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Lessons Learned While Networking

Lessons Learned While Networking

 |  Feb 19, 2020

How do you create meaningful connections? Marissa shares her thoughts from a recent networking experience. Click the link to read!

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My Advice for Attending Your First SPJ Valley Publicity Summit

My Advice for Attending Your First SPJ Valley Publicity Summit

 |  Oct 8, 2019

Are you already looking forward to next year’s SPJ Valley Publicity Summit? Check out Autumn's advice for attending your first summit.

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Coffee, Breakfast and Paul Maryniak: What I Learned

Coffee, Breakfast and Paul Maryniak: What I Learned

 |  Dec 6, 2018

Yesterday, eight of us PR pros had the chance to connect in a more intimate setting in downtown Gilbert. The guest was none other than Paul Maryniak, a veteran newsman and executive editor of several Times Publications, including the East Valley Tribune, Ahwatukee Foothills News, SanTan Sun News, Scottsdale Progress and Gilbert Sun News. Ready […]

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How to step-up a community relations effort

How to step-up a community relations effort

 |  Oct 23, 2018

Community relations often plays a key role in an organization’s ability to connect with its audience.  It’s no different for law enforcement agencies who are always working to update their images and improve how they are perceived while helping keep us safe. The Phoenix Police Department has stepped up its game in reaching its audience […]

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The End of Spell Check?

The End of Spell Check?

 |  Oct 19, 2018

Spell check has provided a much-needed crutch for many adults who are not – or have never been — great spellers. Spelling is emphasized in schools through weekly spelling tests and spelling bees for the excellent spellers.  It’s so important to us that the winners of statewide and national spelling bees are shown on newscasts, […]

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Become a Diversity Advisor for Your Organization

Become a Diversity Advisor for Your Organization

 |  Oct 3, 2018

I was part of the planning committee for the recent Improving Disability Communications workshop hosted by the  National Center on Disability and Journalism at ASU’s Cronkite School,  Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and Ability360.  Our agency has been involved in disability advocacy and disability affairs for several years.  Thinking of disability in the context of […]

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A tribute to the "Greatest Saturday Morning in PR"

A tribute to the "Greatest Saturday Morning in PR"

 |  Sep 21, 2018

Saturday morning I walked into the Barrett Honors College at ASU for the 15th annual Valley Publicity Summit presented by SPJ.  I was greeted by Mark, the man who happened to be my professor at the very same school eight years prior. Remember the whole introverted  thing? It kicked in. I grabbed some coffee, found […]

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Professional Networking – Start in College!

Professional Networking – Start in College!

 |  July 25, 2018

As a college student, the term “networking” is tossed around in nearly every career-related conversation. The idea of it can seem daunting, or like something to be figured out later on in one’s career. In some cases, students place no priority on networking because they don’t know how to do it or understand it’s importance. […]

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How Powerful Is The  Written Word?

How Powerful Is The Written Word?

 |  June 19, 2018

Harvey Mackay leads by example, which is just as important as the written words that support it. He has always backed-up his relationships with meaningful action, even when it is the recommendation of a good physical therapist.

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Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

 |  June 14, 2018

We have all encountered many teachers throughout our career as students. Each teacher impacts our lives in some way or another. However, there are those rare teachers that leave a lasting impression. For me, those teachers were Ms. Uhl and Mrs. Trainor. A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting up with these […]

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How To Make People Better

How To Make People Better

 |  May 11, 2018

Jim Morris, the inspiration for the film The Rookie, talked on overcoming life’s obstacles and living your dreams at a recent Accelerant event.

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Why I Still Invest in Professional Development

Why I Still Invest in Professional Development

 |  May 1, 2018

Even though Abbie will soon be celebrating 25 years at HMA Public Relations and 31 years in the industry, she still invests in her professional development.

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