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2019 QuickStart Registration |Open Now through August 30

The East Central District of PRSA is offering its annual QuickStart Leadership Conference Friday, September 13 – Saturday, September 14 in Columbus, Ohio at the offices of Fahlgren Mortine. QuickStart is a one-day conference that gives ECD chapter leaders an opportunity to ask questions and learn from each other before assuming leadership positions in upcoming years. In an effort to help develop our student leaders, we will also be inviting ECD PRSSA chapter presidents to this event to show a clear line to leadership roles within PRSA. This year’s theme: Future Facing is a nod to developing future leaders of PRSA through both PRSA chapter leadership and PRSSA chapter leadership. 

If you are already familiar with QuickStart and want to skip straight to the registration details here they are – if you need a little more convincing then please read on – we have some good stuff below: 

Registration and Payment Deadline: August 30, 2019

Location: Fahlgren Mortine ▪ 4030 Easton Station, Suite 300 ▪ Columbus, OH

Hotel: Courtyard Columbus Easton ▪ 3900 Morse Crossing ▪ Columbus, OH

Conference Schedule/Social Sharing: https://www.facebook.com/events/622995591499275/

Conference Registration: https://forms.gle/XmWWbrGHAJrcXRoH6

More Fabulous Details: 

QuickStart is FREE to ONE chapter leader (the first 10 registrants *one offer per chapter* will receive a $150 travel scholarship, which can help offset hotel or gas costs) – after that, the cost is just $50 per PRSA member, $40 per PRSSA member (hotel and travel separate). Registration link is here: https://forms.gle/6MQNqzQH6wSz5sZe7 

The 2019 conference, will feature the topics of: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; How to Build, Train, Manage, and Maintain an Inclusive Board; Being Deliberate: Diversity & Inclusion in PRSA Chapters; The State of Advocacy Organizations; Diversity and Inclusion Efforts at PRSSA Level: Recruiting and Maintaining Millennial & Gen Z; and What if we created a PR, social media, influencer relations and executive thought leadership program for our PRSA Chapters?

In addition to being able to engage with leaders from our district’s 17 PRSA chapters, we have the honor of hosting prominent guests from PRSA national in the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Educators Academy, Membership, and more! Our full schedule can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/622995591499275/  – don’t forget to share our FB event!!

Still not convinced?? 

We start with happy hour!! The fun begins with a cash bar happy hour networking event at Bar Louie on Friday, September 13, from 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m – heavy apps co-hosted by our friends from the Central Ohio Chapter. 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. 

You can get those APR credits!! APRs can claim two (2) maintenance credits for participation in the conference. Always a bonus!

This is totally walkable! All events are held in the Easton Town Center in Columbus. Hotel reservations can be made through our room block at the Courtyard Columbus Easton either online here, or by calling the hotel directly at: 614-416-8000; or if you prefer, contact Marriott Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 directly. 

The nitty gritty: 

Please note: it is important to make your hotel reservations before September 6, 2019. After this date, the hotel cannot guarantee availability of rooms in our block. Courtyard Columbus Easton is conveniently located within walking distance of Bar Louie and Fahlgren Mortine office, where the QuickStart conference will be held. Please check the room policies for all matters hotel related.

Register and remit QuickStart payment by Friday, August 30, 2019. Late registrations will be considered on an individual basis based on venue capacity. This is a great opportunity to prepare you and your chapter for a successful 2020!  If you know who your chapter president is for 2020 or have other chapter leaders who may be interested, please forward this email to them.

Please message Adrienne Wallace, 2019 QuickStart chair at: adrienneAwallace@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The value of PRSA Leadership


By Nancy Wiser, APR, Fellow PRSA

There I was, a youngish professional from a small city, sitting as an equal with some of the nation’s PR elites. It was an eye-opening experience to serve on the PRSA Board of Directors, the PRSA Foundation and related committees. Together we made decisions regarding policies, professional development requirements, future leadership and other issues of the day.

How did I get there? Was I connected or an extremely talented person? While I like to think so, the truth is I was there because I raised my hand and volunteered to play a leadership role in our association repeatedly through the years.

Service takes time, but it’s a worthwhile investment. I sometimes wonder about professionals who say they don’t have the time or money to be involved with a professional organization. I paid my own dues and monthly luncheon fees for the first 10 years that I was a member even though I worked for non-profits and didn’t make a lot of money. My first leadership position was chapter secretary. Step by step I progressed through every officer position in the chapter, then each East Central District position. Year after year I gained experience and contacts.

That’s when I received a call that PRSA needed to fill the unexpired term of Don Durocher. Don was a highly respected and beloved ECD member from Detroit, so these were big shoes to fill. Someone on the Board had recognized my service and nominated me for the seat. Fortunately, Tom Preston, APR, Fellow, PRSA, for whom I was then working, was all for it. He agreed to give me the time and pay the expenses for me to serve.

So, what’s the payoff of spending your personal and professional time this way? The benefits I experienced fit into several categories:

Gaining visibility: Had I wanted to move to a bigger market, I could easily leverage my relationships with renowned leaders such as Patrick Jackson, John Beardsley and John Paluszek. You may or may not recognize those names, but they were leaders worth knowing and emulating. John L. Paluszek continues to serve the profession as Senior Counsel at Ketchum.

Learning from peers: We tackled tough issues on the board and it was illuminating to see how others approached problem-solving and communication. In addition, I could get their input on issues I was grappling with.

Camaraderie: I grew very close to a few of the board members I served with. We had fun spending time in different cities where the meetings were held. It’s been many years, but I still have fond memories of them and the good meals and laughs we shared.

Having a say: As communicators, we want to have input into our professional association, so it can be meaningful to consider the challenges and opportunities, offer solutions and then work together for the best possible decision. Leadership gave me experience in doing this and made me value my membership more than those who have no idea what goes into association management.

Recognition is not something I usually seek, but I must admit it feels good when it comes along. The East Central District recently noted my years of service with the 2015 Platinum Award. It wasn’t until I looked at the completed nomination form that I realized how many roles I’d played over the past 36 years. Ironically, the award is given in honor of Don Durocher, whose seat on the national board I’d filled.

Hands down, leadership in PRSA has helped me grow as a professional and gain confidence. I know that there are thousands of my peers I can call on and many of them are my friends. What a great return on my small investment!

Nancy Wiser, APR, Fellow, PRSA, is president of Wiser Strategies in Lexington, Ky. Nancy is a member of the Thoroughbred Chapter and the Counselor’s Academy.

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