I just addressed a group of about 100 public relations college students and Summer interns. In the session, we spoke about their dreams, hopes and futures in the business. When I asked what was keeping them up at night, almost all of the young women pointed to Lizzie Grubman and PoweRGirls, the MTV reality show about a group of female PR party planners. Young industry professionals are outraged that Grubman and her party planning cohorts have become the standard bearers of the PR world. The group I met with today see themselves as being light years away from the vacuous, starstruck, one dimensional types portrayed on the show. And they’re right. Public relations today is a far-flung, sophisticated industry that provides a wide range of services, from crisis counseling and issues advocacy to marketing support and employee communications. It’s a shame that bright, young professionals just entering the field have to routinely deflect such banal questions as: "oh, so you do parties?"