February 24th marked the first metro Detroit Help a PR Pro Out (HAPPO) event, organized by HAPPO, IABC Detroit and PRSA Detroit. Hosted by Identity PR in Bingham Farms, the event allowed for public relations and communications professionals and students to network with those already in the industry. The agency’s Social Media Strategist Nikki Stephan organized the event.
Also part of the event was a resume critique session, where professionals offered advice and suggestions in a one-on-one setting to those looking to improve their resumes.
It’s extremely important for PRSSA members to take advantage of these networking opportunities. So often, students are intimidated by networking events, but HAPPO proved that it can be done in a more laid-back atmosphere that still furthers one’s public relations skills and relationships.
Jennifer Teets, a senior at Wayne State and a PRSSA member, found the event to be extremely valuable.
“The HAPPO networking event encouraged me to explore the opportunities PR firms have to offer,” said Teets. “It also exposed the people who are working to make a positive change for all of metro Detroit, which is always inspiring.”
HAPPO was created in February 2010, primarily using social media to connect people within the public relations realm across the country.
To connect with HAPPO, follow @helpaprproout and use the #HAPPO hashtag on Twitter, or visit www.helpaprproout.com.
Post written by Vice President of Professional Development, Erica Rogers