2017 PRSA ECD QuickStart Leadership Conference: Elevating the Profession

elevating the profession

Are you taking on a leadership position in your PRSA chapter in 2018? If so, mark your calendars for the annual QuickStart Leadership Conference, being held on Saturday, Sept. 30, in Columbus, Ohio at the Fahlgren Mortine offices in Easton Town Center.

FREE to two chapter leaders, this one-day conference will give you tips and best practices on chapter planning, ethics and diversity and membership, among other topics, and offers a chance to talk with your peers from among our district’s 17 PRSA chapters.

The first 10 registrants will receive a $150 travel scholarship this year, which can offset hotel or gas costs (one per chapter).  This is a great opportunity to prepare you and your chapter to help Elevate the Profession in 2018!

The fun begins with an optional happy hour networking event at Bar Louie on Friday, September 29, from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. The Central Ohio PRSA chapter and ECD have joined together to provide heavy appetizers.

On Saturday, the one-day conference kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. We’ll wrap up and have you on your way no later than 4 p.m.

To register:
If no payment is required, please complete the attached form and email it to [email protected].
If payment is required, please complete the attached form and mail it with payment to:
Andrea Clark, APR, East Central District Chair-Elect
P.O. Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360-0604

To reserve your hotel room:

All reservations will be made individually either online, or by calling the Hotel or Marriott Reservations directly. Please note that it is important to make your reservations before 9/8/17. After this date, the hotel cannot guarantee availability of rooms.  Courtyard Columbus Easton is conveniently located within walking distance of Bar Louie and Fahlgren Mortine.

  • A valid credit card number will be taken at the time of booking to secure each reservation.
  • Individuals canceling reservations after 6 PM on day prior to arrival will result in the charge of first night’s room and tax.
  • Guest check in is 3:00 P.M.  Guest check out is 12 noon.  Requests for late checkouts should be directed to the Front Office the morning of departure.

Convenient Reservation Options

    1. Booking Online – Click/enter www.marriott.com/cmhce  to go to the website for the Courtyard Columbus Easton. Enter the dates and the following code specific for your group PRSPRSA into the box labeled “Group Code”
    2. Contact the hotel directly at 614-416-8000 and book your room using the “Group Code” PRSC for our front desk agent.
    3. Call Marriott Reservations Toll Free at 1-888-236-2427

Elevating the Profession
Location: Fahlgren Mortine ▪ 4030 Easton Station, Suite 300 ▪ Columbus, OH
Hotel: Courtyard Columbus Easton ▪ 3900 Morse Crossing ▪ Columbus, OH

FRIDAY, September 29
• 1 to 5 p.m.—ECD board meeting @ Fahlgren Mortine offices (ECD Board members only)

• 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
o Happy Hour: PRSA ECD QuickStart, hosted by PRSA Central Ohio (Everyone!)
 Bar Louie at Easton
 NOTE:  Heavy appetizers provided; all attendees on own for beverages

SATURDAY, September 30
o 7:30 to 8 a.m. Good morning! Continental breakfast open

o Welcome and Introductions
o Andrea Clark, APR, chair elect, ECD

o PRSA East Central District Overview
o Gretchen Fri, APR, chair, ECD

o PRSA National update and overview
o Jill Alexander, Fellow PRSA, PRSA Regional Representative

o Strategic Planning and Chapter Operations – Erin Rolfes, APR, Cincinnati

o The Evolution of PR, Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, Chair, PRSA

o Recruiting & Retaining Members PANEL DISCUSSION (over lunch)
PRSA ECD Facilitator: Andrea Clark, APR, President Elect-ECD
 Emily Kibling, Hoosier
 Erin Maggied, Central Ohio
 Ed Stevens, NW PA

o “Great Programming = A Strong Chapter”
 Holly Prather, Bluegrass – via Skype

o Leveraging Social to Engage Members & Elevate the Profession
 Tim Long, Pittsburgh
 Angela Bennett, Akron

o Diversity & Ethics – Tom O’Connell, Detroit

o “Show Me the Money” – Chapter Sponsorships & Fundraising Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Jennifer Flowers-Kolf, APR, PRSA East Central District Board Member (Detroit chapter member)