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What motivates a mentor?

Since our first chat back in August, 2009, it has been exciting to watch so many experienced PR industry leaders take time to participate in our #PRStudChat community. These successful practitioners are extremely busy and we greatly appreciate the fact that they take the time to share their insights.

Last week, during the NYC #HAPPO hour, I was talking with Peter Himler and I thought I would find out what motivates him to make the time to mentor and get involved with industry organizations and initiatives. As President of the Publicity Club of NY and founder and principal of Flatiron Communications LLC, a PR/media consulting firm in New York, Peter is no doubt very busy, yet he still took the time to participate as a guest for our November session.  So why would this former Chief Media Officer for Edelman Worldwide, and former head of the  Burson- Marstellar’s U.S. corporate and strategic media team and its worldwide spokesperson, take the time to mentor? I’ll let him share. Please excuse the background noise and my slightly off center camera work, and join us for a moment live at the #HAPPO hour!

Live from the NYC #HAPPO Hour: Peter Himler on Mentoring

#PRStudChat Trust Agents Giveaway!

Tonight, the #PRStudChat community will tackle the issue of the mystery of the PR influencer and how to build trust online.  Ruder Finn, is sponsoring the chat session and their sponsorship will go toward several lucky community members receiving one of the most popular and important books on the subject… Trust Agents  @ChrisBrogan, co-author of Trust Agents, will be revealing his responses to our discussion topic tomorrow.

For an opportunity to win your copy of Trust Agents, just leave a comment responding to the question below no later than 9pm Friday, February 25th. The contest is open to all PR students, professionals and educators and the winners will be selected from those commenting below using Please be sure to include your Twitter handle when responding.

PRStudChat Trust Agents giveaway question: Who is one influencer that has earned your trust online?

A little more about our sponsor, Ruder Finn (you can follow them on Twitter @ruderfinn):

Ruder Finn, Inc. is one of the largest independent integrated communication firms in the world. Through offices and affiliates worldwide, the agency serves the global and local communication needs of more than 250 corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations.


#PRStudChat community invited to celebrate #HAPPO anniversary

#PRStudChat students, alumni and professionals are taking advantage of the opportunity to meet in person at the Thursday February 24th,  #HAPPO (Help A PR Pro Out) one year anniversary celebration. The events will offer an excellent opportunity to “take some of those relationships we’ve built online and cement them by meeting the people in real life,” explains #HAPPO co founder Arik Hanson

In New York City, #PRStudChat co founders Deirdre Breakenridge and Valerie Simon will be serving as co hosts with Tiffany Winbush and “PRCog” for an informal #HAPPO Hour at Connolly’s Pub. The event will bring together PR pros who are actively seeking a new position, along with those who wish to mentor, find potential hires, or simply connect in person with those they have grown to respect online.

 “I’m really looking forward to the HAPPO event on Thursday night. It’s great to be a part of a community that helps create opportunities for job seekers to network, make new connections and to learn from other professionals,” shares Deirdre.

#PRStudCast host, Temple University Student Harrison Kratz agrees, “As a young student and professional I’m excited to attend my first #HAPPO event because not only will I get to meet new professionals and make new connections, but hopefully I’ll be able to use my experience to connect other professionals and students at the event as well.  It’s always a pleasure to help others find new opportunities.”

“The HAPPO Happy Hour is an excellent opportunity to connect the online network of candidates and employers in an offline environment,” says Sara Whitman. “Representing Peppercom as an employer, I know the candidates I’ll meet will be invested in the industry, and will be savvy with social media-  two qualities of immense importance in today’s market.”

A large number of employers who are actively hiring will be on hand, hoping to connect with talent from junior staffers to senior level pros in a wide variety of specialty areas. Top PR agencies including Burson Marstellar, Devries PR, MS&L, Peppercom and Makovsky and many more will be represented.

Meryl Cooper, managing director of the Home & Lifestyle at Devries Public Relations and author of Be Your Own Best Publicist will be stopping by with her collaborator Jessica Kleiman, Vice President of Public Relations at Hearst Magazines,to share some career tips to help PR pros use their skills for their career and will be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky attendee.

Of course networking is not simply for those looking for a job. As the professionals who support #PRStudChat know, it is important take the opportunity to mentor and learn from others in the industry

“Experienced PR practitioners have an obligation to pass on their experience, creativity and vision, as well as to learn new methods and ‘rules’ for communicating. Forums that facilitate the exchange of information and ideas — as well as passion for the profession –are more important now than ever,” said Lourdes Brezo-Martinez, director of communications at an international professional services firm and former journalist.

The New York event will be held from 6-8pm and is free. To get on the list, simply RSVP here