we find ourselves in the least imaginable places. Our hopes and dreams of becoming one thing transforms into potential we never thought we would reach. However, when we reach our peak, sometimes we still don’t feel that we have gained anything at all, especially, when we begin to lose ourselves. But…… Continue reading Charlene Wheeless: Her Story. Her Purpose

Be the CEO of Your Career

By Emma Gresser Hi, friends! My name is Emma Gresser. I am going to give you a glimpse into a conversation between my good friend, PR rookie, and member of my personal board of directors, Andrew Cook. Andrew and I met when we moved to Chicago after graduating from undergrad. I was pursuing a MA…… Continue reading Be the CEO of Your Career