MARGOT DIMOND, APR
Margot has 35 years of experience providing public relations and marketing communications to businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has worked at two international public relations firms, getting her start at The Rowland Company in New York City and later serving as a Vice President for the Houston office of Edelman. Margot has also worked as Director of News and Media Relations at Rice University and Director of Corporate Communications for Laubach Literacy International (now Proliteracy Worldwide), among other positions. Her media experience runs the gamut from targeted feature pitches to specialized publications to large media events involving dozens of journalists from around the world. An accredited member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Margot taught public relations as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston. She has served on the board of directors of PR Boutiques International, a worldwide network of public relations firms, and in an advisor capacity for two nonprofit organizations, including Sight into Sound (formerly Taping for the Blind) and Genesis Works, which helps inner-city high school students succeed as corporate technology professionals. Margot has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Louisville. She was named the 2012 Public Relations Professional of the Year by Houston PRSA and received the organization’s prestigious Legacy Award for her lifetime contribution to the chapter, the community and the profession in 2015.
LISA DIMOND VASQUEZ, APR
Lisa was a radio and television broadcast journalist for 11 years, beginning in Abilene, Texas, and moving to New Orleans, then Baton Rouge, where she covered the state legislature for Louisiana Network, a radio news network with 85 subscriber stations. In Houston, Lisa worked for six years as a reporter and anchor at KTRH-AM Radio, regularly covering breaking news stories for the Associated Press, CBS, ABC and BBC radio networks. During that period, she was able to take time off to travel around the world. After leaving the news media, Lisa worked as a chief of staff for two Houston City Council Members and a Congresswoman. In each position, she was responsible for handling all news media. Lisa has an extensive knowledge of media audience interests, and her media background is invaluable in developing clear and concise ways to communicate technical messages to the news media and the general public. Lisa, an accredited member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, currently represents the chapter as an elected member of the national assembly. She is an alumna of Leadership Houston and has served on several non-profit boards, including the Devereux Texas Advisory Board. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston.