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Event Info: Focusing on Healthcare

Join us this Wednesday, September 15, for a PRSA-YP meeting where we will be discussing best practices in healthcare communications and public relations.  The panel discussion will highlight the diverse aspects of the healthcare industry featuring case studies and offering real-world examples of successful campaigns.
 
The highly experienced lineup of speakers includes: Arwen Rahn, Chandler Chicco Agency; Michael Nelson, Hill & Knowlton Healthcare Practice; and Nancy Caravetta, Rx Entertainment Inc.  Each speaker will share their thoughts on the crucial yet challenging role of healthcare communications and public relations practitioners and will provide insight into establishing a career within the field.
 
Arwen Rahn currently manages the public relations programs for Allergan’s obesity management medical device, the LAP-BAND® System at global healthcare PR firm, Chandler Chicco Agency.  Prior to joining CCA, Arwen worked for Fleishman-Hillard Life Sciences and provided public relations and investor relations counsel to a number of biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies.
 
Mike Nelson, senior Vice President of Hill & Knowlton’s healthcare practice, has advised pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, in both agency and client-side roles. His experience spans all aspects of product and franchise communications, including news media outreach, patient advocacy relations, public policy, and internal communications. At Hill & Knowlton, Mike currently leads client engagements in oncology, pulmonary disease and blood supply safety.
 
Nancy Caravetta, President of Rx Entertainment, leverages the power of celebrity to drive public awareness through facilitating partnerships between well-known celebrities and healthcare products and services.  Nancy’s prior experience includes managing financial management functions and corporate image-building activities as President and Founding Partner of boutique global healthcare PR firm, CPR.
 
Please see meeting details below.  We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Location
1315 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 270
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking
-Free parking is available is the parking structure directly under the building
-Head north on Lincoln Blvd. and make a right at Arizona
-Make an immediate right into the alley, and then the first right once you are in the alley into the underground parking garage

Agenda
6:30- 7 p.m. – Networking
7-7:50 p.m. – Program
Arwen Rahn – Chandler Chicco Agency
Nancy Caravetta – Rx Entertainment, Inc.
Michael Nelson, Hill & Knowlton Healthcare practice
7:50-8 p.m. – Q&A

Cost: $10 for PRSA/PRSSA members and $20 for non-members/guests. (Please note new cost for non-members.)

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Times are changing…

With the ubiquity of terms like “emerging” and “improved” in our day-to-day jobs, it’s not hard to remember that everything is changing lightning fast in our field.  Especially true with young professionals, part of the change is job turnover.

A lot has been written about the difference in turnover rates between agency and in-house PR jobs.  Hit the PR pubs (PR Week, Strategist, etc.) for info on that, and we’ll cover it in another post.  This one’s about us.  (Forgive the twinge of narcissism.)

From the beginning of the year, we’ve tried to give a face to the PRSA YP group, taking time to ID board members, post bios and encourage you guys to come introduce yourselves at events.  Just like the environment in the rest of the profession, we’ve undergone a number of changes just in the last few months.  Here’s a snapshot.

Right from the top, our president is no longer Kerry Slaughter.  No, we didn’t hold a coup and overthrow her.  She is now Kerry Sinclair, as she was married last month.  When you see her at an upcoming event, be sure to congratulate her!

Our membership chair, Caitlin Mattias, has accepted an account executive position at industry giant Hill & Knowlton, where she is working with (among others) mobile industry giant Qualcomm.

Right before Caitlin went to H&K, one of the co-chairs responsible for putting on our great events, Eva Groves, left its health care practice to become an associate at health care-focused agency Chandler Chicco.

Finally, I’m on the move too.  After four years at the David James Agency (and a lifetime in southern California), I’ve taken a Sr. AE position at Engage PR and relocated to the Bay Area.  I’ll continue to blog and Tweet from afar.

Through it all, the Young Professionals affinity group for the LA chapter of PRSA continues to grow and remain among the most active.  That’s a testament to all you guys.  Please keep up the enthusiasm, and continue to spread the word about our group!  Also, if there is anything we can do or any suggestions that you have, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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YP Board Profile: Kerry Slaughter – President

Kerry Slaughter is your YP President and PRSA-LA Chapter Liaison – You can contact her @KerryNicoleS for more information about getting involved in YP activities.

Kerry has worked exclusively in the health care arena during her career, and has extensive experience the planning and implementation of public education campaigns, community outreach, media relations and event planning. She is excited about her new role as Media Specialist at
Chandler Chicco Agency.

A true Los Angeles native, Kerry snuck away to the East Coast after college to attend grad school. While there, she worked for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in both the Washington, DC and Boston, MA markets. She didn’t last long in the cold winters, so she came back and has vowed
to never leave the comforts of the palm tree-lined beaches of Los Angeles again.

Kerry has a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.

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Young Professional Profile #7

KerryMeet Kerry Slaughter

Kerry Slaughter is your Trevett Award Chair – You can contact her @KerryNicoleS for more information about the prestigious young professional award.  (Being her friend could even increase your chances of winning the Trevett Award and prize money $$$. Well, not really, but you will find out how to win!)

She has several years of experience in public relations in the planning and implementation of public education campaigns, community outreach, media relations and event planning.  Currently a Team Member at Chandler Chicco Agency, Kerry has worked exclusively in the health care arena for more than three years and has experience with products in several unpleasant disease states.  Eek!

A true Los Angeles native, Kerry snuck away to the East Coast after college to attend grad school. While there, she worked for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in both the Washington, DC and Boston, MA markets.   She didn’t last long in the cold winters, so she came back and has vowed to never leave the palm tree-lined beaches of Los Angeles again.

Kerry has a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.   Go Bruins!

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