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Live HAPPO Event On Feb. 24

By: Gini Dietrich | February 15, 2011 | 
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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.

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98 responses to “Live HAPPO Event On Feb. 24”

  1. makarlin says:

    I will absolutely be there. Can’t wait!

  2. 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

  3. HowieSPM says:

    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.

  4. ginidietrich says:

    @T60Productions Tony, you are MORE than welcome!!

  5. ginidietrich says:

    @makarlin YAY!!

  6. ginidietrich says:

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

  7. In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  8. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  9. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  10. RT @lizstrauss: RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  11. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  12. @ginidietrich Great… count me in!

  13. LeeEar (Lee) says:

    RT @lizstrauss: RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  14. Griddy says:

    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.

  15. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  16. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  17. Looking for, or want, a new job? Join our live #HAPPO event in Chicago http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  18. RT @ginidietrich: Looking for, or want, a new job? Join our live #HAPPO event in Chicago http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  19. RT @ginidietrich: Looking for, or want, a new job? Join our live #HAPPO event in Chicago http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  20. ginidietrich says:

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

  21. ginidietrich says:

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

  22. tamcdonald says:

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

  23. @ginidietrich RT In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  24. Fyi jobseekers: RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Looking for or want a new job? Join us on Feb. 24 for a live #HAPPO event http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  25. Join Arment Dietrich, @dcaplick and me on Feb. 24 for #HAPPO http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  26. RT @ginidietrich Join Arment Dietrich, @dcaplick and me on Feb. 24 for #HAPPO http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  27. In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  28. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  29. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  30. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  31. RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  32. Great opportunity for #PRSSA! RT @ginidietrich: In Chicago? Join our live #HAPPO event on Feb. 24. Details here http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  33. KrystalPenrose says:

    @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!

  34. BTRIPP says:

    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”!

  35. ginidietrich says:

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

  36. ginidietrich says:

    @tamcdonald Hope you get a hall pass!

  37. ginidietrich says:

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

  38. If you’re in Chicago and on the job market (or wanting to be) join us Feb. 24 http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  39. RT @ginidietrich: If you’re in Chicago and on the job market (or wanting to be) join us Feb. 24 http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  40. RT @ginidietrich: If you’re in Chicago and on the job market (or wanting to be) join us Feb. 24 http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  41. RT @ginidietrich: If you’re in Chicago and on the job market (or wanting to be) join us Feb. 24 http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  42. Next Thursday, join @merrittpr, a recruiter, a corporate hiring manager, and the @spinsucks team http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  43. RT @ginidietrich: Next Thursday, join @merrittpr, a recruiter, a corporate hiring manager, and the @spinsucks team http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  44. RT @ginidietrich: If you’re in Chicago and on the job market (or wanting to be) join us Feb. 24 http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  45. jacque_PR says:

    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. 😉

  46. jacque_PR says:

    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. 😉

  47. ginidietrich says:

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

  48. paigeworthy says:

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

  49. ginidietrich says:

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

  50. KarimJuliaPonce says:

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

  51. eadler says:

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

  52. Don’t forget Chicago! It’s this Thursday! RT @spinsucks Live HAPPO Event On Feb. 24 http://tinyurl.com/685rdhc

  53. KyleAkerman says:

    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.

  54. RT @ginidietrich: Don’t forget Chicago! It’s this Thursday! RT @spinsucks Live HAPPO Event On Feb. 24 http://tinyurl.com/685rdhc

  55. johnjustic says:

    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!!

  56. ginidietrich says:

    @johnjustic LOL! OK. Fine.

  57. ginidietrich says:

    @KyleAkerman Awesome, Kyle! See you soon.

  58. ginidietrich says:

    @eadler YAY Erin! See you soon!

  59. ginidietrich says:

    @KarimJuliaPonce Thanks Karim! See you Thursday!

  60. ReeseNicole says:

    HI, RSVPing for the Chicago event!

  61. Jacki says:

    RSVPing for the event in Chicago!

  62. Planning to check out Thursday’s #HAPPO event! Part panel discussion, part networking http://bit.ly/eEE7up Thanks, @ginidietrich!

  63. RT @cld819: Planning to check out Thursday’s #HAPPO event! Part panel disc, part networking http://bit.ly/eEE7up Thanks, @ginidietrich!

  64. lgdrew says:

    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?

  65. ginidietrich says:

    @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.

  66. ginidietrich says:

    @Jacki Awesome! See you tomorrow!

  67. ginidietrich says:

    @ReeseNicole Oh goodie! YAY!

  68. MerrittPR says:

    @ginidietrich merrittpr Can’t wait!

  69. zeina says:

    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…

  70. ginidietrich says:

    @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!

  71. Torahga says:

    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?

  72. ginidietrich says:

    @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.

  73. Can’t wait! RT @ginidietrich: Next Thursday, join @merrittpr, a recruiter, a corp hiring manager, and @spinsucks team http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  74. RT @MerrittPR: Can’t wait! RT @ginidietrich: Next Thursday, join @merrittpr, a recruiter, a corp hiring manager, and @spinsucks team http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  75. RT @ginidietrich: Next Thursday, join @merrittpr, a recruiter, a corp hiring manager, and @spinsucks team http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  76. lgdrew says:

    @ginidietrich @lgdrew Thanks! I’m excited.

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  78. CristerDelaCruz says:

    I’ll be there. See you soon!

  79. gyrlbanket says:

    Sounds good. I’ll be there.

  80. ginidietrich says:

    @gyrlbanket See you soon!

  81. ginidietrich says:

    @CristerDelaCruz Oh yay!!

  82. knallen says:

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

  83. shosenka says:

    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!

  84. shosenka says:

    @CristerDelaCruz See you tonight, Crister!

  85. ginidietrich says:

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

  86. ginidietrich says:

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

  87. gyrlbanket says:

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

  88. juliealesandra says:

    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!

  89. Chicago friends – #HAPPO Event tonight at the Arment Dietrich offices: http://tinyurl.com/685rdhc 5p-7p Be there … or be jobless? j/k

  90. Wonderful that @ginidietrich is hosting #HAPPO event tonight in Chi. @shosenka should go, if you can! RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/685rdhc

  91. ginidietrich says:

    @juliealesandra Yes, Julie! Please stop by!

  92. ginidietrich says:

    @gyrlbanket Yep! On the Fourth Floor.

  93. Busy day today! Promoting @EnableNJWalk today towards exceeding our fundraising goal, and then attending #HAPPO in #NYC http://bit.ly/eEE7up

  94. KyleAkerman says:

    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 🙂

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