2012 Western District Conference Slated for March 12-13 in Denver

February 3, 2012

If you’re in the western side of our Midwest District, you might be interested in what the Colorado Chapter and our Western District neighbors are offering. The 2012 Western District Conference will be held in Denver on March 12-13. The conference theme is “Champion Creativity” and includes this keynote line up:

  • Carl Kassell, NPR – Getting Creative with the News: Using Humor to Illuminate Truth
  • Dan Schur, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC – The 2012 Campaign: An Overview for PR Professionals
  • Rob Biesenbach, PR Pro, Author and Actor – Act Like You Mean Business

Now is the time to register for the “Early Birds, Not Angry Birds” rate of $195. Register by Feb. 10 and save $55.

Interested? Learn more online at 2012 Western District Conference.

Midwest District Launching Speakers’ Bureau

August 31, 2010

To assist the Midwest District chapters in identifying and securing speakers for their various programming needs, we are launching a District-wide speakers’ bureau. For those interested in becoming a Midwest District speaker, please fill out the attached form. We will contact you within 30 days to let you know if you have been selected as a Midwest District speaker and we will post information on all of our selected speakers on this site.

 PRSA Midwest District Speakers Bureau Application

We look forward to hearing from you!

Northeast Wisconsin Chapter to Host 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting Oct. 26

August 26, 2010

Peter Shankman Event

Peter Shankman Event Details

Event will feature Peter Shankman, founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO)

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Public Relations Society of America will hold its 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting featuring PR Celebrity Peter Shankman at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, at Brett Favre Steakhouse, Green Bay, WI. The event is open to all communication professionals.

Shankman’s 90-minute speech will focus on how companies, agencies and others can use social media to generate revenue.

Shankman is a former journalist, turned public relations professional, turned entrepreneur who is recognized worldwide for his new ways of thinking about social media, public relations, marketing, advertising, creativity and customer service. He is most well-known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO), which connects thousands of journalists to sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media. According to his website, HARO is currently the largest free source repository in the world, sending out more than 1,200 queries from worldwide media each week. HARO’s tagline, “Everyone is an Expert at Something,” proves over and over again to be true, as thousands of new members join at helpareporter.com each week. The site currently connects 102,829 active sources with 29,478 journalists.

Shankman is also the founder of The Geek Factory, a boutique Marketing and PR Strategy firm located in New York City. Peter is the author of “Can We Do That? Outrageous PR Stunts That Work — and Why Your Company Needs Them” (Wiley and Sons 2006) and a keynote speaker at events worldwide including The Affiliate Summit, South By Southwest, The Public Relations Society of America, The International Association of Business Communicators, Mobile Marketing Asia, and the Direct Marketing Association. He was also named one of PR Week Magazine’s “30 under 30 to Watch”.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Shankman Presentation
  • 4:30 p.m.: Q&A & Networking
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner, 10th Anniversary Celebration and 1st Annual Premier Awards

Fee and registration information is available at the PRSA-Northeast Wisconsin website!

The first annual PRSA Northeast Wisconsin PRemier Awards will recognize the exceptional practice of public relations by professionals throughout Northeast Wisconsin. For more information or to submit an entry, visit: www. prsanewis.org/awards.php.

PRSA Announces 2011 Board Candidates

June 23, 2009

PRSA announced the leaders who submitted applications for PRSA National leadership to the 2010 Nominating Committee for review and consideration at its July 30 – Aug. 1 meeting in Chicago.  

Midwest District leaders who submitted applications for the 2011 Board of Directors include: 

Rose M. McKinney, APR
Risdall McKinney Public Relations
New Brighton, MN

Debra D. Peterson, APR
Manager, External Communications and Community Relations
Overland Park, KS

PRSA members are encouraged to send candidate insights and comments via e-mail to the 2010 Nominating Committee at nomcomm@prsa.org or mail the letter to PRSA, Attn: Nominating Committee, 33 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038. The deadline for submitting comment letters on behalf of candidates is Monday, July 12, 2010.

For more information, please visit the PRSA website.

District Revitalization

June 9, 2009

Public Relations Society of America

The Public Relations Society of America’s Midwest District is reemerging and we’d love for leaders from all of the chapters within our District to be involved.

Within the PRSA structure, a district’s key role is to support chapter leaders and assist them in making chapters organizationally effective. The secondary role is to serve as a route for leadership between the chapter and national levels. Strong districts are important elements in chapter success and provide a vital link between the local and national organizations.

Many districts offer professional and leadership development at a regional and local level that complement national programs. These can include district conferences, leadership training, and other programs that help improve organization effectiveness, support the society’s mission and further enhance the value of PRSA membership.

If you are interested in helping shape the district’s future, please let us know.