Class of 2021: Time to Reflect, Plan and Thank Those Who Helped You Along the Way

My alma mater held its 2021 Commencement over the weekend and I had a special reason to watch. Karen Torres, the student Commencement speaker at Indiana State University, is an impressive communication major who earlier this year received the first-generation leadership scholarship created by my wife and me. Besides being an outstanding student, Karen was…… Continue reading Class of 2021: Time to Reflect, Plan and Thank Those Who Helped You Along the Way

Celebrating Betsy Plank’s Legacy One Day at a Time

It’s no secret that the late Betsy Plank was, and is, a public relations legend. Dedicating 63 years to the public relations profession, Betsy was an advocate for PR education and understood the importance of leadership, mentorship and ethics. The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations has seen an outpouring of interest and support…… Continue reading Celebrating Betsy Plank’s Legacy One Day at a Time

Jane Dvorak Commutes 13 Steps to Her Dream Job

Jane Dvorak, chair-elect of PRSA, is one of those rare public relations professionals who has only had two jobs during her long and successful career. In this Career Capsule, Jane discusses how time flies when you love what you’re doing. You can see why this Denver-based pro describes herself as a “Consultalancer©. Well, 30 years ago…… Continue reading Jane Dvorak Commutes 13 Steps to Her Dream Job

Networking: How I Became a “Hunter”

Someone recently asked me, “How can I become a stronger networker and turn relationships into business?” I thought about the question for a while before answering. What have I gained from the multitude of events and professional mixers I have attended through the years? It was not always easy for me to network, how did…… Continue reading Networking: How I Became a “Hunter”

Prof Advice to Students: Keep Calm, Join the Club

By Rafael Bruler Only 30% of the American population 18 years and over have an undergraduate degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This amount drops dramatically for individuals with graduate degrees. “Only 10% of the American population hold a graduate degree, and the decision to pursue one is the first step towards becoming part…… Continue reading Prof Advice to Students: Keep Calm, Join the Club

Always Lead With Kindness. . .And 5 Other Lessons I Learned on Being Happy at Work

By Kathleen Henson Reflecting on what has made me truly happy the past 14+ years owning and running HC, the same things seem to come to mind – being inspired, having flexibility/choices and surrounding myself with people who I truly care about. I was recently invited to appear on NBC’s Today Show to talk about finding…… Continue reading Always Lead With Kindness. . .And 5 Other Lessons I Learned on Being Happy at Work

More Jobs and Salary Growth Make This a Boom Time for Public Relations

Results from the 2015 PRWeek/Bloom, Gross & Associates Salary Survey Throughout 2014, we could feel the shift, and the changes were palpable: more jobs, faster hiring, a more robust market.  Was it a Chicago area phenomenon?  Or a nationwide trend?  Is it smoke and mirrors, or is it real?  What does it all mean for…… Continue reading More Jobs and Salary Growth Make This a Boom Time for Public Relations

Students Gain Real World Professional Experience

When the nearest major city is hundreds of miles away, a growing number of college PR programs are creating or ramping up student-run firms. This post discusses the University of Alabama’s impressive student-run agency and online magazine.

Professional Development Takes Center Stage

Training and other non-billable activities were eliminated or drastically scaled back by most firms during the seemingly endless Great Recession that allegedly has ended. As a result, a significant portion of an entire generation of public relations talent received minimal training during the critically important early stages of their careers. Young professionals I’ve talked with…… Continue reading Professional Development Takes Center Stage