Join professionals from a wide variety of communications fields on Tuesday, June 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Ultimate Mixer in Downtown Orlando. It’s FREE to attend; RSVP now. PRSA Orlando is a sponsor, so we hope to see you there!
New Member Coffee Talk
Have you joined PRSA within the past year? If you’re a new member and would like to learn more about our chapter, please be our guest for some coffee and conversation at Downtown CREDO at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. Register here!
PRSA Heads to an Orlando City Soccer game!
Save the date for a somewhat non-traditional program this August at an Orlando City Soccer match! More details will be announced soon, but PRSA will be putting the “PR” in Purple as we head out to a stadium tour, tailgate and match on August 24, when the Lions take on the Toronto FC. Tickets to this event will be limited, so be sure to RSVP as soon as the registration details are posted.
Account Executive, Edelman
PRSA Involvement: Newly renewed member
Person who has most influenced your life (other than your parents)? Professionally, a few key people have influenced my career: my professor who taught Public Interest Communications, the course that sparked my long-term career interest; the supervisor of my first internship and a few years later, my first boss, who believed in me and showed me the PR ropes; and now, Lori Johnson at Edelman, who leads our office and serves as an inspiration to young women aspiring to be leaders.
Quote to live by: It is a simple but important one: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Best public relations advice you ever received? Know your audience. It applies to reporters, of course, but also to both clients and internal personalities. Knowing your audience and framing up how you present an idea can make the biggest difference in the world.
Greatest accomplishment (so far) business or personal? Personally, I’m proud of consistently pushing myself outside my comfort zone, from signing up for a half marathon to living with a family who doesn’t speak English in Spain. Professionally, I’m proud of graduating from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and proud to be working in the field I studied for a top firm that consistently challenges me to grow and learn.
Greatest changes in public relations since you began your career: The tools that are now available for us to do our jobs in ways that didn’t even exist a few years ago. We have access to more data than ever before and it’s affecting every industry. It’s an exciting time!
If you were not a public relations practitioner, what would be your dream job? I love working with kids, so something involving teaching, coaching or helping kiddos.
What motivates you to get through each day (and why)? The people I work for and with. I’m surrounded by intelligent, creative and passionate practitioners who inspire me and push me to be better.
Favorite stress reliever: Yoga. I wish I did it more!
Favorite social media tool (and why): Twitter. It’s how I get most of my news. Also, not a tool per se, but big shout out to theSkimm.
Ana Garrigo O'Loane, APR
Our friend and colleague Ana Garrigo O'Loane, APR, was the consummate PR professional. Several years ago, the Orlando Regional chapter of PRSA launched the PRSAdvanced initiative aimed at attracting some of the area’s veteran professionals to events that would engage, educate and provide professional development opportunities. Some of our chapter’s most respected and longest-running members attend these events, and it was at a PRSAdvanced program where we last saw the talented and gracious Ana, who had been a member of PRSA Orlando for nearly 30 years. Last month, our chapter – and our entire community – lost one of the very best professionals we have known, and her passing leaves a big hole in our hearts. Ana enjoyed a long and successful public relations career working for Burson-Marsteller, Ralph Lauren, CMF&Z, Mayor Glenda Hood, and Orange County Public Schools. The Orlando chapter extends our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace, Ana.