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ABOVE & BEYOND - Find Your People: PGA Service Is The Secret To Making The Most Of Your Membership

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

Volunteers are the backbone of the Producers Guild. Events, seminars and master classes are provided by member volunteers, all of them working producers who believe in the Guild and want to give back. To whatever degree we can, we want to acknowledge and honor volunteers who represent some of the unsung heroes of the PGA.    

Longtime volunteer Karyn Benkendorfer has been a member for about 14 years, serving the PGA at various times as the Chair of the PGA West Documentary/Non-Fiction Committee and the Co-Chair of the Power of Diversity Master Workshop, and acting as a Workshop mentor since the program’s inception. She is currently a member of the Education and Employment committees as well as WIN (Women’s Impact Network). Karyn continues to volunteer because, she says, “Being part of the committees has exposed me to many different people and countless opportunities. It’s not just finding out what [members] do, but knowing who they are.” Some of Karyn’s most memorable experiences in the PGA include her work as a mentor to Workshop participants, and she maintains fond memories of helping families fulfill their dreams via PGA Green Habitat for Humanity builds. When she is not volunteering for the Guild, Karyn is a producer and writer in non-fiction programming, approaching her stories with the same passion she brings to her Guild service.

Lynn Hylden joined the PGA while living in Los Angeles and then, as she says, “Ten minutes later I moved to Atlanta.” Down south she is an integral part of the Guild’s growing Atlanta chapter. Lynn currently serves as a member of the AP Council Board of Delegates and on the Guild’s National Board of the Directors. “Honestly I believe that the more we put into the world, the more the world delivers back to us,” she tells Produced By. “By stepping up and doing something that benefits more than just me, I feel like I can give a little back to this profession that gives so much to us.” Lynn recalls a memorable PGA moment from the time after she was elected as an AP Council delegate. Coming out to Los Angeles to a welcome gathering, she realized she had “found her people” among the other Board members and volunteers. It’s proved to be a great way to connect and meet colleagues, exchanging ideas that can help the Atlanta chapter and the Guild as a whole. “Volunteering is a great way to explore and expand your skillset by taking on challenges that push you outside your comfort zone in a relatively risk-free environment,” she observes. “It’s a really easy way to discover something new that you didn’t realize you were good at and explore it further.” When Lynn isn’t volunteering, she has primarily worked on scripted series and MOW’s while in Atlanta, after transitioning from the world of reality TV production management while living in LA. She is also the proud mom of a young child, a full-time job in itself! Our sincerest thanks to both Karyn and Lynn.Their dedication is a big part of what makes this organization as special as it is.

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