[August Luncheon] Difficult Conversations

August 6, 2018  |  Home, Meeting Info  |  No Comments


No one likes having difficult conversations – whether it’s with your boss, your coworkers, or your clients, tough conversations tend to be avoided at all costs. As communicators, however, it’s our responsibility to deliver concise messages in any situation. Dana Gillis will provide strategies and specific action items to navigate these difficult conversations and build strong, trust-based relationships in both your professional and personal lives.



Dana Gillis, Executive Coach with Transcend
Dana is an executive coach who works in fulfillment of the company’s mission to develop High Performing Relationships to improve organizational results. Prior to accepting his current position, Dana worked at, Alabama A&M University, as the institution’s Director of Compliance for Athletics. Dana was also an Adjunct Instructor in the University’s Criminal Justice Program. Dana previously served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for twenty-four years. Dana holds a level 5 certification in executive coaching from the Institute of Leadership and Management, United Kingdom. Dana received a B.S. Degree in Communication Arts from James Madison University. He holds a Master of Studies degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge. Dana is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville, Class 24 as well as Leadership Alabama Class 23. Dana is the Secretary for the Leadership Huntsville/Madison County board of directors and serves on the board of directors of the Huntsville Rotary Club.




When: Wednesday, August 15

11:30 AM Networking & Lunch

11:30 AM Networking & Lunch

12:00 PM NAPRCA Updates

12:15 PM Speaker Begins

1:00 PM Wrap Up


Where: Redstone Federal Credit Union

GPS Address: 220 Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35893

Price: $20 for Non-Members, $15 for Members, $12 for Students

Select to either pay in advance when you register OR register only and pay at the door when you arrive.

The RSVP deadline for the August Luncheon is Monday, August 13 at 5 PM.

See you on Wednesday, August 15!

NAPRCA Chapter & Members Receive Statewide Recognition

May 17, 2018  |  Awards, Home  |  Comments Off on NAPRCA Chapter & Members Receive Statewide Recognition

Your North Alabama PRCA Chapter and its members where received high honors at the 2018 PRCA Conference for efforts and projects that took place during 2017. NAPRCA placed first in 6 out of 8 categories and was named Sharon Heflin Chapter of the Year for 2017. Several chapter members were also recognized for their professional achievements. Congratulations to all of the award winners!


Chapter of the Year Awards (COTY)

North Alabama recieved 1st Place in Membership, Education, Chapter Management, Communications, Programs, Projects; 3rd Place in APR

2017 Sharon Heflin Chapter of the Year Award – NORTH ALABAMA


2018 PRCA Medallion Award Winners

Awards of Merit (70-79)

  • Media Fusion, Chantel Minish, National Park Service Ranger Recruitment
  • #GoPlayHsv, Ashley Polesak, Huntsville Parks & Recreation


Awards of Excellence (80-89)

  • Huntsville Hospital, Sue Esslinger and Steve Doyle, News in 90
  • Committee of 100, PR Plan, Leah Gradl
  • Dynetics, Kristina Hendrix and Whitney Schmitt, Web Renovation
  • Dynetics Kristina Hendrix and Whitney Schmitt, Updated Publication
  • Creative Cities, Leah Gradl, Brand Design
  • Parkway Place (CBL Properties), Molly Bell, Pop Up Shop
  • Dynetics, Kristina Hendrix and Whitney Schmitt, Aerospace Expansion


Medallion Awards (90-100)

  • City of Huntsville, Jessica Carlton, Rescue Me: Fire Dogs
  • Huntsville-Madison County CVB, Kristen Pepper, TBEX Website
  • Committee of 100, Leah Gradl, Crisis Plan
  • Media Fusion, Chantel Minish, NASA SLS Virtual Reality
  • Kent Company, Leah Gradl, 60th Anniversary




BEST IN SHOW: City of Huntsville, Jessica Carlton, Rescue Me: Fire Dogs


February 20, 2018  |  Home, News, Projects  |  Comments Off on MentorMatch

Mentoring is an all-encompassing way to encourage personal growth. The mentor and mentee will work together to develop the mentee’s underlying abilities and will help develop new skills and acquire knowledge in their chosen field. Mentees who take full advantage of the program will have assistance in internships and potential job opportunities. Mentors and mentees will complete an online application to participate. Once applications are reviewed, candidates will be matched by the MentorMatch committee. The matched mentor/mentee participants will be contacted via email and will sign a mentoring agreement to participate in the program.

Requirements for MentorMatch

A Mentor:

  • Must hold an active PRCA Membership
  • Must have at least 8 years’ experience working in the Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising or related fields
  • Must be willing to dedicate at least 2 hours per month in mentoring a chosen mentee

Ideal Mentors Are:

  • Professionals with industry experience
  • Advocates of the public relations, marketing, advertising industries or related fields
  • Professionals who are willing to share their professional network with mentees, should the opportunity arise
  • Sounding boards and advisors who help mentees explore possibilities and learn more about their chosen industries, review career paths and fine-tune their career goals
  • Open to sharing past successes, failures and insights into lessons learned
  • Supporters and givers of constructive feedback

Benefits for the Mentor Include:

  • Further develops leadership skills
  • Allows an opportunity to provide feedback, communicate and develop interpersonal skills
  • Gain new perspectives through interaction
  • Opportunity to reflect on own practices
  • Invest in the future of the mentee

A Mentee:

  • Must hold an active NAPRCA Membership (professional or student)

Ideal Mentees Are:

  • Ambitious professionals who are seeking career advice and have the desire to grow professionally
  • Either early in their career and/or recent position
  • Open to new experiences and learning opportunities
  • Willing to accept constructive guidance and recommendations, while keeping an open mind

Benefits for the Mentee Include:

  • Develop new skills and expertise
  • Enhances confidence in dealing with challenges and issues
  • Enhances networking opportunities
  • Helps to clarify career direction and advancement
  • Increases individual visibility and recognition in the organization

Application for MENTOR

Application for MENTEE