Category: Leadership & Management
What skills are needed to meet the requirements for integrated marketing communications in the new millennium? This session discusses the state of academic and professional education, and the skills most sought after by employers. Each panelist will make a brief presentation focusing on a specific area of expertise, followed by a discussion assessing the advantages and pitfalls of innovative ideas.
Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications
A veteran in public relations and marketing, Breakenridge has counseled senior-level executives at companies including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Empire Today, Hershey’s, JVC, Kraft and the World Bank. Breakenridge is the author of five Financial Times books. Her most recent book, “Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional,” was published in May 2012, and is available in print and all digital formats. Her other books include, “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR,” “PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences,” “The New PR Toolkit: Strategies for Successful Media Relations” and “Cyberbranding: Brand Building in the Digital Economy.”
Geno Church, word-of-mouth inspiration officer, Brains on Fire
Church is responsible for developing word-of-mouth, buzz, viral and evangelism strategies for the agency’s clients. In his 14+ years with Brains on Fire, Church has helped build word-of-mouth into the identities of brands including Fiskars Brands, the American Booksellers Association, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Rage Against the Haze and many others.
Sergei Samoilenko, communications instructor, George Mason University
In addition to instructing, Sergei is the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). He also assists the Center for Global Education (CGE) at George Mason with developing CGE summer programs in public relations in Austria and Germany. He also serves as president of the Eurasian Communication Association of North America (ECANA), established to facilitate former Soviet Union-related communication research, education and its practical social application in Russia and the United States, and to promote joint projects between scholars from Russia, CIS and Baltic states and their North American counterparts.
Participants earn 1.0 APR Maintenance Credits for a webinar. For more information on Accreditation maintenance, visit www.prsa.org/Learning/Accreditation.
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