PAN in the Community
It probably comes as no surprise to learn that the same passion we bring to the office also gets us out into the community. Whether we’re giving time or giving back, we’re giving it our all.
Here are just a few of the causes and outside interests PAN employees pursue:
Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications Talks With Founder & President Philip A. Nardone, Jr. (April 2013)
Philip A. Nardone, Jr. is an adjunct professor of public relations in the Newhouse school, where he received his bachelor’s in public relations. After graduating from Newhouse, he started his career in a public relations agency in Boston.
He became the youngest general manager and president. Nardone knew he wanted to run his own agency after working as vice president of public relations at Neiman Marcus. He opened his own firm, PAN Communications, in 1995. PAN is an agency with passion, integrity and commitment. Nardone’s cross-industry experience and passion for public relations have infused the agency with a creative, results-oriented DNA. PAN Communications is an award-winning, independent public relations agency that delivers high-impact programs to increase visibility and market share for its clients.
Q: What is your favorite course you teach in Newhouse?
A: I’ve recently taught the capstone public relations management class. I like it because it applies public relations practices and principles to current events going on in the business world.
Q: Do you have any particular interest(s) within public relations?
A: My passion is agency public relations. I think it provides an environment to keep individuals motivated throughout their career. It is challenging, and yet it adds a work-life balance. Working hard and playing hard. You are constantly being challenged.
Raising a Reader MA Book Drive (March 2013)
PAN employees held a book drive to collect books for our charity of choice in 2012. Raising A Reader MA offers an evidence-based early literacy program that helps families of young children (ages 0-5) develop, practice, and maintain habits of reading together at home. Research shows that the single most significant factor influencing a child’s lifelong achievement is being regularly read to by their parents and adult caregivers before starting kindergarten. Raising a Reader MA included PAN in a blog post. Read here.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
Around four years ago, employee Emily Held’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At the time of his diagnosis the cancer was already aggressive and he was faced with a hard fought but short battle. Her father passed away in February of 2010 and that was the year her family started participating in Movember.
For her and her family, Movember is personal. It allows them to honor and remember their father, and use his life to help save the lives of others. It is so important for men to go to the doctor and get checked because knowledge is power in that situation. Team Big Al has raised over $6000 in the past two years and they’re looking to exceed that number this season!
JPMorgan Corporate Challenge
Fourteen PAN employees crossed the finish line at the 2012 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. The 3.5 mile race is run every year by 12,000 participants sponsored by their employers.
This year, the proceeds from the race went to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Horizons for Homeless Children organizations. PAN was proud to be a part of such a great event on a beautiful (and humid!) summer night. Of course, the proud runners celebrated their accomplishment with a beer at a local bar.
Boston Ruckus Challenge
PAN employees Ariel Burch, Marki Conway, Meghan Flannery and Matthew Briggs completed the 2012 Boston Ruckus Challenge together.
The 4-mile obstacle course, complete with a mud pool, proved challenging and fun for the adventurous team of 4. PAN’s team showed real camaraderie as they helped each other through the obstacle course to arrive at the finish line together!
In November 2012, 16 PAN employees kept PAN’s long-standing tradition of volunteering for Jamaica Plain based Community Servings, a non-profit organization that provides meals to local residents that are battling critical and chronic illnesses, and their families.
Each year, our dedicated employees arrive at CS bright and early ready to help out Community Servings’ staff with all things related to their yearly “Pie in the Sky” fundraiser.
Esperanza Academy’s Annual Shadow Day
PAN participated in Esperanza Academy’s Annual Shadow Day in April 2012. Esperanza Academy is a private, tuition-free middle school for socio-economically disadvantaged girls in Lawrence, Mass. Every year, local companies embrace the spirit of giving and host several Esperanza students in their offices to show them what it’s like to work in a particular field. In our case, we had the girls spend time with people in all departments of PAN and learn about the exciting world of PR. We capped the day off with a nice lunch at Bertucci’s in Faneuil Hall, which the girls loved!
PAN was able to give 150 kids a birthday party with their donation to Birthday Wishes during the holiday season in 2011.
Merrimack College’s 13th Annual Women’s Leadership Seminar
At Merrimack College’s 13th Annual Women’s Leadership Seminar, PAN Associate Marki Conway spoke on empowering women’s voices through social media channels. Conway spoke to a group of Merrimack female student and faculty leaders on the value of social media to advance women’s rights across the globe, define your leadership style and tips for promoting yourself and your cause through digital channels.