Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chicago Day 2

Today was crazy.
We have been walking around Chicago in the freezing cold all day!
But, I loved getting to see so much of the city.

We met with Emily Waldren at The Field Museum.
I wish we could've spent more time there!
That place is huge and full of so many incredible artifacts from around the world.
Emily's job is very fascinating because she has to take new scientific discovery 
and find an angle to pitch it to the media.

Next, we met with Kevin Saghey from the Chicago Cubs.
Kevin was very down to earth and could relate to us seniors 
that will be looking for internships or jobs soon.
His biggest advice to us was to work hard and stand out.

After a short break we walked over to Fleishman-Hillard.
That building is amazing. 
Every building is amazing.
The architecture in Chicago is definitely in the top three reasons why I love this city. 
Anyway, after taking the elevator to the 37th floor,
(and our ears popping)
we made it to the Fleishman-Hillard office.
They gave an excellent presentation with a fun brainstorming exercise. 
I felt very welcomed there.
They talked a lot about their intern program, which seems very reputable. 

The appointments have been so enlightening into the PR industry, post-college.
Tomorrow we visit with Cision Point
and visit the Willis Tower!
For now, I will just try to stay warm.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chicago Day 1

Wow, remind me to never get 3 hours of sleep right before a long day again!
Regardless, it has been a great day.
Chicago is a beatifully unique city, full of life.
I am currently sitting in the hotel lobby, 
looking out a huge window of the city.
I think I could get used to this...
The frigid cold, though? That's another story.

After we flew into Chicago we headed right over to McDonald's headquarters.
We met with about three groups of people, three people each, all working in PR.
It was so interesting hearing about their previous work experience and what they do for McDonald's. 
A few things I learned:
- Informational interviews are welcomed by employers. I always kind of felt like they were just saying that, but it would mostly be a burden on them. Nope! Informational interviews are a must.
- They have a legal team of 400 people. 
- To get your resume to stand out: make it creative, stand out and you don't necessarily have to include your education.
- Important skills to have as a PR professional are: relationship building, service-oriented, stress management, organization and be a good writer!

Obviously, I learned a lot.
I can't wait to share what I learn tomorrow!  

RPM Italian

Wednesday night we are going to eat dinner at RPM Italian.
If you don't know what it is,
Guiliana and Bill Rancic from E! News started this restaurant!
To get a reservation you need to call six weeks in advance.
Luckily, a few of the girls on the trip got a reservation.
I've heard so many good things about RPM, 
I am eager to try it.
I'm getting hungry just talking about it. 
I can't wait to share my experience with you all!

Speakers I Am Excited to Hear From

While in Chicago, I will be attending a conference with PR major from all over the nation. 
I can't wait to hear from the speakers.
Here are a couple people I am excited to hear from.

Ryan Beshel
Purely Fashion
Ryan Behel currently works as the Digital Marketing Lead at Purely Fashion. Ryan has extensive experience in the fashion industry. Ryan worked as a runway model agent for Agency Galatea and is a fashion contributor for FOX, NBC, ABC, Women's Wear Daily, Racked and Refinery29. Ryan was the first publicist for 900 North Michigan Shops. Ryan's interest include co-hosting the  Speaking of Fashion podcast, drinking coffee, collecting tattoos and bowties.

Ashley Lavore
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ashley currently works as a coordinator for Ann & Rober H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Before holding this position, Ashley worked as the events intern for the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Ashley has previously worked as a PR assistant for Bettie Bomb PR, Inc. and a senior event coordinator for Fashion for a Cure. Ashley was also a public relations intern for Carol Fox & Associates. I found it interesting that Ashley previously served as the PRSSA President of Columbia College Chicago.

You can read more about the conference here.


I'm sitting at the airport 
waiting to catch a plane to Chicago.
It was a late night packing and an early morning getting here.
But I am excited for the trip ahead!

As soon as we get there we are going to McDonald's headquarters
 to meet with the PR Manager, Christina Tyler. 
I can't wait! 
Here is more info about Christina:
Christina Tyler is currently the Public Relations Manager for McDonald’s. Before she held this position she worked with Fortune 500 companies in communications. Previous companies she worked with are Allstate Insurance Company and TransUnion. Christina assisted in the crisis communication for companies during the BP oil spill, Toyota recall and hurricane Katrina. Christina graduated from the University of North Florida and received her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. She also received her accreditation in public relations in 2008.
You can visit her LinkedIn here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chicago & The Loop

Did I ever tell you I am going to Chicago?
Well, I am.
And I am going next week!!
I was selected to attend the Regional PRSSA Conference- The Loop.
You can visit The Loop's Facebook page here.
I'm incredibly excited as I will get to hear from the top PR professionals in Chicago.
I cannot wait to explore the city and immerse myself the world of PR.
I will post more details about the conference soon!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Happy Belated New Years

I am taking a break from wedding posts to write about the happenings of my life.
Shocker, I know. It's been a while.
After getting married, between all the wild parties, 
I haven't had much time to document my life.
Alright, alright, maybe I'm not up late,  partying every night, but married life has been a blast!
I am loving having a permanent partner in crime.
Anders and I pride ourselves in still having a somewhat interesting social life.

Anyway, New Year's. Let's talk about it.
New Year's is an extremely overrated holiday, in my opinion. 
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a fresh start and a new year, full of opportunities...
But, is there ever anything super exciting to do?
If so, please let me know so I can join you next New Year's.

Anders and I found ourselves at work on New Year's Eve afternoon 
without a clue of what to do that evening to celebrate the holiday. 
We both had work off the next day so we wanted to do something... well, not boring.
I finally decided to book a hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, 
where we could find plenty to do and eat at one of our favorite diners!

We booked a room at the Marriott.
The view did not disappoint. 

Prior to checking into our hotel, we ate at a lovely place called Hires Big H.
They have a peanut butter shake to die for.

Feeling stuffed and satisfied, 
we headed to our hotel room to crack open a couple Martinelli's and watch the ball drop in NYC.

As it grew closer to midnight we put on our jackets and headed outside to 
ring in the New Year with all the other people in SLC.

 There was an incredible firework show right above us, outside of the Marriott.
Following the firework show, we headed out to a waffle party with a bunch of Anders' friends. 
It was so much fun and the waffles were delicious!
We got home super late and check out was at 10am :( 
That's pretty early for a person who enjoys sleeping in, like me.

Luckily, we got to spend New Year's Day relaxing
 and maybe one of us needed a nap ;)

Happy 2014, people!
This is the year we both graduate,
move out of Utah,
and have an adventure.