How Public Relations Practitioners Can Find a Work-Life Fit

Best Practices for the 24/7 PR Industry

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Category: Leadership & Management

We all try to have the best in both our workplace and personal lives. We are “doing it all,” hoping to “have it all.” Research conducted by the PRSA Committee on Work, Life and Gender has found that work-life balance is fairly unattainable for today’s professionals. Instead, “work-life fit” is a more appropriate term. However, is it possible? What’s the work-life fit reality when you work in the 24-7 public relations industry? In this webinar, panelists will share research and best practices for “fitting” your work and life together to achieve greater success.


David M. Dozier, Ph.D., professor, school of journalism & media studies, San Diego State University

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Dozier received the Pathfinder Award in 1990 from the Institute for Public Relations Research and Education. In 2001, he received the Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize for his research in public relations that benefits practitioners. In 2008, the Public Relations Society of America named him the Outstanding Educator.


Hongmei Shen, Ph.D., APR, associate professor, San Diego State University

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A former journalist, Shen has won top paper awards at international and national communication conferences, where she presented 36 refereed research papers. She also serves on the Commission of Public Relations Education, and was 2011 chair of the Work, Life & Gender Committee.


Hilary Sisco, Ph.D., APR, associate professor, Quinnipiac University

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Dr. Fussell Sisco has published 15 refereed journal articles in various premier academic journals in public relations and mass communication, and has presented 30 refereed research papers at international and national conferences. Her research agenda focuses on nonprofit organizations and crisis communication, having previously worked in nonprofit and higher education public relations. She is the vice-chair of the National Work, Life and Gender Issues Committee of the Public Relations Society of America.


Jennifer Vardeman-Winter, Ph.D., assistant professor, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

Vardeman-Winter has published more than 15 articles and chapters related to public relations, gender and health. She is a 2013–2014 Page Legacy Scholar in the Arthur W. Page Center at Penn State University, and serves in task force and officer positions in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Public Relations Division.


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