PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

Taraneh Fultz, APR is our Volunteer of the Summer 2013

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Jul 13

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“Since leaving college almost 10 years ago – yikes! – I’ve bounced around a lot.  Some changes were to advance in my career, and others were due to the weak economy.  With all of the job shifting, PRSA Portland has become my professional constant.  For those of us that have fully committed to serving the Portland PR profession, we have forged professional and personal relationships over time.  We work on projects together, like the Communicators Conference and Spotlights, and we form bonds outside of “work.”  I’ve met some of my closest friends through PRSA involvement.

In a nutshell, PRSA has given me:

  • One of my best friends, fellow member, Noelani Baker
  • The mentorship of the fabulous Dave Thompson
  • Two jobs (direct from my PRSA network)
  • More than 10 recommendations on LinkedIn
  • Work experience – chairing the Communicators Conference, business development via sponsorship, access to local and national editors, leadership skills, and so much more

It’s hard work to give of yourself after putting in a full day at the office and balancing it against the demands of family, but the benefits are such that I really don’t know why someone wouldn’t want to volunteer.  Where else are you going to find people who truly understand your day, can help brainstorm with you when you’ve run out of juice and know that one person you need to know to get an “in” with the company you’re trying to join?  Portland is a small town, but PRSA is a big opportunity.  I’m glad I thought to take it.” – Taraneh Fultz, APR

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