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COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT - An Affection For Connection: The PGA's Events Committee Wants To Nurture The Social Side of Professional Life

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 10, 2018

For this issue’s Committee Spotlight, Produced By spoke with Karen Covell and Joe Morabito, Chairs of the PGA Events Committee on the west coast.

What made you decide to take on the challenge of chairing the Events Committee? 

We both love to gather people to network and have fun, and we feel that the PGA members need more chances to meet one another and have more fun, since we all work too hard. We love it when an event brings people together to celebrate community, family and creativity, so we have added new events like going to the Nethercutt Museum, visiting the King Tut Exhibit and even attending plays at the Pasadena Playhouse, along with our annual parties, Morning Mixers, Thirsty Thursdays, On The Lot Lunches and much more.

What benefit will the events committee provide for members? And are there any benefits that might surprise our members?

The events allow our members to meet other members on a more personal level, like at our annual Holiday Party. There are also parties on big nights in the industry like the Oscars and Emmys Viewing Parties. PGA members can connect over a drink at Thirsty Thursdays, go to a Dodgers game together and even include their families at a private reception before watching a play. It not only gives us a release to enjoy our time off but also builds professional relationships in casual and fun settings. This is actually a more important benefit of the Guild than most people recognize.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available to members on the Events Committee?

We always need volunteers to assist before, during and after the events, to help us find donations and sponsors and—most of all—venues for all of our events. We work on very small budgets, so the prowess of producers is a tremendous benefit. We want creative members not only to help us with our annual events but to dream with us in coming up with new events to offer our members!

What are the long-range goals of the committee? 

We want more PGA members involved as Co-Chairs for events, as well as leaders to take on finding sponsors and create new gatherings. We hope to have more events during the year to encourage families to get involved, and we want to celebrate the faithful volunteers by throwing a THANK YOU party for them. All of these gatherings are building our PGA community and we want more of that!

What upcoming events might surprise us? 

Our 2018 Holiday Party is going to blow people away. We have had it at the Luxe for the past 15 years, and this year we have broken the mold and are having a sit-down dinner with dancing and entertainment at the Skirball Center, all with a Great Gatsby theme. It will be fabulous! We are also offering greatly discounted tickets to a performance of Ragtime at the Pasadena Playhouse for PGA members and their families, including a reception in their beautiful and historic library before the show.

How are the upcoming events going to help producers face new challenges in the industry?

They will be less stressed because they have taken time to build friendships, laugh, relax and expand their creativity through the events that we offer.

Do you have any advice for producers trying to maximize their success in the business?

We believe that producers have to focus more on the whole person - vocationally, personally, emotionally and intellectually. So, we want to offer our members different venues, opportunities and experiences than our fellow PGA committees do. We encourage producers to build and grow every part of themselves. Coming to events is the perfect way to start!

Committee Spotlight is published in conjunction with the Producers Guild’s AP Council.
There are many exciting opportunities on PGA committees that can bolster your career. Don’t miss out!

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