PRSA International Conference Early-Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow

August 25, 2011

For Midwest District chapter members planning to attend this year’s PRSA International Conference, the deadline for early-bird registrations is tomorrow, Aug. 26, at midnight. Tomorrow also is the deadline to submit a name for the conference mascot for a chance to win a free registration.

Sign up now to save $200 on registration and visit the conference website for more information on the scheduled professional development sessions, networking opportunities, travel details and more.

Additionally, the Midwest District will be having a dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15, and a District breakfast meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16. All Assembly Delegates and conference attendees from the Midwest District’s 15 chapters are invited to attend. For more details, please contact Renee Robinson, district chair.

Listen up! Network. Get engaged.

August 24, 2011

It’s a new era for PR and marketing professionals. Learn from the best at the 2011 professional development conference presented by the Southwest Missouri chapter of PRSA. The conference will be held 8:30 am to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 S. JQ Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Mo.

Members of PRSA enjoy a discounted registration fee: $75 until Sept. 9. After that, the fee is $85. Register at

Speakers include David Grossman, APR, Fellow PRSA, and CEO of The Grossman Group, Chicago. He is one of America’s foremost authorities on communication and engagement inside organizations. Mike Koehler, president and chief strategist of Smirk New Media, Oklahoma City, will share new trends in online brand monitoring through social media. Etiquette for business professionals, online and in professional settings, is the topic for Sheri Hawkins, owner of 2balance, a Springfield (Mo.) PR and communications agency.

For more information, contact PRSA member Claire Faucett, or 417-862-5567. She is chair of the conference planning committee.

August District Council Call Scheduled for Wed., Aug. 24

August 23, 2011

The next PRSA Midwest District call will be Wed. Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. Central and we have a jam-packed agenda. In addition to the regular national, district and chapter updates, we also will discuss the proposed national dues increase. Philip Tate, PRSA treasurer, will join us for this discussion to address feedback and questions from chapter representatives.

Time permitting, we also will discuss the district’s plans at the 2011 Leadership Assembly, which will be Oct. 15 in Orlando, Fla. Plans include a Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning meeting for all Midwest chapter delegates and interested 2011 International Conference attendees.

Other agenda items include 2012 District conference planning, September and November affinity calls. Each Midwest District chapter is encouraged to have a representative on our monthly calls. Please contact Renee Robinson, Midwest District chair, if you need call-in information.