Reflecting on Young Women in Digital’s “Digital Savvy” Event

I had a wonderful time serving as a panelist at Young Women in Digital's "How to Show Off Your Digital Savvy" event last week. YWD has grown to over 1,000 members as well as a team of seven administrators including a social media director, event coordinator, blog director, and founder Melanie Cohn who led the event. Attendees ranged from students to professionals with ten years of experience. The group of attendees were impressive: smart driven young women who truly engage in conversation and … [Read more...]

A Boston Networking Sampler

This week’s blog is written by Chaloner’s Christine Santeusanio. Christine is in her tenth year with Chaloner, in the Boston office. She has led various searches for both PR and integrated agencies as well as corporate communications positions. Christine is involved with the PRSA, Young Women in Digital, Boston Women Communicators and the Boston Irish Business Association. I’m excited to participate in next week’s roundtable at Young Women in Digital’s event, “How to Show Off … [Read more...]

Healthcare Communications Trends from Industry Conference

This week's blog post is written by Chaloner's VP, Kassie Wilner. Kassie has been a recruiter with Chaloner for the past 10 years. She has led numerous searches for external and internal communications professionals. Prior to working with us, she was a communications consultant to public agencies in California. Last week I attended the ExL Pharma Public Relations and Communications Summit, a two day event hosted by Sanofi that brought together more than 150 thought leaders in the … [Read more...]

It Comes Down to the Content

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a New York Women In Communications panel around the hot topic of content marketing. Lori Greene, senior partner and content director at Maxus, moderated the discussion that included Alexa Christon, head of Global Media Development for GE; Georgia Galanoudis, managing director at Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, and Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, a managing partner and president of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media Company. These women each come at this … [Read more...]

Conference Season

With many of our team members making plans to attend conferences this fall- Rebecca is at FutureM this week and will join Amy at the International PRSA conferences in October- I wanted to investigate how one can get the most out of a conference experience. Attending these events often requires travel, and a big investment of time and money. So, how do you make a return on that investment and take full advantage of these opportunities? Our founder, Ted Chaloner, has a wealth of experience … [Read more...]

How Do You Fare at Career Fairs?

While attending career fairs should only be one part of your job search, they can be a valuable step if you make a plan and assert yourself appropriately. To gain more insight on how to navigate these events, I consulted with the people on the other side of the table. Debbie Gsellmeier is Director of Human Resources at Idex Optics & Photonics and Caitlin Annunziata is a Senior Recruiter at Mullen and they have some good advice on how to prepare, how to stand out and, of course, what not to … [Read more...]

College Lessons I Keep On Learning

Tonight I will speak at a Step Up event for high school seniors on how to make the most of college. Each girl will be matched to a mentor from Harvard Business School for the evening and they will also receive counsel from a panel of recent graduates. In preparing for the evening, I have been reminded of some of the most important lessons I learned in college, and how I continue to apply them today. A mentor can be a lasting advocate The mentor you find in college is likely your first … [Read more...]

Know Your Worth, Show Your Worth: Asking for a Raise

Career coach, Marie McIntyre, says it best: “People get raises because they add value, so instead of pleading for an increase because you need it, explain why you deserve it.” In 2014 employers anticipate doling out raises that average 3%, according to a Towers Watson survey of more than 900 companies. So, how do you get a piece of the pie? Stand Out Your work should be worthy of more money. What sets you apart from others in your company doing the same job and also from the person above … [Read more...]

Stepping Up and Following Through

I recently attended an open house for Step Up Women’s Network; a wonderful organization that works to “empower teen girls from under-resourced communities.” Through after-school programming, mentoring, panels and workshops, Step Up provides networking opportunities for teens and young professionals. The evening reminded me that we can set the tone for the generation behind us. Step Up CEO Jenni Luke says, “The factor that changes a powerful scene of connection at a meeting of women … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Use Mentors

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month (#mentoringworks)?  Last week, our guest blogger, Samantha Beach shared her take-aways from an event in NYC.  This week we explore how a mentor can help you get to where you want to go. Seek out mentors whose careers you want to emulate. This past week we attended the Young Women in Digital (#YWDBoston) event “PR in the Digital World 2014.” A panel of accomplished speakers featured Katie Burke of Hubspot, Elizabeth Good of the … [Read more...]