Our first #PPRAMemberMonday for February 2016 is Rachel Christie, Assistant Account Executive at Brian Communications. Rachel is a relatively new PPRA member, joining in October of 2015. She graduated from La Salle University in May 2015.
PPRA: Rachel, tell us a bit about your background and what you do.
RC: Prior to joining Brian Communications, I sought industry experience in media, nonprofit, higher education and agency. I graduated from La Salle University in May 2015, majoring in Communication and Art History with a dual concentration in public relations and communication management. Senior year, I was honored to receive several academic and professional awards, including PPRA’s Dr. Jean Brody Student Achievement Award, PRSA’s Diversity Multicultural Scholarship and Philly Ad Club’s ‘Philly’s Future’ Scholarship. I’m a native of Des Moines, Iowa and have made Philadelphia my home. I believe in surrounding myself with smart people and learning from life’s successes and failures. Outside the office, my time is spent volunteering, staying active and enjoying the company of friends and family.
PPRA: Who are your clients and/or what projects are you working on right now?
RC: I work with great clients, including Widener University and The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics. There is never a dull day, especially as 2016 initiatives get underway.
PPRA: What is your favorite part about your job?
RC: The challenge. No two days are the same, and I love the diversity that it offers.
PPRA: What was your latest and greatest accomplishment at your job?
RC: Being part of the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit. It was a remarkable experience, and I’m so grateful to have been part of such a historic event. I was a member of the arrival team and staffed a number of events throughout the weekend, including Pope Francis’s mass on the Parkway. I met incredible people and could not be more proud of everyone involved.
PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?
RC: Keep focused and open minded. Sometimes the most successful ideas and campaigns come from finding a new perspective.
RC: When it comes to movies, I have to go with About Time. I’m a sap for a good romantic comedy. My interest in books varies, but I never hesitate to reach for Switch. I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.
PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?
RC: Hiking the Wissahickon trails. It’s an escape from the city without ever leaving. The views are unbelievable and a top recommendation for anyone’s summer bucket list.