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PRAL NW honors Jennifer Steadman, Katie Bursley with yearly awards

The Northwest Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana recognized Jennifer Steadman as the 2015 Communicator of the Year and Katie Bursley as the 2015 Member of the Year at the Holiday Social at the Robinson Film Center December 3.

Steadman is director of external relations with the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and Bursley is director of catering with the Petroleum Club of Shreveport. Both winners were chosen from an impressive field of nominations with board member votes determining the top candidate.

Steadman’s Communicator of the Year award recognizes and honors a community professional who has demonstrated exemplary communications skills throughout the past year that have resulted in the social, cultural and/or economic betterment of the region.

All candidates considered for nomination and selection live and work within Shreveport/Bossier, and demonstrated a high degree of skill in communicating effectively through the use of one or more of the mass media. Jennifer Steadman’s professional work over the past year fulfilled those requirements with ease.

Nominator Tricia Jowell boasted, “Jennifer is a great asset to the PRAL board and membership. At the Community Foundation, she has successfully led the charge for a community-wide giving campaign, Give for Good, bringing together social service organizations, media and the general public. She is an outstanding communicator and effectively uses traditional and social media to her advantage.”

Bursley’s Member of the Year award recognizes and honors a PRAL member who has demonstrated dedication to professional development and to the advancement of the PRAL Northwest organization.

All members considered for nomination and selection are current members of PRAL Northwest and have demonstrated great initiative to excel in their profession, while being focused on helping PRAL grow in the region. With Bursley’s co-chairing PRAL’s Public Service Committee, the organization was able to expand its contributions while gaining a better understanding of its chosen non-profit beneficiary.

Nominator Jennifer Adams noted, “Katie has been very involved in PRAL this year, as well as several other organizations. She has been dedicated to our Public Service Project supporting Volunteers for Youth Justice, and with her help this year we collected over $250 as an organization. Katie loves working with clients to create memorable events and has a passion for learning more about the art of management.”

PRAL Northwest provides networking opportunities, monthly professional development lunches, job postings, APR accreditation information, as well as a state and regional awards program.

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