Hear from some of Houston's top public relations leaders as they share secrets of success at an unusual meeting sponsored by LifeGift. This mentoring luncheon provides networking with PR thought leaders "up close and personal," so that you can ask questions and get answers.
Designated sages at each table will share insights and facilitate conversations with other seasoned professionals about what it takes to get ahead in these challenging times and the trends they see on the PR horizon.
Bring your questions and get ready for a lively small-group discussion with one of our distinguished guests:*
Learn how Tony Wyllie, Vice President of Communications for the Houston Texans, shapes the team’s public and community image and generates publicity. Wyllie is entering his 17th season in the NFL and serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit and community organizations.
Get a former journalist’s perspective from Thaddeus Herrick, general manager of Burson-Marsteller’s Houston office and a director in its public affairs practice. He brings to the firm nearly 25 years of prize-winning newspaper work, most recently with the Wall Street Journal. Thaddeus shared in the newspaper’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and was a frequent guest on CNBC and Wall Street Journal Radio.
Explore the finer points of community relations with Cyndy Garza-Roberts, H-E-B’s Director of Public Affairs-Houston Division. Garza-Roberts is responsible for the company’s public, community, media and governmental relations as well as its corporate charitable giving. Her vast communications experience has included leadership positions at the University of Houston, the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center and Reliant Energy. She began her career in television and led public affairs and community relations efforts at KTRK in Houston for more than fifteen years. Garza-Roberts has received many awards and honors for her work and serves on the boards of several nonprofit and community organizations.
Ask Steve Stuyck, vice president for public affairs at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, how his team of more than 165 employees keeps the communications and educational excellence awards coming. Stuyck is responsible for strategy and direction for several communication, education, community outreach and public service programs.
Discuss success in the agency world with former PRSA Houston President Carolyn Mayo, APR, president of Vollmer and IPREX. Mayo has more than 25 years of experience directing accounts in the consumer, real estate, business-to-business, health care and technology arenas, including major clients such as Travelocity, Pennzoil, Minute Maid and CHRISTUS Health. Previously, she was public relations manager for the Houston district of J.C. Penney.
Learn about taking the PR route up the corporate ladder from Terry Hemeyer, executive counsel to Pierpont Communications. Hemeyer is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication and teaches crisis management for the Rice University MBA program. He also served as CCO for Service Corporation International, group VP of Pennzoil Company and executive VP for Edelman Worldwide. He also rose to the rank of Colonel Selectee during a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
Dissect the latest communication crisis with Henry A. de La Garza, APR, CEO of de La Garza Public Relations. A crisis communications specialist with domestic and foreign experience, de La Garza’s career spans nearly 40 years as an award winning television news reporter and producer, a spokesman for AT&T, and the director of communications/press secretary for the mayors of Houston and El Paso. He is a past president and past chairman of Pinnacle Worldwide, of which is firm is a member.
Get career tips from Gretchen Weis, APR, who has more than 25 years of experience in the communication profession. Her corporate experience includes managing local, national and international public relations activities for Hermann Hospital, Transco Energy and Vista Chemical Company. As principal of Weis Communications and previously in executive roles at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Pierpont Communications, she has served dozens of health care, energy, petrochemical and consumer product and service companies.
*Please note your registration does not include assigned seating at a specific table. Seating is first-come, first-served. "Seekers" will switch tables before dessert, so each will benefit from the wisdom of two "sages."