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RVA Industry Events Calendar: July 2024

Each month, we curate networking and educational events happening across the Richmond region. From opportunities to connect with industry professionals to learning more about existing organizations, July is jam-packed with events hosted by ChamberRVA, the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate and others. See you at a July event soon! Young Professionals July Mentor Event  Hosted by GRACRE  Tuesday, July 9 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Hourigan Office  Learn more and register here.  HYPE Cups of Connection  Hosted by ChamberRVA  Wednesday, July…

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RVA Industry Events Calendar: June 2024 

There is a robust professional community in the Greater Richmond Region, providing like-minded professionals with opportunities to connect, learn and grow. And with collaboration and networking engrained in our culture, you’ll often catch a Hodger at a local event cultivating relationships and keeping up to date with the latest trends and best practices in PR, marketing and our clients’ industries.   In that spirit, we’ll begin curating upcoming networking and educational events in the region hosted by many organizations our team members are a part of.  …

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Bridging Classroom Learning with Real-World Public Relations

Before embarking on my internship with Hodges this semester, my understanding of public relations was mostly confined to the pages of textbooks and lecture halls. And while the knowledge I’ve gained in the classroom has laid sturdy groundwork, it lacked the crucial element of real-world application. From The Robertson School to The Hodges Partnership, each step of the journey has taught me valuable lessons about blending education with hands-on experience. My journey at the Robertson School began with a deep dive into the theories and…

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Content Gathering Tips and Tricks 

Communications professionals spend a lot of time behind the computer. Between writing articles and blogs, pitching stories and curating social ed calendars, screen time can consume a large part of the day. However, despite the predominantly digital nature of their work, there comes a time when PR practitioners must step outside the virtual world.   Thanks to smartphones, capturing top-notch visuals is easier than ever. Yet, with so many content opportunities, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not! After a recent content-gathering day for a…

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Meet a Hodger: Jada Carpenter

With a keen eye for design and an innate understanding of what looks good, Jada Carpenter has a knack for designing beautiful graphics that help clients reach their goals. Born and raised in Alexandria, Jada came to Richmond in 2013 to attend VCU and has been here ever since. She earned a B.S. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Creative Advertising in 2017. Jada was drawn to design when she began learning basic principles in her classes at VCU. The notion of design choices,…

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Building Confidence in Your First Internship: Five Tips to Tackle Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever experienced that gnawing, anxious voice in your head – a voice that continuously doubts your abilities despite all your hard work and triumphs? You aren’t alone. If you haven’t had the sorrow of being acquainted yet, let me introduce you to a sneaky little concept called imposter syndrome. Merriam-Webster defines imposter syndrome as “a psychological condition that is characterized by persistent doubt concerning one’s abilities or accomplishments accompanied by the fear of being exposed as a fraud despite evidence of one’s ongoing…

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Grand Slams: Reflecting on the 2023 Richmond PRSA Awards

Each year, The Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America holds its annual awards ceremony to honor the innovative work of public relations professionals from the previous year. The awards program champions creativity and highly effective communications strategies, and this year, Hodges knocked it out of the park. The team took home a total of 9 awards in the following categories: One standout campaign was “Virginia’s Community College’s G3 Awareness and Lead Generation Campaign” led by Michaela Mishoe and the VCCS account team….

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Finding and landing your first internship

Life after college can be scary, and in an economy that seems to only get more volatile, the post-grad job search can easily begin to feel like a bunch of futile attempts at adulthood.  However, there’s no need to lament over untapped potential just yet. Internships offer an excellent opportunity to establish industry experience, granting you a head start over your peers by the time you graduate. As an intern, you have the opportunity to expand your network, enhance your resume with valuable experiences and…

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How to stay connected during a virtual internship  

The pandemic completely changed the way we live, play and work. And while COVID-19 brought countless negatives, the virus also encouraged the world to rethink, revamp and revitalize age-old systems – like putting on real pants and going into an office five days a week.   As the growing number of remote internships and career opportunities increase, it’s important to learn how to communicate effectively with members of your team in a new way. Here are five tips I’ve learned for staying connected during a virtual…

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Meet A Hodger: Jack Gorman 

Jack Gorman is no stranger to change. In fact, you might even say he thrives on it.  Originally from South Lake Tahoe, California, Jack has spent his life moving from coast to coast. After receiving a degree in political science with a public service emphasis from the University of California, Davis, Jack began his professional career as a federal lobbyist in Washington, D.C., where he spent five years before moving to Seattle, Washington.   Following this, Jack moved between California and D.C. three more times before…

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Meet a Hodger: Alejandro Leon

With an aptitude for making connections and an instinct for digital marketing, VCU graduate Alejandro Leon is the latest former-intern-turned-Hodger to be welcomed back to the team. After interning with The Hodges Partnership and graduating from VCU in 2022 with a degree in public relations, Alejandro found himself back at Hodges after working with Velocity Marketing in Northern Virginia for the last year. Call him a “triple threat” with talents for branding, public speaking and writing, Alejandro brings great passion to Hodges, not to mention…

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Meet a Hodger: Amanda Christian

Whether she is coaching travel volleyball or seeing her favorite alternative bands in concert, Amanda Christian has her finger on RVA’s pulse. After graduating from JMU in 2020 with a degree in communications, she joined The Hodges Partnership as an intern, then came back to join the ranks of former-interns-turned-Hodgers this fall. With unwavering ambition, joining our team most recently from Virginia’s Wine Board, she has already propelled herself into a successful career in public relations. Without further ado, if you haven’t already, please meet…

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