Pink is Power. In 2018, Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, is ready to tell her personal story through the Power of Pink: A Personal Story. As her company, Germinder + Associates celebrates its 20th anniversary, Germinder has her own personal celebration – passing the five year mark from breast cancer and a broken leg while continuing to lead a woman-owned business. Through a series of interviews, talks and giving back, Germinder hopes to encourage and celebrate others throughout the year.
Germinder is Founder & Publisher of Goodnewsforpets, a digital platform of Germinder + Associates. Germinder is a communications veteran and a longtime leader and advocate for promoting good news about veterinary medicine and accurate pet care information to the public. She continues to innovate and create amidst a changing media landscape. In 2017 she launched GNFP Digital to combine the power of Germinder’s communications expertise with Goodnewsforpets publishing expertise for both national brands and smaller organizations.
Germinder was an early proponent of the power of the Internet, beginning work in this area in 1995 with one of the first niche pet veterinary web sites, petdental.com for the iconic “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” campaign that she and her team also created. She has authored articles and delivered seminars, speeches and media appearances on both veterinary and pet-related issues to a wide variety of pet and vet audiences at domestic and international venues including the Veterinary Medicines Summit in Nice, France.
Germinder’s commitment to volunteerism focuses on her core passions: public relations, women’s issues and pets.
In public relations, Germinder has served at a national level as Director on the Public Relations Society of America Board and the Public Relations Society of America Foundation. She has served in numerous PRSA positions including PRSA New York chapter and Kansas City chapter president, Midwest District Chair, numerous committees and judging panels. She is an Accredited Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), one of the most prestigious honors of the public relations profession. Germinder is also a member of the PR Council, the Publicity Club and a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA).
Germinder’s work has been recognized by the PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, the American Animal Hospital Association Gold Key Award, the IABC Bronze Quill and dozens of local communications awards.
As a woman business owner, Germinder champions women’s issues through mentorship, membership and giving back. She has mentored interns, women from PRSA, her alma mater, the University of Dayton, and NY Women in Communications. She is a longstanding member of the national Women Presidents Organization. She has earned the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Kansas City Business Journal/Kauffman Foundation and an Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
Germinder is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers Association of America, Women in the Pet Industry Network and numerous veterinary organizations including Veterinary Partners and Veterinary Management Association Executives (VMAE).
To contact Lea-Ann Germinder, email her at Lgerminder@germinder.com, call at 917-334-8682, or send a tweet @lgerminder.