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December 02, 2019
A Year of Giving & Accomplishment
By PRSA

As I reflect on this past year of service, I’m feeling so appreciative of what our community accomplished in 2019. This year, we doubled down on our mission to offer peer-group experiences that help forge deep camaraderie, connection and support. In spite of how busy we all are, we each…

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December 01, 2019
Meet Member: Michele Rene Scott, APR
By PRSA

What’s your background and what are you doing now? My roots are in the Midwest (Eastern time zone) but I have a multi-geographical background that includes country, city, beach and the mountains in Michigan, Colorado and northern California. After graduation from university, and fueled by…

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December 01, 2019
Announcing: The Ryan Donovan LGBTQ Memorial Scholarship
By Ellie Javadi

The PRSA Silicon Valley Chapter has established the Ryan Donovan LGBTQ Memorial Scholarship to be awarded annually to an LGBTQ communications student attending an SF/Bay Area school. Donations can be made at the Gofundme page. LGBTQ students face a variety of obstacles, financial ones included. They may have less…

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October 01, 2019
Membership Matters: an Overview from Chapter President, Ellie Javadi
By PRSA

Are you interested in being a more proactive member of PRSA? Or, did you recently join and want to maximize your membership? Want to learn more about becoming an accredited pro (APR)? Maybe, you need points and hours to maintain your APR? Or, maybe you…

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August 06, 2019
Meet PRSA SV Member: Jocelyn Breeland, APR!
By PRSA

Jocelyn Breeland, Executive Director of Strategic Communications, Residential and Dining, Stanford University Tell us a little about your past and your current job… I’m on my second or third career – depending on how you count. With a degree in International Relations, I started as a…

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April 15, 2019
Meet PRSA SV Member: Elisabeth Handler, APR!
By PRSA

Public Information Manager, San Jose Office of Economic Development Tell us about your current job… I’m the Public Information Manager at the San Jose Office of Economic Development, and at this stage of my career, this is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s not…

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February 22, 2019
Meet PRSA Member: Sarah Sullivan, APR!
By PRSA

What’s your background and what are you doing now? Most recently, I managed public relations for a global leading-edge software company, overseeing seven PR agencies worldwide. As a result of my efforts, the company increased U.S. media coverage by 53%, global coverage by 93%, and tier-1…

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February 01, 2019
Guest Post: Are You Prepared for the Next Communications Crisis?
By Steve Burns

By Steve Burns, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, West Coast at BCW Global The top seven crises to grace The Holmes Report’s “Top 20 Crises of 2018” span allegations of a CEO’s embezzlement, a sex scandal, the world’s second-largest cybersecurity breach and the knowing…

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July 27, 2018
Top Things I Learned at the PRSA Game Changers District Conference
By PRSA

Ellie Javadi, VP – Head of Brand and Marketing, Norwest Venture Partners I’m super excited to share some of the truly inspiring information that was delivered at this year’s PRSA NPD Conference held in Seattle last month. First off, the speaker line-up was amazing! We heard from a…

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September 14, 2017
Is My Tech Startup Ready for PR?
By PRSA

This article originally appeared in Entrepreneur. Getting coverage in the mainstream press is more than just sending a pitch email to a reporter By Ellie Javadi, Head of Marketing, Norwest Venture Partners @ellie_java “How do I get coverage in TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal and other tech pubs?”…

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April 25, 2017
The Future is Now: Hiring the Next Generation of PR Professionals
By Sarah Travaglini

Graduation and summer internship season is upon us. Can you believe it’s already here? When I think back to when I was an aspiring PR intern, I remember the mix of emotions – excitement, anxiety, and eagerness (to name a few). Was I saying the…

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October 19, 2016
Free Resources for Turning So-So PR Writers into Stars
By Lauren Edwards

Doing the very thing you don’t want to do often turns out well. Have you noticed that, too? My own reluctant flip-flop is responsible for the free resources I’m about to share with all of you, dear fellow members of the Silicon Valley PRSA. Here’s the advice…

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July 13, 2016
Ten Things You Need to Know About Professional Networking
By Scott Thornburg

“Networking” may be the one word that business communicators both love and hate with equal passion. It can drain the energy from even the most extroverted, yet maintaining and growing a network should be a top priority for all business professionals. A large, diverse and…

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March 10, 2016
Membership Has Its Privileges
By Gerry Corbett

In this age when knowledge and information are king and social infrastructure platforms are de rigueur professional membership organizations are becoming even more essential to the progress and professional development of public relations and communications professionals. With credit to American Express, membership does have its privileges…

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March 01, 2016
Watch out! Sales Targets Could Soon be a Reality for PR Professionals, says Logitech Head of Communications
By PRSA

Krista Todd, senior director of external communications at PC, gaming and tablet accessories maker Logitech was my guest last week on “In Conversation with Silicon Valley”. The recently-promoted PR and social media leader, and former head of PR at TiVo, shared her views on a…

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January 04, 2016
“Red ribbon envy” spurs APR journey
By PRSA

In Silicon Valley, we love our acronyms. As for abbreviations that come after a last name, not so much. It doesn’t take an advanced degree to drive innovation, launch a startup, or have a successful career in PR. So why, after nearly 40 years practicing…

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October 19, 2015
Recognizing Leadership in Journalism: The People Who Strive to Make a Difference
By PRSA

As the technology industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, so does the demand for a dynamic relationship between journalists and public relations professionals. While some believe journalism has suffered over the years, we believe journalists and public relations professionals continue to play a…

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December 06, 2014
Is 2015 The Year The Tech Bubble Bursts? Bold Predictions From PRSA Silicon Valley’s 2014 Media Predicts Event
By Chris Blake

2014 has been a thrilling year for the business and technology community within Silicon Valley and the global technology market. From the Alibaba IPO to the wearable takeover, let’s face it, technology is hot! While some may argue the business model of journalism is broken, journalists…

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August 30, 2014
In Conversation with Paul Bergevin
By PRSA

“We are the translators!” Bergevin discusses the complexity of ‘deep science’, and the Internet of Things. We are delighted to host Paul Bergevin as the latest guest on the “In Conversation with …Silicon Valley” live webinar series recently. Paul is one Silicon Valley’s most accomplished communications leaders….

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