Monthly Archives: March 2009

A Conversation with Larissa Fair, Social Media Club DC Organizer


Larissa Fair is head of the DC chapter of the Social Media Club, a local networking and professional development group that has 800 members on Facebook. Larissa describes this dynamic group and the benefits of joining. The Social Media Club is free to join, and most events are free to attend.

Tune in to Conversations in Public Relations as Larissa Fair and Mary Fletcher Jones talk about social media and its relationship to public relations in this five-minute video interview.

Video and direction by David Hyson.

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Presenting Larissa Fair, Organizer of the Social Media Club, DC

Larissa Fair is a guest on Conversations in Public Relations.

Larissa Fair

Larissa Fair

Larissa Fair is the chairperson of the Washington, DC chapter of the Social Media Club (SMC-DC), an organization of 800 professionals.

The Social Media Club is free to join.  The DC group includes journalists, communications professionals, bloggers, and teachers, among others.  Most events are free of charge.

Larissa is an independent consultant with experience in event management and social media-focused campaigns for technology, political, and consumer markets.  Previously, Larissa worked for Livingston Communications, and was a contributing writer to the company blog, The Buzz Bin.

Presenting Tomeka Rawlings, IABC-DC President

Tomeka Rawlings is a guest on Conversations in Public Relations.

Tomeka Rawlings

Tomeka Rawlings

Tomeka S. Rawlings is President of the Washington, DC chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

With more than 640 members, IABC/Washington is the largest IABC chapter in the United States, and the second largest in the world. The chapter membership is comprised of a diverse group of communicators who work in the public and private sector as consultants, independent business owners, and corporate staff.  Represented fields include marketing, advertising, corporate communications, government relations, human resource communications and shareholder relations, as well as graphic designers, video producers, and printers.

IABC logoTomeka is a senior communications professional with more than 13 years of experience in the communications field and over seven years of senior management experience.

Her background is in both internal and external communications with expertise in strategic planning and media relations. She has held positions in several environments including the government, corporate, non-profit and agency.  Her proactive and progressive style has landed her leadership positions within the communications sector.

Currently, she consults with organizations on communications planning.

Tomeka Rawlings and Mary Fletcher Jones

Tomeka Rawlings and Mary Fletcher Jones

Presenting Sabrina Kidwai, PRONet Organizer

Sabrina Kidwai is a guest on Conversations in Public Relations.

Sabrina Kidwai

Sabrina Kidwai

Sabrina Kidwai is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and a co-chair for the PROnet committee.

The PROnet Committee targets public relations professionals with seven years or less experience in the field of public relations, as well as graduating students, new professionals to the industry, and others interested in expanding their knowledge of public relations through networking and professional development activities.

Sabrina is in charge of coordinating and planning monthly networking events for PROnet, and will talk about this fun and exciting networking group in her interview for Conversations in Public Relations.

Sabrina Kidwai and Mary Fletcher Jones

Sabrina Kidwai and Mary Fletcher Jones

Sabrina has been involved in public relations for eight years and is currently the media relations manager for the Association for Career and Technical Education, which she joined in December 2006.

She is responsible for managing all of ACTE’s media activities, including responding to media inquiries, developing and executing media plans, and providing media relations advice for members.

She is a current fellow in the IEL Education Policy Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

Before joining ACTE, she served as media relations director for a small non-profit in South Carolina, and she worked as an account manager for a high-tech public relations firm.

Sabrina received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Talking Public Affairs with Margery Kraus


How will President Obama’s Administration affect the practice of public affairs in Washington? Will it be business as usual? Or should we expect sweeping changes?

Margery Kraus, President and CEO of APCO Worldwide, discusses this topic in this short video from Conversations in Public Relations.

A Conversation with Margery Kraus


Margery Kraus, 2006 Washington PR Woman of the Year, is president and chief executive officer of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C which specializes in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals.

Tune in to Conversations in Public Relations as Margery Kraus and Mary Fletcher Jones talk about women and public relations.

Margery Kraus, Washington PR Woman of the Year


Margery Kraus received the 2006 Washington PR Woman of the Year Award from Washington Women in Public Relations. In this short video, she shares memories of that special day and reflects on the significance of the award to her, personally and professionally.

This video is part of a series of videos honoring Washington PR Women of the Year, in celebration of the award’s 20th anniversary in 2009.

Advertising, PR, and the DC Ad Club

Advertising, PR, and the DC Ad Club

Advertising and public relations go together like peanut butter and jelly! Join Conversations in Public Relations as we meet Karen Riordan, the president of the DC Ad Club (www.DCAdClub.com), the professional membership association for advertising professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Learn about the activities of this well-organized group, and why public relations professionals may want to become involved with the DC Ad Club. Video by Mary Fletcher Jones.

A Conversation with Kate Perrin

A Conversation with Kate Perrin

Join Conversations in Public Relations as we meet Kate Perrin, owner of the Washington, DC area’s only public relations staffing firm, PRofessional Solutions. Kate planned the first Washington PR Woman of the Year Award, and is a former President of Washington Women in Public Relations.

Kate Perrin talks about the first PR Woman of the Year Award

Kate Perrin talks about the first Washington PR Woman of the Year Award

In 2009, Washington Women in Public Relations celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Washington PR Woman of the Year Award. In this 2-minute video, first organizer Kate Perrin describes the first Washington PR Woman of the Year award.