Luncheon Teaches How To Build A Successful Advocacy Campaign

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The executive director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, Emily O’Donnell, is the guest speaker for the Public Relations Society of America Lookout Chapter’s professional development luncheon on June 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mountain City Club. 

Titled “From Local Campaigns to Statewide Change, Building Advocates,” Ms. O’Donnell will be presenting strategies on how to create community change, as well as legislative changes that impact nonprofits and businesses. She will be sharing practical steps to start public conversation, build a more involved audience, create partnerships, take legislative action and more.


"The Women’s Fund focuses on efforts that improve the lives of women and girls in Tennessee. When measured on factors such as access to health care, affordable childcare, employment, equal pay, education and other metrics, Tennessee ranked 49th out of 50 states in 2017. This report has spurred the group to even greater action, and they successfully impacted three pieces of legislation in the 2018 season that directly affect women in Tennessee. In this presentation, O’Donnell will share successful strategies implemented by the group’s staff and board to attract new advocates and change state legislation," officials said.

Before managing the Women’s Fund, Ms. O’Donnell worked as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of East Tennessee and was named New Advocate of the Year in 2013 by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. She lives in Chattanooga with her husband, John, two daughters and dog.

"The Public Relations Society of America is the trade association for public relations and communication professionals. The Lookout Chapter presents a luncheon once a month where attendees can network and learn from guest speakers. The meetings are open to non-members and are valuable not only to public relations specialists but to all communication, advertising, marketing, media and business professionals interested in learning how to maintain their brand in the evolving marketing and communications landscape," officials said.

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