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PR Day: Featured Program for Students

April 30, 2018 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
PR Day: Featured Program for Students
Hosted by PRSA-NCC, the National Capital Chapter of PRSA

Thanks to our Event Partner


Join fellow students from around the the D.C.-area for an afternoon networking and professional development, hosted by PRSA-NCC. We believe in the power of making connections - especially when you’re a student. We hope you will join us for networking, resume reviews, and conference-style professional development sessions, including a keynote speaker.
PR Day is an opportunity for you to learn, network and grow professionally. Gain feedback on your resume, meet students from other universities, network with professionals currently working in PR in D.C., and hear speakers with awesome advice.
The Speakers
Session 1: Keynote Speaker - We’re excited to announce Lisa Osborne Ross, President, Edelman Washington D.C. as our keynote speaker. 
Lisa is a powerful voice in public relations. She will offer attendees an inspiring, insightful & motivating perspective on living your truth and finding your happiness. Lisa speaks on the importance of finding mentors and being authentic to yourself, in both the professional and personal sides of your life. Be prepared to leave feeling inspired, challenged and ready to take on whatever is next for you: a new class, a summer internship, or your first professional job after graduation.
Session 2: Industry Snapshot - The goal of this session is to give you a sneak peek into the world of many types of PR professionals in DC. Stellar communicators who represent different industries and different types of jobs will spend a few minutes telling you how their path led them to where they are, what the joys of their job are, and what the challenges are.

Experts include:
  • Karen D. Campbell, Director of Communications, Prince George’s County  Government
  • Chad Furst, Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Stacy Hope, Communications Director at U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Berit Mansour, Director of Media Relations, AAPA
  • Tamara Moore, Vice President, The Reis Group
  • Samantha Villegas, APR, President, SaVi PR, LLC
  • Vickie Gogo, APR, Principal, Social Marketing Group at ICF
The Schedule
We know your schedule is busy with classes, internships and extracurriculars, so here’s how the afternoon will go:
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Resume Review & Networking Session #1
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Conference Sessions
     ►Keynote Speaker - Lisa Osborne Ross, Edelman Washington D.C.
     ►Industry Snapshot Session
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Resume Review & Networking Session #2 (this is a replica session of the 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., for those unable to make the first session)

You do not need to be available to attend for the full window.  You're welcome to come for the time that works with your schedule.


Looking to beef up your LinkedIn profile? A fellow public relations student & photographer will be taking headshots. Once registered for PR Day, you must email Kelsey O’Planick ( to sign-up for a headshot window. Please specify whether you are interested in a time during Window #1 (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) or Window #2 (6:00 to 7:00 p.m.) These headshot sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register & email Kelsey early. A limited number of drop-in headshots will be provided on-site.
The Details
Cost: $10
When: Monday, April 30, 2018
GW Science & Engineering Hall, Room B1270
800 22nd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052


New Professionals and others are welcome to register for this event
About our Keynote Speaker, Lisa Osborne Ross:
Lisa Osborne Ross, a D.C. native, joins Edelman from APCO Worldwide where she served as managing director of the Washington, D.C. office. She joined APCO from a 15-year career at Ogilvy Public Relations and, prior to that, at Fleishman-Hillard.
Throughout her agency experience, Ms. Ross has held senior management positions and consistently delivered award-winning work for clients, helping to build and strengthen some of the most iconic brands in the United States, including America’s Promise, the United Way of America, Reading Is Fundamental, the Children’s Defense Fund, the United Nations Foundation, Pfizer, Cricket Wireless, MetLife and the USO. She also led several complex public affairs and government relations efforts, having worked closely with governments, such as the Netherlands, Switzerland and Mexico, to advance commercial and diplomatic relations between these countries and American audiences.
Prior to her career in public relations, Ms. Ross served in the first and second terms of the Clinton Administration, specializing in policy development and issues management. During this time, she was communications director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to create and promote high-performance workplaces, deputy director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission and chief of staff of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Ms. Ross also created and directed the Office of Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Alexis Herman.
Ms. Ross, who was recently honored by the PR Council as the agency world’s Diversity Champion, is passionate about her philanthropic endeavors, especially focused on building a better Washington and empowering women. She co-founded and led the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund grassroots organizations addressing the critical needs of women and young girls through essential services and training throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She continues to serve on the Foundation’s Honorary Council. She also helped establish a scholarship fund at Howard University for students seeking careers in public relations.
Ms. Ross has served on numerous school boards and commissions including Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Board of Trustees, Marquette University Centennial Celebration of Women, LeMoyne College School of Communications and the Catholic Charities of America.