PRSSA Members Connect in D.C.

PRSSA members traveled to Washington D.C. on February 24-27 for an agency/nonprofit tour. Students were chosen for the trip based on their serious interest in agency/nonprofit/political and corporate public relations and their financial need. Funding for the trip was provided by the Paul C. and Margaret Beasley Broun Student Support Fund.

Drs. Betty and Barry Jones accompanied the 16 students, including Lena Basilone, Kaitlyn Darr, Carrie Edwards, Lacey Hatchett, Brittney Haynes, Erica Holland, Ida Jones, Katie Manthey, Cindy McIntyre, Stephanie Perrett, Julia Rowe, Danielle Sender, Katherine Strate, Kelly Tucker, Maggie Turner and Brittney Watson.

Their tour included visits to Levick Strategic Communications, hosted by Grady alum Valerie Elston; Porter Novelli, hosted by Grady alum Carolyn Tieger; Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, hosted by Grady alum Sheridan Watson; and Edelman.

On the last day of their trip, all 16 students shadowed professionals in the DC area. Hosts included Levick Strategic Communications; Porter Novelli; Edelman; Senator Isakson’s office; Congressman Paul Broun’s office; Fleishman Hillard; American Lung Association; Academy Healthcare, hosted by Grady alum Kristin Hackler; Siemens Corporation, hosted by Grady alum Tom Phillips; Weber Shandwick; Consumer Bankers Association; Hawthorn Group; MS&L; and Lockheed Martin, hosted by Grady alum Scott Lusk.

On Friday night, the students were guests of D.C. Dawgs, at a Grady alumni mixer.

Students returned to Georgia with great enthusiasm about the possibilities of working in Washington D.C.

Photo Captions: PRSSA members meet with Levick Strategic Communications professionals.

Drewry Chapter of PRSSA’s first president, Steve Ellis, and current president, Stephanie P

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