PRSA’S COUNSELORS ACADEMY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Q&A WITH KEN JACOBS
Meet Ken Jacobs, Principal and Founder of Jacobs Communications Consulting in New York City. Ken boasts over 25 years of experience and will be bringing the laughs as he helps out on the Welcome Committee at this year’s Conference. For insights from Ken and more about his experiences with the Counselor’s Academy keep reading!
Getting to know you…
Name: Ken Jacobs
First job in PR: Assistant Account Executive, Dudley-Anderson-Yutzy Public Relations, New York, NY
Most loved thing about being in PR: Having a positive impact on the businesses of my clients (the owners and leaders of public relations and communications agencies), helping their teams build their skills, and assisting my coaching clients become better leaders and communicators.
Best source for breaking PR news: PR Week Online
Number one recommendation to new PR professionals: Build your career network while you’re young, before you need it!
About Counselors Academy…
Most valuable aspect of being a Counselors Academy member: The relationships with the wisest group of communications counselors I’ve ever met in 30 years in the business. I know that I can call any of them, and get rock-solid counsel. The only thing greater than their wisdom is their generosity in sharing that wisdom.
Role on the planning committee: This year I’m working on the Dine-Around and Welcome Committees, but I believe that part of my role on each planning call is to get the group laughing!
Best thing about the Counselors Academy conference: Each year I get a keen understanding of the challenges agency owners and leaders face, what keeps them up at night, if you will. Since I see part of my job as helping them get a better night’s sleep based on my counsel, this understanding is priceless.
Most fun memory of a Counselors Academy conference: No question, the Sixties-themed party celebrating Counselors Academy’s 50th anniversary, at the Asheville Spring Meeting in 2010. I can’t imagine anything topping the outfits, the dancing, and Abbie Fink and friends channeling The Supremes! But we’ll give it a try in Austin!
Counselors Academy Member Spotlight Blog Series:
Our very own Dana Hughens is the PRSA’s Counselors Academy Conference Chair for the 2013 conference June 9-11 in Austin, Texas. As conference chair, she has the privilege to work with other members of the conference planning committee, which consists of senior-level PR counselors and agency owners from across the United States and Canada. We caught up with these PR pros to find out their secret to success and what they love most about Counselors Academy.