Heather Harder, 2014–2015 National President, will graduate from Elon University in December 2014 with a bachelor of arts in strategic communications. She has a double minor in creative writing and business administration.
Harder joined the Elon PRSSA Chapter the first semester of her freshman year and became secretary her sophomore year. She served as Chapter president her junior year and helped the Chapter grow from 60 to 100 members. Elon PRSSA has won a Pacesetter Chapter Recognition and Star Chapter Award.
Prior to her term as National President, Harder served on the 2013–2014 National Committee as vice president of member services. Her responsibilities included promoting membership benefits, connecting with Affiliate members and coordinating the PRSSA 2014 Day-of Competition with client Warner Bros. Television.
Harder has held three internships—most recently, a public and government affairs internship at the ExxonMobil headquarters in Irving, Texas. She previously served as Elon Student Government Association public relations chair.
When she is not pursuing her passion for public relations, Harder enjoys running, watching television with her roommates and going to baseball games. She also enjoys fishing, hiking and swimming in Lake Coeur d’Alene with her family in North Idaho
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