Monday, January 2, 2012

March Program and Luncheon

Lessons Learned from Communicating in a Crisis: Staying Calm when the Earth Shakes Your Workplace Apart

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Pettit, Superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members.
Location: H&A Architects & Engineers | Click here to view map

Register: Click here to register by February 28

Dr. Deborah Pettit Superintendent of Louisa County Public Schools, will share some of the challenges she faced after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the little town of Mineral and made two schools completely unusable. As the central spokesperson for the crisis, she had to provide ongoing information on a timely basis to a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Pettit will give tips about how to handle crisis communications and how to deal with local and national news as well as other media sources.

We’ll learn:
• If she followed a crisis communication plan or whether she had to wing it
• Her support system for getting information
• Her role in helping the county come together quickly to resolve a bad situation

About Our Speaker:

Throughout her educational career, Dr. Pettit has served as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, central office administrator, and now the Division Superintendent for the past five years. She received a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Doctorate in Instruction from The University of Virginia and has served as an adjunct professor for UVA as well.

It is Dr. Pettit’s goal as Superintendent to support teachers and staff as they provide a world class education for our students. In efforts to maintain a close relationship with the school’s staff members, Dr. Pettit personally makes a weekly visit to each school, takes pictures of students and teachers at work, and then sends a letter by email about those visits. She also shares these experiences with her local community by posting the same information, along with a slide show, on the school division website. In addition, it is Dr. Pettit’s joy to attend as many school events as possible, so that she can get to know the families whom the local school system serves.

One of Dr. Pettit’s greatest pleasures in life is spending time with her grandchildren – Moriah, age 9 and Mack, age 4.


Mark your calendars! Join us for our upcoming programs on April 5, May 3 and June 7.

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