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Cat Kalogeros — Vice President of Brand Engagement
What is your role? Please give a brief overview of your role and responsibilities.
As vice president of brand engagement I am in charge of the Progressions blog and PRSSA Podcasts. I act as the editor-in-chief for Progressions and lead an awesome subcommittee that contributes to the blog on a monthly basis. I mainly write, edit and recruit for this part of my position.
PRSSA Podcasts gives me the opportunity to speak with top industry professionals and Chapter leaders across the nation. I get to come up with interview questions, meet with guests and edit it all together so you get athe polished podcast episode to enjoy.
What does a typical day in your position look like?
My weekly tasks include editing and publishing pieces to the Progressions blog. Podcast work is a bit more sporadic and occurs throughout the month. As many members of National Committee have stated, no day is the same. With that said, I can say that I talk to my National Committee friends every single day. That is a beautiful constant that carries us from day to day.
What has been your favorite part of serving on the National Committee?
Working with the powerhouses on the National Committee has been amazing. These wonderful, dedicated student leaders have become my biggest cheerleaders on the professional and personal level. I’m so grateful that PRSSA brought us together.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your position?
A lot of my work is more behind-the-scenes so I don’t always get to connect with Chapter members on a personal level. I am working to chat more with my awesome authors, though.
What is something you are most proud of achieving in this role?
I’ve had so many incredible opportunities as a member of National Committee that I’m proud of. I’d have to say my personal growth has been my biggest source of pride. Taking the plunge to run for this position took a lot for me, I didn’t trust my own capabilities and leadership skills despite my qualifications. As many of you may know, it is hard to fight imposter syndome. This position has helped me grow in so many ways, including in confidence. As much as the position has helped me, I truly believe I have helped the position too. I’m so proud of what National Committee has given me and what I have given it in return.
What advice would you like to share with your future successor?
Bring your creativity and passion to the job! You have the power to create amazing things if you take the chance to do so. Let your creativity and passion shine, it will benefit the Society. Share your ideas even if they don’t fall under your position. The National Committee is a team of strong leaders with the same goal (and same love for PR) so never feel restricted by your title. This Society is what it is today because of the unique ideas that past and present National Committee members brought to the table.
Favorite social media?
Instagram for sharing my own media, TikTok for consuming media.
Favorite TV show/movie/book at the moment?
I finally started Grey’s Anatomy and I’m HOOKED! I’m currently re-reading “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. Please talk to me about shows, movies and books anytime.
“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
Cat Kalogeros is a communications and public relations double major at the University of Rhode Island. Cat is also pursuing double minors in English and writing and rhetoric. She currently serves as the 2021–2022 vice president of brand engagement for the PRSSA National Committee. Outside of PRSSA, Cat is a copywriting intern at Statusphere. She aspires to use her public relations skills to tell stories in the entertainment industry. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.