Gini Dietrich

Live HAPPO Event On Feb. 24

By: Gini Dietrich | February 15, 2011 | 

If you’re new to Spin Sucks, you may not know about HAPPO – Help a PR Pro Out, which was “invented” last year by Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon in order to help those looking for a job to network and broaden their reach.

The duo asked their friends across the country to champion their efforts in each city and to use social media to leverage relationships and help connect those seeking a job in the PR industry with employers. With some help from the Arment Dietrich team and Debra Caplick in suburban Chicago, I am the champion here.

And we’re hosting a live event in our offices on Feb. 24 from 5-7. Part panel discussion and part networking, we’ll also have adult beverages and snacks.

Karen Bloom, the founder of Bloom, Gross & Associates, has agreed to serve as the recruiter on our panel. We’ve also invited an agency leader and a hiring manager from the corporate side. Neither have confirmed yet so we’ll leave them as a surprise. But rest assured you’ll have a panel (with me moderating) who recruit and hire PR pros. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to network with everyone, see our offices, meet some of our team, and enjoy a cocktail.

HAPPO was founded on social media and this is the first time we’ve held a live event. It’s the next step in helping those of you either out of a job or thinking about making a change to network in person. Simultaneous live events are happening across the country so, if Chicago doesn’t work for you, check out the following champions who also are hosting events.

* Mike Schaffer, Washington, D.C.

* Anne Buchanan, Philadelphia

* Abbie Fink, Phoenix

* Arik Hanson, Minneapolis

* Nikki Stephan, Detroit

* Kellye Crane, Katie Wall, Jeremy Porter, Atlanta

* Deanna Ferrari, Pittsburgh

* Valerie Simon, PR Cog and Tiffany Winbush, New York City

If none of those events work for you, well no job for you!

OK. Not really.

You can participate in the HAPPO chat by using #HAPPO during the 5-7 CT hours.

If you’re in Chicago, please RSVP below so we know how many people to expect and buy enough treats.

See you next week!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • makarlin

    I will absolutely be there. Can’t wait!

  • Hi Gini… as you know, I’m a video guy, but a work with PR people! 🙂 Do I qualify? If you’re trying to limit the event exclusively to PR folks, I understand. Otherwise, I’d love to attend.

    –Tony Gnau

  • HowieSPM

    You said Adult beverages! I assume that means Capri Suns and YooHoo’s? Yummy!

    Very nice thing you have going here Gini. I am sure it will benefit a lot of people.

  • ginidietrich

    @T60Productions Tony, you are MORE than welcome!!

  • ginidietrich

    @makarlin YAY!!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM Well, now we just need people to show up. But I was kind of thinking cherry kool-aid. Think that’ll work?

  • @ginidietrich Great… count me in!

  • What a great thing you guys are doing here Gin :). Wish I was in Chicago – I’d definitely be there regardless! I’d finally be putting my masters degree in Com to good use lol.

  • ginidietrich

    And our agency partner has just confirmed! merrittpr will join us from Ketchum. Thanks Catherine!

  • ginidietrich

    @Griddy You have no idea how badly I wish you were in Chicago!

  • tamcdonald

    Is this an invite to finally see your office in person?

  • KrystalPenrose

    @ginidietrich @makarlin
    Hello, I am a PR student (and PRSSA member/treasurer) from Detroit and will be in the Chicago area on this day. Is this event open to me as well? I sure hope so!


    Is this the specified “below” where we RSVP?

    If so, I’d love to attend … especially as I am one of “those seeking a job in the PR industry”!

  • ginidietrich

    @BTRIPP Fabulous! We’ll see you next week!!

  • ginidietrich

    @tamcdonald Hope you get a hall pass!

  • ginidietrich

    @KrystalPenrose Yes, of course! You are more than welcome!

  • jacque_PR

    I’m officially RSVPing. It’s so great of you to host this event and I can’t wait to meet everyone!

    Oh, and we can finally discuss our love of Sharpies in person. 😉

  • jacque_PR

    I’m officially RSVPing. It’s so great of you to host this event and I can’t wait to meet everyone!

    Oh, and we can finally discuss our love of Sharpie markers in person. 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @jacque_PR YAY!! But if you taunt me, I’m kicking you out!

  • Consider me an RSVP! Can’t believe I haven’t visited the AD offices yet…also, adult beverages.

  • ginidietrich

    @paigeworthy I kind of don’t believe it, either! See you Thursday!

  • KarimJuliaPonce

    I look forward to meeting everyone on Thu– Thanks AD for this great effort.

  • eadler

    Here is my official RSVP! Looking forward to seeing you again!

  • KyleAkerman

    I’d like to add my RSVP to the list. I’m currently trying to make a drastic switch in careers and would love to learn more about the world of PR.

  • johnjustic

    I’m not RSVP’ing for the Chicago event but I’m going to check out the HAPPO event in Atlanta, Ga. I hope everyone’s events are very successful!!

  • ginidietrich

    @johnjustic LOL! OK. Fine.

  • ginidietrich

    @KyleAkerman Awesome, Kyle! See you soon.

  • ginidietrich

    @eadler YAY Erin! See you soon!

  • ginidietrich

    @KarimJuliaPonce Thanks Karim! See you Thursday!

  • ReeseNicole

    HI, RSVPing for the Chicago event!

  • Jacki

    RSVPing for the event in Chicago!

  • Gini, I would love to come but I’m at the office until 5:30. Fortunately I’m not very far. Is it alright to get there around 6?

  • ginidietrich

    @lgdrew Absolutely! We start the panel at 5:30 so when you come in the office, come around the corner, and we’ll be in the kitchen area. You’ll be able to hear voices.

  • ginidietrich

    @Jacki Awesome! See you tomorrow!

  • ginidietrich

    @ReeseNicole Oh goodie! YAY!

  • MerrittPR

    @ginidietrich merrittpr Can’t wait!

  • zeina

    Hi Gini, I’d like to RSVP for the Chicago event although I’m not 100% sure I can make it due to a prior engagement…

  • ginidietrich

    @zeina I’ll put you down as a maybe. If you want to arrive late (or leave early), that’s not a big deal, either!

  • Torahga

    Hi Ms. Dietrich,

    My name is Tosin Akeredolu and I’d love to attend this event. I leave work at 5 p.m. However, I work in the downtown area and will probably arrive around 5:30 ish. Is that okay?

  • ginidietrich

    @Torahga Yes, of course! Our panel begins at 5:30, so just come in the door, around the corner, and we’ll save you a seat.

  • @ginidietrich @lgdrew Thanks! I’m excited.

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  • CristerDelaCruz

    I’ll be there. See you soon!

  • gyrlbanket

    Sounds good. I’ll be there.

  • ginidietrich

    @gyrlbanket See you soon!

  • ginidietrich

    @CristerDelaCruz Oh yay!!

  • knallen

    I would love to come. I will be late, since I work until 5:30. I hope that is alright. Thanks.

  • I’ll be there! Gini, we can talk in person now, rather than via email (I connected with you via Twitter @shosenka). I look forward to meeting you!

  • @CristerDelaCruz See you tonight, Crister!

  • ginidietrich

    @shosenka Oh yay!! See you in a bit!

  • ginidietrich

    @knallen Totally alright! When you get here, come in the door and around the corner. You’ll hear talking.

  • gyrlbanket

    @ginidietrich Gini, can you give me the exact address for the event tonight? The Arment Dietrich office on Clark St?

  • juliealesandra

    Hi Gini, hoping it’s not too late to RSVP to stop by tonight? I’d love to come if you have room for me!

  • ginidietrich

    @juliealesandra Yes, Julie! Please stop by!

  • ginidietrich

    @gyrlbanket Yep! On the Fourth Floor.

  • KyleAkerman

    Gini, thanks for putting on this event. It was nice to meet you and your team in person. I wish I could have stayed a little longer to mingle with everyone that stopped by. Oh and thanks for allowing a former engineer to hang out with the PR crowd 🙂