Next Wave Mentoring Spotlight: Sara Hunt and Meg Irvin

PRSA members with five or less years of public relations experience can participate in the chapter’s Next Wave Mentoring program, in which junior practitioners are paired with mentors to meet periodically to discuss industry insights, career paths and more.

FullSizeRenderSara Hunt, an independent practitioner who also serves as PRSA Richmond’s chapter administrator and Meg Irvin, who works at The Hodges Partnership and also serves as the chapter’s chair of individual awards, were paired in the mentorship program in 2012. Now in their fifth year together, they have managed to meet every month for lunch or dinner.

“The mentoring program has been such a great benefit of PRSA membership for me,” said Irvin. “I’ve learned a lot from meeting with Sara in the past few years, and it’s really been a great opportunity!”

Sara said that while her role was originally that of the “mentor,” the relationship has grown to one that allows her to learn a lot from her “mentee.”

“She’s such a smart, savvy, fearless PR practitioner who is full of creative ideas for pitching media in order to get outstanding publicity results for her clients,” Hunt said. “She has inspired me in so many ways, and I always look forward to my monthly meetings with Meg. The chapter’s mentorship program has helped me to become a better PR practitioner and to keep pace with our ever-changing profession.”

If you’re interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, contact Abby Nurnberger at or (757) 532-3306.

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