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Accelerating Your Career: Deeper Look at APR and Master Programs for Today’s Professional

October 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

You’re involved in professional organizations, active in community initiatives and are looking for that next step in your career. APR and Masters Programs are great ways to accelerate your career. Panelists will discuss the benefits, differences and why they choose to obtain their APR, MBA or Master’s in Communications/Marketing.

Speaker Biographies

Kara A. Allison, APR, directs corporate development strategies and communications for Environmental Management Specialists, Inc. (EMS), specializing in business and project development, state and federal environmental policy issues, reputation management, media strategy, and crisis communications. A journalism graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Kara has more than 20 years of experience in public and media relations. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a registered lobbyist in Ohio. Kara’s niche expertise is a unique blend of her previous experience as a nationally-recognized environmental consultant, a media relations coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and a former newspaper reporter. She is the author of numerous environmental articles and papers, has presented at local and national environmental and public relations conferences, and serves on a variety of professional boards and committees. Among other accomplishments, Kara was invited by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in fall 2009 to guest lecture on funding strategies for sustainable design projects, and received the 2001 George B. Garrett Professionalism Award, Ohio EPA’s highest award for professional excellence.

Megan Canavan, M.S., IMC, has served as the Director of Communication for the City of Powell since April 2013. Before coming to the City of Powell, Megan was the public information officer for the City of Dublin. She also previously served as the program and coalition manager for the American Lung Association – West Virginia Chapter. Megan received a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with a Minor in Professional Writing from The Ohio State University. She resides in Delaware with her husband Brian, 2-year-old daughter Maggie and two dogs Boomer and Ellie.



Taylor Haag, MBA, has more than seven years of experience in strategic internal and external communications, social media strategy and event planning. She is currently the Director of Development and Public Relations at Netcare Access, a non-profit providing crisis and assessment services for mental health and substance abuse in Franklin County. Prior to joining Netcare, Taylor held roles in corporate communications for a large regional bank, building its social media program, planning and executing its 150th anniversary celebration and leading its corporate-wide efforts and participation in the charity bike ride Pelotonia. Taylor is an active member of Central Ohio PRSA and the Central Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University.


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