Pam’s ingenuity and guts earned her respect from clients and co-workers, and her approach to education made her a powerful mentor for WE employees looking to grow in their careers. Her skills earned her accolades across the industry: Woman Executive of the Year from the Portland Business Journal, the 50 Most Powerful Women in PR and 100 Most Influential PR People of the 20th Century from PRWeek. After her death in 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame.
But it’s her mentorship and dedication to learning that stick with WE today. “She believed in education,” Melissa says. Pam donated extensively to public schools in Vancouver, Washington, and to the University of Minnesota. In 2010, she joined the Board of Directors of The LAGRANT Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, mentorships, professional development and support for ethnic minorities pursuing advertising, marketing and public relations careers. She spoke about business and communication issues in venues such as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and others.