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Welcome to 2020!

Welcome to 2020! As we enter a new year, and new adventures, PRSA Puget Sound is here to help develop your skills, your networks, and your enthusiasm for the work we do.

I am excited to serve as chapter president this year, especially as we transition into a new decade of challenges and opportunities.

A century ago, our industry was still considered new and often linked to propaganda and spin. Today, I’m proud to be part of a profession that has built strong commitments to both ethics and strategy. We’re here to represent our organizations, and we’re also here to champion truth, facts, and the public’s best interest. Our Code of Ethics makes me proud, and our Accreditation in Public Relations and professional development opportunities empower us to be better.

As we start this new decade, I urge each of us to take a moment to reflect on three areas:

  1. What are you doing in your work to advance the ethics of public relations, and make sure your work is rooted in truth and facts and the public good?

  2. What are you doing to grow yourself as a professional, whether new to the industry, a master level pro, or the many levels in between?

  3. How are you taking care of yourself, and your community?

Challenging ourselves to be intentional with both personal and professional growth is important, and your 2020 PRSA Puget Sound board members are here to help connect you with opportunities.

Here are some of the upcoming events and professional development opportunities planned so far:

  • Jan. 21, 5:30-8 p.m. at Weber Shandwick in Seattle: New Year, New You – A workshop with PR pro and health coach Mark Mohammadpour, APR, who teaches about life balance and stress-fighting techniques tailored to the communications professional. Snacks and beverages included.

  • Jan. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. at Matriarch Lounge in Tacoma – Swipe Right on PRSA – Join the South Sound Group for this casual social networking event.

  • Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. in Seattle’s Post Alley – It’s No Joke! PR Pros Learn Improv sponsored by The Fearey Group – Join your fellow pros in this Unexpected Productions workshop to learn how to think quicker on your feet during business meetings. Includes a beverage and heavy appetizers catered by the Alibi Room.

  • Feb. 13, 8-9 a.m., KNKX in Tacoma – South Sound Media Landscape at KNKX Tour – Check out this public radio station’s new digs in downtown Tacoma while getting insight into the evolving South Sound media landscape.

  • March 22-23, San Francisco – North Pacific District PRSA Conference

Did you know PRSA membership also gets you access to multiple webinars every month, for free? Check out our webinar opportunities and other member benefits!

If you’re interested in learning more about PRSA offerings or getting more involved, I’d love to help connect you with opportunities. I can be reached at alicia.lawver /at/ gmail.com or 253.973.3772.

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