Monday, April 10, 2006

Thank you, Pat Porter!

SMU CCPA students were awed at the wealth of experience and practical know-how Pat Porter managed to squeeze into a one-hour class last week. Porter, the Executive Director of Dallas Business Committee for the Arts (DBCA), discussed non-profit communications, business arts advocacy and cause-related marketing. She told students to watch trends in social venture partnerships, improved methods in research and documented outcomes, globalization, technology, strategic alliances and how non-profits are realigning to meet the changing demands in communication.

Thanks again, Pat. It's the first time I've heard students say they wish the class could have been longer.

13 comments:

Maggie Johnson said...

Thank you so much for talking with our class. I was so impressed by all you have done and your passion for your job. I thought some of the creative ways you engage the business community with the art community sounded like so much fun. Thanks again,
Maggie Johnson

Ashley Anderson said...

I was very sad that our time with Ms. Porter was so short. She had so much valuable information to share with us about her experiences. It was very interesting to learn about all of the different programs that she implements. Thanks again for talking with us!

Sarah Gray said...

Ms. Porter did a great job speaking to our class. I had no idea the things that she is involved in even existed in Dallas. Her passionate expertise was inspirational to me!

Perrin said...

So basically the one day I am not in class I miss the most dynamic speaker of the whole semester! I am absolutely sick that I missed hearing Pat speak. So if you ever feel inclined Pat, come back!

Caroline Zivley said...

Thank you so much Ms. Porter! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and would love to learn more about your non-profit organization. Your presentation reminded me that there are different, unique jobs out there in the communications industry and that the most important lesson is to be passionate about your work. I hope to do something as interesting as you do someday, and I look forward to staying in touch with you in the future.

Casey Westlake said...

Ms. Porter gave such a fun, high intensity presentation about DBCA and how she ended up there! I was fascinated with the concept of DBCA and how important such an organization can influence various businesses' success as well as their visability in Dallas. Made me want to explore more ways to put my PR skills to work! thank you, Ms. Porter.

Caroline Zivley said...

Thank you so much Ms. Porter! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and would love to learn more about your non-profit organization. Your presentation reminded me that there are different, unique jobs out there in the communications industry and that the most important lesson is to be passionate about your work. I hope to do something as interesting as you do someday, and I look forward to staying in touch with you in the future.

Becca Burnitt said...

Dear Ms. Porter,
Thank you so much for coming to speak to our class last Friday. Your presentation was very interesting and I really enjoyed hearing you speak to our class. I especially enjoyed the comments you made about the business arts because it was a topic I was not very familiar with. Thank you again for speaking to our class and I really enjoyed your presentation.

Kathleen Falcone said...

Pat,
Your informative presentation was not only amazing, but extremely motivational. The sincere passion you possess for your work is clearly exhibited when you share your knowledge with others. As a student, I was not only motivated to begin a career in PR, but more importantly, I felt encouraged and inspired to experience attain that same passion in my own life. Thank you so much for visiting with our class!

Lauren said...

Ms. Porter gave an energetic and exciting inside look into what she does and tips that were very informative into the Public Relations field. Her energy made me very excited for my future in this business.

Pat Porter said...

You guys humble me with your generous praise. I thank you for the opportunity to tell you about my life work and the passion we all feel about enhancing our personal and work environments.

Thanks, keep up the great work!

Hugs to all, Pat Porter

Kim Holland said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our class. It was very nice of you to bring not only a valuable discussion but a media kit with even more information! Your tip on the "elevator conversation" was very clever and I plan to develop one of my own. Thanks again!

Ashley Whisnant said...

Thanks so much for visiting our class! I truly was in awe of Pat's knowledge, experience and ability to convert everything she knew into practical advice for our class. I learned a lot about the process of moving up in the field, the ins and outs of a non profit industry and how successful you DBCA is because of Pats hard work and dedication! Thanks again I really enjoyed your visit!