PRSA Jumpstart Springs to Life at Saint Joseph

Content originally published in the spring addition of PRSA Puget Sound Newsflash

Jumpstart returned to Seattle this spring with a new location and fresh set of speakers. The event was held at the Saint Joseph School on Capitol Hill. It attracted over 50 aspiring and working professionals from around Washington.

This year’s event was keynoted by Whitney Keyes – author of Propel: Five Ways to Amp-Up Your Marketing and Accelerate Business and professor of Strategic Communications at Seattle University. Her presentation focused on the importance of being open to an evolving career path which may not be linear. Other speakers included Kyle Warnick – Microsoft, who spoke about the importance of personal branding and Mark Firmani – Firmani+Associates, who gave attendees practical advice on how to obtain their first job in PR. Other activities at Jumpstart included mock interviews, resume reviews, a media panel, and  small roundtables featuring seasoned PR professionals from various fields.

New to Jumpstart this year was a raffle which featured prizes donated by speakers. Prizes included
inspirational books, gift cards, and additional 1:1 time with speakers over coffee or lunch. Attendees were very satisfied with the event and mentioned they thoroughly appreciated the access to seasoned PR professionals.

Thanks to the Jumpstart planning committee for all of their hard work this year. Members of the group included:

Amy Boyd
Emily Nauseda
Erin Applegate
Dominique L’Eplattenier
Joshua Holland
Jay Peters
Kate Hudson
Shefali Sain
Shelsea Rawson
Stephen Odell

Interested in being a part of the Jumpstart 2014 planning committee? Contact Jay Weisberger at with inquiries about opportunities. In the meantime, stay connected to the Jumpstart by following it on Facebook at Puget Sound PRSA for Students and Twitter at
@PRJumpstartSEA for the latest news.