My name is Bethany Grace Parry. I am a young PR professional in Springfield, Mo. I graduated from Missouri State University in May 2012 with a degree in Public Relations and Spanish. I am currently the Person in Charge of Getting the Word Out at Askinosie Chocolate and a Social Media Strategist with Engage5W.
During my time at Missouri State, I interned at the Urban Districts Alliance in downtown Springfield, Mo., Convoy of Hope, an international non-profit organization, and Ozarks Food Harvest, a food bank serving 29 counties in Southwest Missouri. I also worked part time as a Marketing Assistant at Balance Fitness Studio and as a Barista at The Coffee Ethic.
I adore the specialty food industry including coffee and chocolate. Growing up my mother owned a coffee shop in Cape Girardeau, Mo., so working at The Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield just made sense. I absolutely loved my job from making the coffee to conversing with all the customers. I also enjoy educating others on coffee ethical practices and quality coffee brewing, so it was a natural progression for me to take my first PR job at a world-renowned chocolate factory looking to change the world.
My passion beyond my job and my education lies in culture and fighting poverty around the world. I hope one day to work in an international non-profit organization like Coffee Kids, World Vision or Rainbow Network. I often like to refer to “The Platinum Rule”, coined by Milton Bennett: “Do unto others as they would have done unto themselves”. Being culturally aware in today’s society is very important to me.
I was also involved on campus as well. I served as the Vice President of PRSSA, which involves handling a lot of the society’s communication. I was also an active member of Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society, and the Event Coordinator chair. Lastly, I participated in the Distinction in Public Affairs Project. My group researched ways to better integrate International Students with native students on campus in efforts to create a more diverse community and started the group organization iPals.
Lastly, I am also an avid blogger. I have one other blog, www.coffeeculturecommunity.blogspot.com, and recently helped launch Balance Fitness Studio’s blog. I have also blogged for Ozarks News Journal under the byline “Coffeegirl”. I look forward to sharing this journey with you as we explore the social media and public relations together.