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Have I Introduced You to Tracey Lam and Erin Merz, PR Heroes?

Dec 05, 2019

It was SO great to talk to Erin Merz, APR, and Tracey Lam, APR recently.

We talk about:

  • Our respective pets and the role they play in keeping us sane!

  • Challenges and tips for making career shifts.

  • The impact of managers in our career.

  • The impact of PRSA.

  • Erin and Tracey’s role in advancing diversity and inclusion.

  • Their exercise of choice.

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About Tracey Lam, APR:

Tracey is an award-winning communications professional with more than 20 years of experience.  She currently works as a communications specialist at OHSU, specifically supporting the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in its efforts to enhance the climate at OHSU through diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to this, Tracey served as the communications manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon and executive producer of special projects at KATU-TV. Tracey is also very involved in her community. She recently wrapped up a 3-year stint on the board of directors of the Public Relations...

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"No, but thank you."

Nov 25, 2019

“No, but thank you.” Simple to say. Important to master.

It’s 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Dinner ended two hours ago.

You’re at the in-laws.

They tell you how much time they spent making kinds of pies.

“I can’t wait for you to try all 5! And of course, it goes perfect with whipped cream. I make mine from scratch.” Has this happened to you? You didn't plan to eat five. You planned to have one with a glass of wine, and be satisfied but not stuffed. How do you respond? My recommendation

“Wow, that sounds lovely. No, but thank you. I know you spent so much time on this, but I am full. How about I take one piece for tonight, and we can wrap the rest to take with us when we leave?”

You can appreciate the time and effort put into the day. Sometimes you need to lay it on thick. But don’t let a potential guilt trip make you eat more than you want.

No matter what day it is, your body won’t recover faster because it’s a...

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Have I Introduced You to PR Hero, Jaimee Fox?

Nov 21, 2019

Do you know who I look up to every day? NEW MOTHERS! I interviewed Jaimee Fox, MA, APR recently for the latest episode of "Chasing the Sun." Jaimee is a dear friend, PR legend, an all-around amazing person, and brand-new mama to Jamal Jr. We chat about a number of parent-related topics: her time back from maternity leave, advice for new parents, and tips for those who manage and/or work with new parents.

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About Jaimee:

Jaimee L. Fox, APR is the Communications Project Manager for the Office of Equity and Inclusion for Multnomah County Health Department. Fox’s professional experience ranges from video production and public speaking to government and the nonprofit sector. As a versatile PR professional, Fox has progressive experience developing strategies that drive objectives and align with company values. A PRSA member since 2015, Fox joined the board of PRSA Oregon in 2019 as the director of advancement. A native Oregonian, Fox received her...

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Have I Introduced You to William Careri, PR Hero?

Oct 31, 2019

William Careri is my guest on this week's episode of "Chasing the Sun." It has been an honor to get to know William, a student at Temple University, a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), TEDxTempleU speaker, and mental health advocate. William shares his incredible journey, his advice for college students looking to start their career, and we also discuss the importance of prioritizing our mental health.

During this episode, we talk about:

  • William's role with PRSSA

  • How William's education and life experiences have led him to the path he's interested in pursuing

  • William's key takeaways from the PRSSA conference

  • The impact of mentorship What the semicolon means to William

Thank you, William, for your time! 

About William:

William Careri is a current senior at Temple University in Philadelphia where he is pursuing a degree in public relations. He currently holds an assistant firm director position at PRowl Public Relations,...

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Have I Introduced You to Ashley Stanford Cone, PR Hero?

Oct 24, 2019

This week, we chat with Ashley Stanford Cone of Bloom Communications. Like me, Ashley has had a recent career update and is totally crushing it in her new role! She has also been very public about sharing how she lives with anxiety. I so appreciated her time to discuss her career and how she lives her best life.

Today, we chat about:

  • Ashley’s time at Bloom Communications

  • Finding your niche and what you love.

  • Our message to college students about the difference between agency and in-house.

  • Ashley’s advice for those heading into agency life.

  • How Ashley balances self-care, work, and parenthood.

  • The importance of building trust in your teams.

  • How Ashley has learned how to live with anxiety.

About Ashley:

An accomplished communications professional with over 18 years of experience, Ashley is a natural storyteller and strategic thinker, always looking for a unique angle to share creative client stories. With a heart to help others, she has dedicated most of...

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Leading the Health and Wellness Discussion at PRSA International Conference

Oct 20, 2019

Today was really special. I had the opportunity to share my health and wellness journey, as well as my thoughts on how my fellow public relations professionals can live their best life.

A true career highlight to speak at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference this weekend. My topic was on how my fellow public relations professionals can live their best life to incorporate health and wellness, reduce stress, grow in the career, and thrive. It was an honor to be selected, seeing great friends and connecting with tomorrow’s PR leaders from @prssanational.

More about my session is below!

To continue to advance the profession and professional, we must not only advocate for ourselves and have a voice in major business decisions, but we also must do something often neglected: take care of our mind and body.

Annual studies show that our industry is one of the most stressful professions in the world, alongside surgeons and air traffic controllers....

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Have I Introduced You to Lise Harwin, PR Hero?

Oct 17, 2019

Lise Harwin, APR is an incredible example of someone who truly lives their brand.

I recently spoke with Lise, employee communications manager at the Port of Portland (Oregon). Lise is an expert in internal and employee communications. Recently, Lise and I realized that we share a similar weight loss journey. We chatted for almost an hour about her story so I broke it up into two parts!

 We talk about:

  • Lise’s career, which started in journalism, then moved to external communications, and now in employee communications.

  • Lise’s time as a public information officer.

  • Our respective weight loss journeys.

  • Tips for people coming into a job and how to make their health and wellness a priority.

  • The importance of being AWARE of what you’re eating.

  • How much we overemphasize the body mass index (BMI).

  • Tips to think about before you join a gym, heading out to restaurants, or traveling.

  • How Lise makes her mental and physical health a priority.

  • The...

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Guest Interview: Amy Rosenberg, Veracity for PR Talk

Oct 15, 2019

Check out my interview with Amy Rosenberg from Veracity for her “PR Talk” podcast!

In this episode of the PR Talk podcast, Amy and I sit down to talk about my company, the story of my weight loss journey and how that personal transformation inspired me to help my colleagues live happier and healthier lives.

I greatly appreciated Amy having me on right before the PRSA International Conference coming up in San Diego!

To read more about our conversation, please visit the Veracity PR website!

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Have I introduced you to Meghan Gardner, PR Hero?

Oct 03, 2019

This week, I had the honor of chatting with Meghan Gardner, Vice President of Matter Communications here in Portland. Meghan recently moved to the area with her family from Boston, and we had a great chat on a number of topics:

  • What Meghan’s experience has been like moving to Portland

  • What brought Meghan to Matter, her role at the company, and in Portland

  • What was it like moving a family across the country

  • Advice Meghan has for new professionals who make a life change like moving to another city

  • Working remotely

  • Business travel tips

We chatted for so long that I had to break it up into two parts. Enjoy!

About Meghan Gardner, Vice President

As head of Matter's Portland office, Meghan brings both an eye for detail and clarity of strategic vision to every client program. Her media relations, C-suite communications counsel, and messaging strategy skills have delivered exceptional results for brands from Netflix and Nordstrom to Avid Technologies, Acme Packets...

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My Journey With Peloton

Oct 01, 2019

It was amazing to speak with Crystal and Tom O’Keefe on the Peloton fan podcast “The Clip Out” about my weight loss journey and my love for Peloton. Enjoy!

Typically, I only hear the word “Peloton” around June and July when the Tour de France is on. Peloton means the main group of riders who essentially work together towards a common goal. Sometimes that’s a breakaway rider, but a lot of the time they are all pushing each other towards the end of each stage.

So, when I learned about Peloton over a year ago, the concept immediately came to life. As I’ve posted about the bike through my social networks, several friends have asked me more about my experience. I thought I’d share mine with you.

What is Peloton?

In literal terms, Peloton is a spin bike for use at your home (commercial-grade versions are available in select hotels, including a partnership with Westin).

How much does it cost?

The bike is $1995.00

What I love:

The community....

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