By Posted in - Counselors Academy & Professional Development & Public Relations on March 29th, 2013

Our very own Dana Hughens is the PRSA’s Counselors Academy Conference Chair for the 2013 conference June 9-11 in Austin, Texas. As conference chair, she has the privilege to work with other members of the conference planning committee, which consists of senior-level PR counselors and agency owners from across the United States and Canada. We caught up with these PR pros to find out their secret to success and what they love most about Counselors Academy.

Introducing Barbara Hyman, chief operating officer of Hopkins Public Relations in Texas. Barbara is an accredited member of PRSA and will play a large role with the social and dine-around aspects of the 2013 Counselors Academy Conference. Read what Barbara has to say about her experiences as a PR professional below!

Getting to know you…
Name: Barbara Hyman, APR

Agency: Hopkins PR

Position: Chief Operating Officer

First job in PR: Asst. Director of Communications, Peachtree Center, Atlanta

Your insights…

Most loved thing about being in PR: Making a difference for our clients, making them happy

Best source for breaking PR news: Don’t rely on just one

Number one recommendation to new PR professionals: Get a handle on finances and budgeting for your projects; understand the importance of numbers to an organization

About Counselors Academy…

Most valuable aspect of being a Counselors Academy member: Meeting really great people

Role on the planning committee: Social/dine-around

Best thing about the Counselors Academy conference: Getting super ideas that impact our agency

Most fun memory of a Counselors Academy conference: Finding out that my conference mentor was a scotch-drinker, too – and having one, or two, together



(2) awesome comment(s)...

  • Sydney McKinney - Reply

    April 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Barbara! Thanks for the great advice “get a handle on finances.” As an advertising/PR girl with parents that are CPAs, they give me this advice constantly!

  • Dana Hughens - Reply

    April 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Barbara, I’m so happy to have met you and to have you on the conference planning committee this year! Looking forward to seeing you in just TWO MONTHS in Austin for the conference.

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