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ABOVE & BEYOND - Commitment Across The Country: In Cities Everywhere Guild Volunteers Are Going The Extra Mile

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 10, 2019

Whether trying to grow a chapter in Austin or focusing on job opportunities in LA, volunteers are continually working to enrich the experiences of their fellow PGA members.


Jennifer Hutchins was involved with the West Coast PGA before moving to Austin a few years ago. She says volunteering is a great way to make connections with super-busy powerhouse producers because she understands the axiom, “If you need something done, call the busiest person.” Jennifer volunteered for the second Produced By Conference, making calls and sending emails from Gale Anne Hurd’s office. She also remembers volunteering for a PGA Green event where she not only learned tricks and tips to go green but was able to connect with the other  volunteers. “We ate lunch together, shared war stories and are still friends.”


When work took Jennifer to Texas, she decided to reach out to the local PGA and was shocked there was no chapter in Austin, because she was meeting hundreds of qualified producers. “In the spring of 2018, I contacted PGA in Los Angeles and asked if they would like me to gauge local interest, and the response was an enthusiastic yes!” That was all she needed to hear to start organizing some PGA events. “In about six months we threw four mixers and a seminar, and had over 700 enthusiastic producers show up. Turns out there is a ton of interest in having the PGA in Austin. We are continuing to plan some cool stuff and build a leadership team. I’m excited to see where we are this time next year.”


When not volunteering, Jennifer produces nonfiction docuseries, and live and stage shows. She’s also produced four feature films.




Chris Pack is another volunteer with his ear to the membership. He has been passionate about the PGA since joining in 2008. He currently serves as one of the chairs of the Employment Committee. Chris views volunteering on committees and producing events as “opportunities to build relationships, and learn people’s strengths, skills and experiences, which help us to grow both personally and professionally. We are and can be part of the change in the global entertainment industry,” he adds, “starting with the work we are doing in and through the PGA. There are the seminars and workshops, the important and hard topics we wrestle with, mentoring and supporting each other, recruiting new PGA members from all backgrounds, and volunteering or serving as an employer at a PGA Job Forum. The work our teams are doing will impact the PGA, our membership and the industry, for years to come.”


Chris recently had a memorable experience while volunteering at a seminar organized by the Employment Committee West: Upgrade Your Resume & Enhance Your Interview Skills for 2019. One of the topics brought up was how PGA members are currently experiencing ageism. Chris is launching a series on ageism, while the Employment Committee recently joined a larger ongoing conversation with industry leaders and organizations on Senior Representation In the Media, hosted at SAG-AFTRA.


In addition to volunteering, Chris is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, educator and social entrepreneur.


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Heather R. Hollin says...
Posted 17 hours ago
Thank you for all you do Jennifer and Chris!!
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