Happy New Year From PRSA Suburban Chicago!

Bring on the New Year!

Don’t let the winter vacation we took from meetings and events let you forget about what’s to come in 2012. We’ve got presentations lined up for a number of topics featuring speakers from agencies, associations, corporations and more.

For the ever-changing world of social media where there are always new things to learn, we have Dee Reinhardt of Time2Mrkt scheduled to speak about new changes LinkedIn is making to its popular site and how that will affect the ways we reach users. And if said users are in other parts of the world, you can apply what you’ll learn from Mary Ubrina’s presentation on international public relations. Mary, of Clearly Write LLC, is involved with attracting audiences from all over the world to the annual International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago and will share her knowledge over our usual three course meal. The Internet has made us all international companies, whether we intended to be or not, so this is a program not to be missed.

Other speakers come from all walks of the profession. Ron Culp, formerly the head of Ketchum’s Corporate Practice in North America, will join us at one of our meetings this year. But Ron is just one of two PR pros with a history at Ketchum.  Whether your cap is blue, black or red, Kevin Saghy of the Chicago Cubs will be providing a behind the scenes look at sports PR you’ve probably wondered about while tuned in to watch your favorite baseball team. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Don Lipton will also be joining us for a meeting this year to address association and nonprofit public relations, as well as Gini Dietrich of Arment Dietrich, famous for her “SpinSucks” blog and for being an ambassador of the famous #HAPPO hashtag on Twitter.

In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, we’ll be keeping up with our After Hours socials. Though not officially a Suburban Chicago event, the Midwest District Conference will be happening in July, something we should all have on our calendars. And to top it off, we’ll be celebrating our chapter’s 20th Anniversary with a major party on November 13.

But there’s still room for more! Do you have any suggestions? Any speakers you know who would like to present for us? Comment below, or email dcaplick@quicksilveredge.com.

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