Today's blog comes from Rachel Weiss, our development colleague, who is the Assistant Director of Development for Young Leadership & Donor Relations.
Wednesday night the Young Friends Division of the Museum held a networking event for public relations and marketing professionals with Howard J. Rubenstein, a true pioneer of the PR industry. The reception and remarks were held in Rubenstein’s executive offices and the night started off with a scrumptious reception for attendees where they had the opportunity to mingle with each other and Mr. Rubenstein.
A leader in his own right, Mr. Rubenstein offered the Young Friends some pearls of wisdom about how to be successful in the industry (love what you do, stay positive, and listen to advice – even if you don’t take it). He described several turning points in his career and his “inside baseball” experiences with NY Yankees Owner, George Steinbrenner, who has been a client of Mr. Rubenstein for an astonishing nearly 30 years. Quite remarkable when you think about Mr. Steinbrenner’s history of hiring, firing (and sometimes re-hiring) his executives and staff. Mr. Rubenstein also mentioned that forming relationships with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former NY Governor Mario Cuomo were life- changing events that opened many doors for him. He stressed that building and maintaining relationships throughout one’s life is important in any business and you never know when a relationship can turn into a business opportunity.
Particularly interesting was Rubenstein’s perspective on how crisis management is of the utmost importance, and how that age-old saying “honesty is the best policy” still holds true. Rubenstein pointed to the recent debacle that Tiger Woods got himself into with numerous allegations of philandering, and his seeming lack of response and inability to “come clean”. Rubenstein told attendees that he always insists on his clients telling him the truth and that no amount of “spin factor” can wash away a tarnished reputation without a bit of fessing up to the deeds done.
Our recent networking event is just one type of program that the Young Friends offer throughout the year. Fun holiday parties, educational events about our latest ground-breaking special exhibits, and more, so check it out! Next up is our Annual Purim Party on February 24th at La Pomme (37 W. 26th Street) and it’s sure to be a festive night, so save the date and come celebrate with us!