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ABOVE & BEYOND - A Learning Experience: The Rewards of Chairing the PGA Education Committee

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 11, 2019

Educational programming is one of the premium benefits of the Producers Guild. Seminars, master classes and salons are designed to provide our members with up-to-date information geared toward producers. Rebecca Graham Forde and Pam Keller are the current Co-chairs of the Education Committee (West). Both have been on multiple committees for several years. Amazing volunteers like them—giving their time, energy and expertise to fellow members—are the backbone of the Guild.

Rebecca Graham Forde has been a PGA member for 13 years. Her volunteerism has included the Diversity, International and Mentorship committees. She has also served as AP Council Chair and Vice Chair. “Serving as Co-Chair for the Education Committee with Pamela Keller has been an incredible opportunity to help shape and deliver educational programming for our entire membership,” says Rebecca. She goes on to explain that she always gets something out of volunteering, like making a new connection or learning new things about our business. Her best Guild experience has been the annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop, where she continues to be a mentor year after year. “It’s the best-kept secret in the business, and the people both on the committee and those who have passed through the workshop are some of the best people I’ve met.”

Our business is constantly changing, and Rebecca feels getting involved helps keep her on the cusp of what is new. She also believes there is a place for everyone to help out in the PGA. When she is not volunteering for the Guild, Rebecca is a “professional cat herder, plate spinner and wordsmith.” Currently she is the Co-EP on multiple series for Discovery Channel/Pilgrim Media group.

Pam Keller is another longtime member who has been very involved on the AP Council Board of Delegates for six years, last year as a Vice Chair. She also served on the National Board of Directors for four years. Previously Pam was the Chair of the Rough Cuts West Committee and served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Produced By Conference for many years. Pam volunteers because she wants to do whatever she can to “ensure inclusive, safe working environments” as well as “truth in credits" for the producing community. Pam believes it’s also a great way to network and help support the Guild. One of her most memorable PGA volunteer experiences was last year at the 2018 Produced By Conference, serving as a mentor at the Producers Mashup. “Vance asked me to participate and had kind words, calling it a full-circle experience since I worked the conference the first four years.” Pam is currently writing and developing her own projects as well as doing freelance production consulting.

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