CAREERS: Where I Work - Susan Urza, Senior account executive, Porter Novelli

How long have you been working there? Three years.

How long have you been working there? Three years.

How did you end up in your job? I studied business administration and marketing in college. I never really considered PR. My cousin worked for Brodeur (a division of Porter Novelli at the time, but has now become its own entity) in Phoenix, and recommended that I give Porter Novelli's Florida office a call.

I did, and here I am three years later.

Describe the physical space you work in I'm sure you've heard the term "glorified cube." That's my office. After my recent promotion, I made my case as to why I should have an office, or at least a door. It worked, sort of. I now have a cubicle with a door.

Who is the funniest person you work with? Me. No, really, I think I'm at least up there in the top five. I grew up around a wacky dad and it rubbed off on me. I think laughter not only makes you feel better, but it helps other people in the office. I don't mind making fun of myself to get a laugh. Life is too short, and PR is often very stressful. I am a great fan of answering office-wide e-mails with funny one-liners.

What is the best thing about working there? My coworkers. They are like my sisters. (We only have two men in our office.)

And the worst thing? The drive home. I live 45 minutes away. Having a stressful day at work makes for one angry driver on a long ride home.

What is the most exciting project you have worked on recently?

Procter & Gamble's Totalmente Latina Tour. The tour is made up of a forum, concert, and expo, all geared toward building confidence in Latina teens.

Being Hispanic, I felt very close to this program. Many Latina teens are facing a lot of peer pressure. Many suffer from low self-esteem. I think this program has really helped them love themselves and their heritage.

What is one thing about you that none of your coworkers know?

I used to spend my summers in Boise, ID, and I lived in Ohio when I was younger. Not very Hispanic, I know.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Running the world... ha, ha, ha. I'd like to head up PR for an animal shelter, humane society, or other animal-related account or institution.

Number of PR dept. employees: 11

Address: 800 Corporate Drive, Ste. 620, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone: (954) 745-3800


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