PRSA Puget Sound January Newsflash
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN 2021?
January 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
With the Biden Administration taking office, vaccines being distributed to millions, economic recovery on the horizon, and social justice issues demanding attention, how much progress will we actually make this year? Join a crack panel to start 2021 with predictions on what lies ahead. Roger Nyhus, CEO and President of Nyhus Communications, will lead the discussion with Alaska Airlines’ Diana Birkett Rakow, VP of External Relations, Dr. Guy Hudson, CEO of Swedish Health, and Chris Mefford, President and CEO of Community Constituents and Interim CEO, Economic Alliance Snohomish County.
2021 looks to be another year of great challenges, but also continued growth and hope. I’m honored to serve as your 2021 PRSA Puget Sound President and, along with a board full of brilliant communications professionals, I will connect with you, build an inclusive professional community and work hard to ensure the chapter is serving our members. To do that, we want to hear your voice – what you want to see in 2021, what skills you are hoping to develop and what ways you want to be more involved. Please share your thoughts via the 2021 Puget Sound Communicators Survey by Feb. 5.
This year may bring us back together in person again, but until then, count on impactful virtual programming and opportunities to network and connect. Count on continued dialogue and programming centered on equity, diversity and inclusion and intentional planning around whose stories we are sharing. Count on awards programs to celebrate your stellar work and a community that has your back.
Please connect and engage with us on our social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), watch for updates in NewsFlash and email me or any board member with questions. If you are interested in helping us, please reach out to join a committee, we’d love to have you. Volunteering is rewarding and one of the best ways to build your network.
2021 promises to be a year we won’t forget. I look forward to jumping in together.
Take care and mask up.
Amy Turner, APR
President, PRSA Puget Sound
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New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities
Consider giving back to your local PR community through a volunteer leadership role with PRSA Puget Sound. Volunteering is an opportunity to make an impact on your profession, meet new colleagues, learn from others, and have fun. If you're interested in any of the following positions, please contact Cassidy Davis at [email protected] or Amy Turner, APR at [email protected] for more information.
-Communications Event Liaison: Manages posting/registration of new events to PRSA Puget Sound website and coordinates with events committee on using PRSA Puget Sound owned and social media for promotion.
-Membership Chair: Oversees Chapter membership engagement and opportunities for growth.
-Scholarship Fund Manager: Provides oversight of scholarship fundraising and fund administration for the benefit of both Chapter funding awards.
-Totem Awards Chair: Manages awards entry solicitation and promotion and recognition of winners.
-Student Outreach Committee Liaison for PRSSA chapters: Connects PRSSA students to professional resources and provides guidance and mentorship. Currently seeking liaisons for Washington State University and Central Washington University.
You Can - and Should - Earn your APR in 2021
Now is the time, the best time, to earn your APR!
If you have worked in public relations for five years, you’re eligible!
And more than 60 APR members in the Puget Sound chapter are ready to give you support and mentoring. During the course, you will gain confidence and crucial knowledge as you use key information sources and materials and connect with fellow motivated members who are growing their careers, too.
Contact Michele M. Horaney APR, Puget Sound chapter APR chair, for more information at [email protected] and 510.330.9640.
New Year, New Intentions, New Conversations
As we embark upon 2021, with a renewed energy, the Puget Sound chapter is committed to being the archetype for impactful leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the communications profession. The new Diversity and Inclusion committee is focused on increasing the multicultural representation of the chapter as a means to elevate awareness of the significance and value of advocating for inclusion in the profession and organization. [Read More]
Independent Practitioners Alliance Book Club Starts Jan 21
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE PRSA INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER ALLIANCE? Check your email for information about the new Indie Book Club which starts via Zoom on January 21! Section Member Lauren Howe, who is based in Massachusetts, has created the club, and first up is "The Irresistible Consultant's Guide to Winning Clients," by David A. Fields. Group meets every third Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm PST.
Are you an independent practitioner? Not a member of the IP Alliance? Want to meet fellow independents, learn and share information to boost your work and success? Join now at PRSA.org.
Notes & Noteworthy
- The PRSA Puget Sound jobs board lists current openings and lists openings at multiple organizations including Tacoma Housing Authority, Washington State Department of Transportation and Philanthropy Northwest. Check to see if your next opportunity is listed here.
- JANUARY - FEBRUARY PROMO: FREE Chapter PLUS waived initiation or reinstatement fee for new and reinstating members joining National as a Regular member with code CHAPWINTER2021. Refer to http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin for details.
Welcome New and Returning Members
Megan J. Behrbaum, APR
Joe Gura, MS
Suzanne Hartman, APR, Fellow PRSA
Marilyn E. Hawkins, APR
David J. Kennedy, APR
William J. Seil, APR
Catherine Laura Sweeney, APR
Amy Turner, APR
Nicole Van Batenburg