• Lindsey Clinkingbeard


Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Arizona State University's Public Relations Student Society of America is an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in the public relations profession. PRSSA members connect with industry professionals who speak to our group about all things working in the real-world and share advice on how to excel in our career.

As a member since 2017, I am passionate about the role PRSSA has played in my professional experience at Cronkite. I furthered my work with PRSSA by moving into leadership roles such as president and director of marketing.

Here are some of the incredible guests we’ve welcomed this past semester:

As a previous PR & Social Media Intern with Small Giants, I knew that our PRSSA students needed to hear from their incredible leader. The boutique marketing agency in Scottsdale, Arizona is directed by none other than Danielle Feroleto. With more than 20 years of experience, Feroleto leads her agency in providing graphic design, social media, digital marketing, photography, videography and more on behalf of clients in the commercial real estate and construction industries.

Feroleto shared her experiences in the public relations and media industry; from graduating with a journalism degree from Cronkite, to working in publishing, and finally leading her own creative team at Small Giants.

Nicole Barrett is a professional working with Arizona’s Make-A-Wish foundation. She shared how her communications efforts on behalf of the organization assist in promoting their message and sharing their goals with the local community.

Krista Hintz is an experienced Cronkite career services professional. She is a freelance consultant and an active board member with the Phoenix chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Not only is she an outstanding source of support for Cronkite students, but her career advice stems from her knowledge and experiences of the media and public relations world.

Ira Gostin provided our students with professional advice & career tips from his extensive experiences in PR and communication as the Vice President of world-wide agency KPS3. He now works as a freelance consultant to businesses around the nation – and shared how we can take our job interviews and skills to the next level.

Of course, we wrapped up the semester a bit early in order to prepare for the 2019 PRSA Western District Conference! Our final meeting took place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, where the conference was held in April. Our students shared their goals for the future, and we spoke about all things scholarships and job related.

Speaking of scholarships, that’s another benefit to becoming a member with PRSSA. Our students have access to nationwide scholarships in order to support their education and professional experiences such as internships. As we work closely with PRSA Phoenix chapter, our students get to connect with these professionals as well.

I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities and experiences that PRSSA has allowed me to share with other students and local industry leaders.

I couldn’t end this blog post without giving a huge shout out to my wonderful colleague and friend, Gabby Revilla. She served as vice president and went above and beyond to support PRSSA through membership relations, social media support, coordinating speakers, and so much more. Please enjoy this photo of us officially graduating with our master's degrees!

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