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ExPRessions :: Public Relations :: Don’t Worry, Be #HAPPO

Don’t Worry, Be #HAPPO

February 17, 2010 11:11 am

HAPPO Media FlyerMany of you who read this blog are bright, ambitious young PR professionals…who are starting their career in an economy that clearly sucks (especially here in Michigan). I know countless recent grads who are still job searching and working in jobs that are completely unrelated to their fields. They have to. Those student loans won’t pay themselves.

I’d like to encourage everyone who is seeking a job, or or is stressing about finding one after graduation, to participate in HAPPO, an initiative founded by Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon.

On Friday, February 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT PR bloggers, agency leaders and PR
professionals from across the country will donate their time and talents to help fellow PR pros
connect with employers as part of the first-ever “Help a PR Pro Out” (HAPPO) Day.
Help a PR Pro Out Day was co-founded by Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon as a community-
based initiative to help friends and colleagues who are struggling to find jobs in the current
economic climate.
A laundry list of prominent PR bloggers and influencers have been engaged across the U.S. to
support HAPPO including:
o New York: Valerie Simon, “PRCog”, Deidre Breakenridge
o Minneapolis/St. Paul: Arik Hanson
o Chicago: Sarah Evans, Gini Dietrich, Allan Schoenberg
o Boston: Doug Haslam
o San Diego: Jennifer Wilbur
o Atlanta: Kellye Crane, Jeremy Porter
o Dallas/Fort Worth: Richie Escovedo/Lauren Fernandez
o Toronto: Danny Brown
o Kansas City: Justin Goldsborough
o Washington D.C.: Michael Schaffer, Shonali Burke, Heather Huhman
o Ohio: Heather Whaling
o San Francisco/Silicon Valley: Adrienne Biggs, Michelle Dugan Stewart
o Philadelphia: Anne Buchanan
o National: Jeremy Pepper, Mary Barber
o Phoenix: Abbie Fink
o Pittsburgh: Deanna Ferrari
o Florida: John Sternal, Jamie Floer, Bonnie Upright
o Indianapolis: Adrienne BailOn Friday,HAPPO Media FlyerFebruary 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT PR bloggers, agency leaders and PR

On Friday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT, PR bloggers, agency leaders and PR professionals from across the country will donate their time and talents to help fellow PR pros connect with employers as part of the first-ever “Help a PR Pro Out” (HAPPO) Day (find them on Facebook too).

For those in Michigan, be sure to talk to Nikki Stephan (@EstrellaBella10). Check here for an updated list of HAPPO Champions across the nation.

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Rachel M. Esterline works in public relations and marketing communications. Her blog, ExPRessions, contains her musings about PR, marketing, career and professional development, Gen Y issues, personal branding and more. Rachel also does freelance consulting and writing. She is originally from Genesee, Mich., and will graduate from Central Michigan University in May 2010.