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SIUE PRSSA Chapter Hosts Career Development Day

May 16, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (May 16, 2017) — PRSA St. Louis conducted its annual spring Career Development Day hosted by the PRSSA Chapter at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Students from SIUE and other universities in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky attended the one-day event. Students had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the communications industry as the professionals shared personal stories and advice to help students jump-start their careers.

The day included two keynote speakers, panels made up of professionals from a variety of industries, a Q&A session and networking opportunities.

The first speaker was David Grossman, CEO and founder of the Grossman Group. The main takeaway from Grossman’s speech was to think of your life as metaphor of going on a journey.

“Your life is a journey and you should take three things with you,” Grossman said. “And those are courage, the best idea of yourself and focusing on what you can control.”

After his speech, Grossman surprised students in attendance with a copy of his book, “No Cape Needed: The simplest, smartest, fastest steps to improve how you communicate by leaps and bounds,” and agreed to an impromptu book signing.

The panel following Grossman’s presentation included professionals from U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, Washington University School of Medicine, U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command and Ross & Barunzzini Inc.

“The panel participants offered a wealth of advice to the students,” said Stacey Howard, PRSSA-SUIE faculty adviser. “They all came to their current career positions from different backgrounds and educational paths and I think that demonstrates the diverse opportunities available to communication professionals.”

After lunch, Travis Sheridan, the president of CIC Venture Café Global Institute, took the stage. His speech was inspirational as he talked about his upbringing and how he found success. David Gallaher, PRSSA-SIUE president has done a lot of work with Sheridan as part of his senior project at SIUE.

“Travis is great to work with. He focuses a lot of his time on making St. Louis a better place by including women and minorities,” Gallaher said. “I’ve learned a lot from him.”

The event also provided an opportunity for networking, which is stressed to students throughout their college careers. The last activity of the day gave students a chance to speak with each of the professionals, ask questions and exchange business cards.

“Career Development Day was a great way for students to interact with professionals,” said Desiree Bainbridge, PRSSA-SIUE vice president. “Since I am a senior, I was able to use the opportunity to grow my network and increase my connections in the St. Louis area, which is important as I am about to start my professional career.


About the Southern Illinois Edwardsville Chapter

The Southern Illinois Edwardsville PRSSA Chapter has 30 active members. The Chapter has participated in events at local, regional and national levels. The Chapter is associated with the St. Louis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.