Member Spotlight: Katy Parsons, APR

This Member Spotlight profiles Katy Parsons, APR, and Senior Account Executive at ChappellRoberts. She joined PRSA Tampa Bay in 2006, currently serves as co-chair of the APR Committee, and previously served as a member of the PRSSA Committee and professional liaison to USF’s student-run public relations agency, KnoBull.

  1. First news publication you read in the morning?

The Tampa Bay Times.

  1. First public relations job?

Assistant Account Executive at ChappellRoberts, where I started in 2006. I’ve been with this inspiring agency and grown my career there for 13 years, and I credit my tenure to an agency culture of continued learning, creativity and fun.

  1. Most important career mentor, and why?

I actually have two, Colleen Chappell, APR, and Christine Turner, APR, who are both selfless champions of growing the people around them. In my career, they have helped me to treat failure as an opportunity to grow, learn, and be more creative, and they both bring a creative spirit and amazingly fun energy to work every day, which inspires all of us around them.

  1. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?

Using too much jargon or professional-speak versus connecting with people in a meaningful way.

  1. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?

Earning my APR (Accreditation in Public Relations)! It changed my perspective of the role of public relations, strengthening a focus on results.

  1. Most important skill gained through the APR process?

One, know that you have the potential to change to world – or at least your world. Two, give a damn about what you do and bring that passion to work every day, because it will help you and inspire others to create change.

  1. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?


  1. Favorite movie?

Better Off Dead.

  1. Favorite vacation?

Paris. This city exudes creativity, history and energy.

  1. Any three dinner guests?

Eleanor Roosevelt , Tina Fey and Sheryl Sandberg.

With my husband, Kerry.

My children, Annie and Jude.

At our chapter’s 2018 PRSA Professional Development Day, with fellow members (from left) Paula MacDonald, APR; Crystal Lauderdale; Kirk Hazlett, APR and Fellow PRSA; and Mary Margaret Hull, APR, and 2018 PRSA Tampa Bay president.


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