Meeting/Event Information

YPN Workshop: Lessons From a Global Pandemic


When: Tue., Apr. 13, 2021; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual Webinar


Chicago chapter member: FREE
Student: FREE
member: $5 (Proceeds will support the Young Professionals Network)


It’s been one year since the start of COVID-19, and the global pandemic has impacted all industries. On April 13, 2021, PRSA Chicago’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) will pull together a panel of communications experts in healthcare, agency, and academics to discuss how COVID-19 has changed how we communicate, lessons learned from the pandemic, and how it has changed the communications landscape. Leading experts will give expert advice on seeking employment during the pandemic, skills set which are critical during this time, ways to improve your skills set, and take time for self-care.


Joseph Tateoka
Vice President, Talent Director | Edelman

Joseph Tateoka is a vice president, talent director at Edelman in Chicago. Tateoka started his more than eight-year tenure with Edelman as a client lead on the B2B Corporate Technology team and in 2019 he made a shift to the Talent team, first in talent acquisition and then as a talent partner.

In his current role, he supports the employee experience as a HR Business Partner to practice leadership and employees to support career pathing, talent mapping, performance management, coaching, and employee relations. Additionally, Tateoka is the HR lead for the office’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, onboarding and the Edelman Mentor Program. He also leads the office’s citizenship team (pro bono, volunteerism and sustainability), facilitates Learning & Development programing, and supports internal communications initiatives (i.e., Return to Office).

Tateoka is an adjunct professor at DePaul University’s College of Communications (since January 2016) and serves as member of the College’s Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC). He is currently serving as a Board of Director, co-chairing the membership committee for the Chicago PRSA Chapter.

Kim Waterman
Media Relations Manager | Northwestern Medicine

With 20 years of experience in healthcare communications, Kim has worked extensively with local and national media. Before her position as Manager of Media Relations at Northwestern Medicine, Waterman held management positions at Rush University Medical Center, Advocate Health Care, and ATI Physical Therapy. A broadcast journalism graduate from the University of Illinois, Kim began her career as a news reporter working at various radio stations, including WLS-AM and WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

Dr. Toya Webb, Ed.D.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer | Elgin Community College

Toya Webb is a seasoned, award-winning marketing and communications executive, certified life coach, and TEDx speaker. As a skilled Harvard University-trained crisis manager, she currently serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Elgin Community College, where she oversees five departments; marketing, communications, content and creative services, web services, and production and print services.

With more then 20 years of experience, she is a recipient of numerous awards, including the YWCA Leadership Award in Communications and Technology, an honoree of the Kane County Chronicle “Best Under 40” class. Dr. Webb is nationally recognized by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) as a mover and shaker.

In addition to her role as chair of the PRSA Chicago Ethics Committee, she serves as the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ District 3 Director and is a member of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Lorna Wong
Executive Director, Communications and Content Strategy | UChicago Medicine

Lorna Wong oversees media relations, executive and internal communications, content creation and strategy, and publications at the University of Chicago Medicine. With more than three decades of communications-related experience, Wong works closely with the organization's top leaders to elevate and promote the brand and reputation of UChicago Medicine. She helps to develop strategies that integrate organizational priorities to target audiences using paid, owned, shared/social and earned media tactics. 

Questions? Please contact Jen Beshansky and Deb Song, YPN Committee Co-chairs at [email protected].

Program Details


$0.00 Chicago Chapter Member: FREE

$0.00 Student: FREE

$5.00 Non-member: $5 (Proceeds to support the Young Professionals Network)

All ticket sales are final. Substitutions may be made at any time.

April 13, 2021
5:30 PM CDT - 6:30 PM CDT

Live Webinar