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

Paying It Forward Begins in College, Just Ask Katie

I spent the first part of this week in Boston where I saw future leaders of the public relations profession in action. And the future looks bright. Some 1,000 members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) participated in a wide range of meetings and workshops that exposed them to new ideas and…… Continue reading Paying It Forward Begins in College, Just Ask Katie

Find Mentors at Home, School and Work

My first corporate intern, Necole Merritt, LAGRANT Foundation founder Kim Hunter, Entergy’s Patty Riddlebarger and I discussed mentorship and career advice at Dillard University’s Mentoring Forum this week. LAGRANT scholarship recipient Danielle Miller, a Dillard senior, organized the program attended by nearly 100 students, and she wrote the following guest post. By Danielle Miller NEW…… Continue reading Find Mentors at Home, School and Work

Trent Ostrom: A Role Model Young Mentor

Last night, I had the honor to present the “Culpwrit” award for outstanding student mentor to Trent Ostrom, a senior at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Trent is described by his peers and faculty adviser as “a role model” in helping others succeed. Besides serving as an account executive at the student-run agency, MaverickPR, Trent…… Continue reading Trent Ostrom: A Role Model Young Mentor

Tips for Creating Authentic Mentorship Experiences

“Mentoring is really one of the strongest ways to spell success in public relations.” These wise words from the late Betsy Plank, namesake of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, rang true last night in the “Mentoring Matters” Twitter chat sponsored by the Center. Public relations professionals, educators and students chimed in to…… Continue reading Tips for Creating Authentic Mentorship Experiences

‘Culpwrit’ Award Winner: Kelsey Balimtas

By Geri A. Evans, APR “ . . . and the winner of the Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship is Kelsey Balimtas, president of the PRSSA Chapter at American University.” With these words, a very bright and talented young woman pursuing a degree in public communications with minors in marketing and psychology moved her dreams…… Continue reading ‘Culpwrit’ Award Winner: Kelsey Balimtas

Role Model Mentors Honored By Their Mentees

The importance and rewards of mentorship were underscored last night at the sold-out annual dinner of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations in Chicago. Six great mentors in the field of communications received Milestones in Mentoring Awards, which recognizes those who lead by example in helping others succeed. Honorees were introduced by individuals who they personally mentored over…… Continue reading Role Model Mentors Honored By Their Mentees