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A quick alert to let you know about a PRSA/Seattle panel discussion that we’re sponsoring called “Charting the Course of your Communications Career.”  The panel is comprised of top executives from Amazon, Microsoft, Sonos, and Minerva Strategies and will be moderated by our very own, Dan Lee, head of PR Talent | Seattle.  The discussion will focus on how to proactively plan your career versus taking the old ‘pinball approach’ used by so many of us!

We’ll likely roll this out to our other markets so keep your eyes peeled…  And if you happen to be in Seattle, please join!!  


                               Charting the Course of Your Communications Career 
– A Panel Discussion –

Navigating your professional career can be an unpredictable, uncertain endeavor – one that typically raises more questions than answers.

What’s the best way to negotiate a raise? Do I have better advancement opportunities at an agency, or with an in-house position? If I work in non-profits early in my career, will I have difficulty getting a corporate gig later on?

We all know communications professionals who succeed need a few foundational tools: rock-solid skills, drive and enthusiasm certainly never hurt any job applicant. But those who truly thrive have also mapped out their own career-development plan – and are ready to both roll with the punches and recognize opportunity when it strikes.

Join us August 18th to hear from a panel of senior-level communications executives who have seen it all in their own careers. The panel will be moderated by Dan Lee, Seattle and Pacific Northwest Vice President of PR Talent, and will feature:

  • Mary Camarata, Director, Global Communications, Amazon Web Services
  • Katie James, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft
  • Pete Pedersen, Vice President, Global Communications, Sonos
  • Joy Portella, President, Minerva Strategies

Bring your questions about taking charge of your communications career, as our panelists share their experiences and guidance on leading a successful career in the field.

The event will take place from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center: 101 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109.
This program is underwritten by a generous grant from PR Talent.

Price: $20 for PRSA members | $25 for non-members
At the door price: $10 more per person
Register online or call the PRSA office at (206) 623-8623
Registration deadline is 10:00 am August 17, 2016
No refunds after the deadline.

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