One of the highlights of my recent attendance at the ComNet17 conference in Miami Beach, Florida, was the opening keynote session. Michelle Obama’s chief speech writer, Sarah Hurwitz was interviewed by Melanie Newman, the Chief Public Engagement and Communications Strategist for NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
I was dependent on opioids. For a week. Two summers ago, following foot surgery, I experienced excruciating, constant pain that made four childbirths—including one C-section recovery—seem like an inconvenient headache. I took the opioid painkiller that my surgeon provided. It didn’t erase the pain but it did make it slightly more bearable. After a week, I finally felt better enough to switch to extra strength Tylenol. When I made that switch, I felt absolutely awful. Nausea, tiredness, sweats, depression, etc. At first, I thought it was the flu but that made no sense because I hadn’t left the house at all and no one in my house was sick. Then I started to put two and two together and I did some research on the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. With the exception of opiate cravings, I had them all. I was shocked that this happened after taking prescribed painkillers for just one week.
It’s that time of year again – time for football, pumpkin-spice lattes, and more importantly, time to cozy up to the annual Washington Women in Public Relations Media Roundtable. This year’s panel features reporters and editors from some of the top news outlets in the country and I can hardly wait to moderate.
Receives Best of Show, Research, Crisis Communications, Public Service, and Website Awards
WASHINGTON – October 13, 2017 – Hager Sharp took home five awards, including “Best of Show,” at the 49th annual Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) Thoth Awards Gala and Ceremony at the National Press Club last night.
I came to Hager Sharp just three years out of college, and in that time, I had solely worked for nonprofit and advocacy organizations. I honestly never saw myself leaving that world (at least, not so soon), and I felt like a fish out of water when I moved to a communications agency.
Transitioning from a work environment that was reactive, responsive, and quick to act to an agency that offers a measured, strategic, and thoughtful approach proved difficult and, at times, intimidating. But jumping into a new work environment taught me that loving your job extends beyond industry bounds.