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Kara Kessener

Vice President of Professional Development

Kara Kessener is your friendly neighborhood fourth-year PR student and PRSSA member since Fall 2017. Her collegiate accolades, other than PRSSA, include holding national, state and regional speech & debate awards and publishing an award-winning speech in a communications college textbook.

To escape from her busy schedule, Kessener enjoy baking cakes, traveling and going to Disneyland. Her recent favorite trips include relaxing in Cancun, camping at the Grand Canyon and gallivanting around New York City.

With her 12+ years of experience in public speaking and live events, she is thrilled to bring her ideas to fruition during the bi-weekly panels. Find Kessener at the next event! Good ice breakers include anything Disney, theatre, books, or Journey. Invite her to sushi and you will be instant friends.


  • Grammy Awards
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Democratic election rallies
  • West Coast presidential visits
  • Women in Film Awards
  • National Charity League nonprofits events

Favorite Quotes:

“Try not! Do or do not, there is not try.” -Yoda

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” -Aristotle

“A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire.” -Corneille