The 9th annual Grunig Gala gave students at the University of Maryland an opportunity to develop and connect with public relations professionals and learn about pr in the “real world.” Attendees included professionals from National Geographic, Ketchum, Edelman, and even Under Armour. The event consisted of good food, but even better company.
My favorite part of the the Grunig Gala was how we were able to talk to public relations professionals and ask them about their jobs. At the roundtable discussions, I first found myself with Crystal Brown, Chief Communications Officer for University of Maryland, College Park. Immediately, she started off my asking if anyone at the table watches the show “Scandal.” Being an avid fan and binge watcher of the series, I knew exactly what Mrs. Brown was going to say next, “I am Olivia Pope.” My heart sank. For those of you who are don’t watch “Scandal,” Olivia Pope is in charge of crisis communication for the White House. Basically, I was sitting next to a real Olivia Pope for the University of Maryland! It was truly amazing to ask Brown about her job, and some of the problems she deals with on a daily basis, one of which she dealt with in the parking lot prior to the gala.