Job Club: Second Meeting Saturday 9/29

View the PRSA SCC job club presentationPRSA Career Workshop
PRSA SCC Job Club presentation

Saturday September 29, 2012
12:00 pm
Glen Ellyn Park District
185 Spring Avenue

Looking for a job in public relations or marketing communication? Join us for our new Job Club meeting to support others looking for a new career in Public Relations, and get your job search fired up!

For questions, please contact Jose Villalobos at



A Conversation with the Chicago Cubs’ Kevin Saghy – September 11th Dinner Program

Kevin Saghy of the Chicago Cubs

Ever fantasize what it might be like to work for one of the most storied teams in Major League Baseball? The players, the fans, the excitement and promise of spring training. The buzz of the crowd, the sounds of the vendors hawking beer and hot dogs, interspersed with the crack of the bat and the cheers of the fans conspiring to deliver a perfect summer day at historic Wrigley Field.  From Evers, to Tinker, to Chance; to Ernie Banks and Billy Williams; from Ron Santo, Greg Maddux and Andre Dawson; to Bryan LaHair, Jeff Samardzija and Alfonso Soriano – the Cubs have created magical summers in Chicago for nearly 140 years.

Come spend an evening with Kevin Saghy, PR and marketing specialist with the Chicago Cubs, for an inside look at what it’s like to work in sports PR for one of the most loved franchises in professional sports. Kevin manages the club’s social media presence on outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Foursquare and Instagram.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Kevin worked as an account executive in the corporate practice of Ketchum, a global public relations agency named “Large Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report for 2009. Kevin was responsible for traditional and social media relations, writing, event promotion and influencer programs for a list of clients that included Best Buy’s Geek Squad, FedEx, Dyson, Kellogg Company, State Street Corp. and Ketchum’s visibility teams.

Kevin was recognized as the Young Professional Mentor of the Year by the Plank Centerfor Leadership in Public Relations in 2010. He also received PRSA Chicago’s Young Professional of the Year Award in 2009. He has been a member of several nationally recognized account teams, including PRWeek’s 2009 Business-to-Business Campaign of the Year for the launch of International Truck’s LoneStar semi truck, and Western Union’s PRSA Silver Anvil campaign for coordinating the company’s quarterly earnings and first ever investor day.

Kevin serves as an advisory board member for the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, co-chair of Champions for PRSSA, founding board member of the Ohio Northern Chicago Alumni Club and he volunteers for several Chicago-based and national PRSA committees. As a past national president of the student organization (PRSSA), he remains committed to initiatives that advance students in the public relations industry.

Join us Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm, at the Sheraton Suites in Elk Grove Village, 121 Northwest Point Boulevard at Arlington Heights Road. Networking starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Free on-site parking is available. Register before September 10th and be entered in a drawing to receive free Cubs souvenirs.

Free parking available.

Sheraton Suites – Elk Grove Village
121 Northwest Pointe Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Special Presentation by Social Media Expert Gini Dietrich, Tuesday, August 14th

Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich

As unbelievable as it is, August is actually here, which means the kids go back to school and we start the second half of our programming year. It’s time for PR professionals to sharpen our skills as well. This August, we’re starting things off with a special presentation: Nationally known PR & Social Marketing expert Gini Dietrich, Founder and CEO of Chicago-based integrated marketing communication firm Arment Dietrich, is the featured speaker at a special August program on the overwhelming amount of social media that PR professionals are expected to manage these days.

In addition to Arment Dietrich, Gini is the author of the PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, which is a 2012 Cision Top 100 Blog, the 2010 and 2011 Readers Choice Blog of the Year, a Top 42 Content Marketing Blog from Junta42, a top 10 social media blog from Social Media Examiner, and an AdAge Power 150 blog. She delivers numerous keynotes, panel discussions, coaching sessions, and workshops across North America andEuropeon the subject of using online technology in communication, marketing, sales, and HR.

One of the top rated communication professionals on the social networks, Gini was recently named the number one PR person, according to Klout and TechCrunch, on the channels, and number one on Twitter, according to TweetLevel. She also can be found writing at Crain’s Chicago Business and in various PR and marketing blogs and publications. She’s also found time in her busy schedule to co-author a new book, Marketing in the Round, with Geoff Livingston, on how to drive more value from all your marketing and communications channels- It’s all about getting results —and there’s only one way to get results, according to Gini and Geoff: “You must finally bite the bullet, tear down your silos, and integrate all your marketing and communications. That’s how you choose the best platforms and messages for each customer. That’s how you make research and metrics work. That’s how you overcome today’s insane levels of complexity and clutter” (

Don’t miss the chance to learn new skills that are essential in today’s PR world. Join us for this special one-time summer dinner Tuesday, August 14 at 6 pm, at the Sheraton Suites inElk Grove Village,121 Northwest Point BoulevardatArlington Heights Road. Networking starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the Social Media Boot Camp with Gini Dietrich at 6:30 p.m. Free on-site parking is available. Register before August 13th and be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of Gini’s new book.

Free parking available.

Sheraton Suites – Elk Grove Village
121 Northwest Pointe Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Also stay tuned for our other fall programs:

September: Kevin Saghy,ChicagoCubs and Co-Chair of Champions for PRSSA

October: Special Surprise Guest

November: National comedian and keynote speaker (and PR spouse) Rex Havens

Laissez les bons temps rouler! PR After Hours Goes Cajun August 23rd at Maple Tree Inn

Our popular PR After Hours goes Cajun on Thursday, August 23rd, with a short trip south to Blue Island to a little bit of Nawlins in the heart of the Midwest. Rated four out of five forks by WTTW’s popular Check Please! dining show, you can enjoy the tastes and sounds of the Big Easy. This Louisiana brassiere will make you experience new and old Cajun flavors alike. The bar boasts over twenty-six micro brews from around the country, an extensive wine cellar, and what President Debra Bethard-Caplick assures us are the best hurricanes this side of New Orleans. Continue reading Laissez les bons temps rouler! PR After Hours Goes Cajun August 23rd at Maple Tree Inn

July 26th PR After Hours Social — D.O.C. Wine Bar


Looking for an opportunity to network, but also enjoy wine fine and Italian cuisine?

Join PRSASCC as our PR After Hours culinary adventures continue on July 26 from 6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. at D.O.C. Wine Bar located in Lombard, at the Yorktown Shopping Center.

D.O.C. stands for “the Denominazione di Origine Controllata,” which is Italy’s equivalent to France’s appellation d’origine controlee.  Not only that, but D.O.C. Wine Bar believes drinking wine should be fun and their goal is to offer a large variety of wine spanning the globe without any of the factors that may cause intimidation or hinder your enjoyment.  Wine is the “nectar of the gods” and should be enjoyed by all, novices and connoisseurs alike.



D.O.C. Wine Bar is located at 326 Yorktown at the Shops in Butterfield. Hope to see you there!

Visit for more information.

June 21st PR After Hours Social – Two Brothers Brewpub

Get Out From Behind That Computer Screen and Join us June 21 at Two Brothers Brewpub in Warrenville! 

 Join us for PR after hours on June 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Two Brothers Brewing Co. Tap House in Warrenville, IL.

Meet with fellow public relations professionals after work for a brew and a good conversation. Unwind from your day, leave technology at work, and enjoy craft beer and fresh, house made cuisine complete organic meats. Continue reading June 21st PR After Hours Social – Two Brothers Brewpub

PRSA Midwest Conference July 18-21, Hosted by PRSA Chicago

PRSASCC Hosting Informal Happy Hour at the John Hancock Tower 

 Register by June 15th to Save $25!

Come join us in Chicago this July to network, learn and meet other professionals from across the Midwest.

PRSA Chicago is partnering with the 15 other Midwest PRSA chapters to offer two days full of vital, educational sessions on July 19 and 20. The programs feature industry experts from leading brands and organizations across a variety of public relations disciplines, including digital and traditional media, crisis and issues management, consumer packaged goods, politics and more.

Top public relations experts will take part in panels and discussion throughout the two days. Speakers during this conference include:  Al Golin, founder of Golin Harris, Antonio Hernandez, corporate communications executive for ComEd and Andy Shaw, president and chief executive officer for Better Government Association.

PRSASCC Hosts Happy Hour at the Hancock Tower

Aside from educational sessions there are also a variety of different activities like cocktail hours and a good amount of breakfast and lunch networking opportunities to keep everything exciting. PRSASCC will be hosting an informal Happy Hour on Wednesday evening, July 18th, at the Signature Room Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower at 6 pm.

If you register by June 15 you save $25 with a fee of only $175, however, registration after June 15 is $200.

PRSA QuickStart Program

The PRSA Midwest District is offering a new program, PRSA QuickStart, on Wednesday, July 18, from 12:00 pm to 5:15 p.m. This is designed to help current and future PRSA leaders navigate the organization and prepare for their leadership role. The half-day QuickStart session is designed to build upon the Leadership Rally, which PRSA National offers for incoming chapter presidents, by providing a hands-on orientation into how to lead a chapter, and to give future chapter officers opportunities to share ideas and network with other incoming leaders from the District’s 15 chapters. Sign up for QuickStart when you register for the conference. A separate registration of $50 is required.

Visit for more information and to register for this event.

Comedian Rex Havens to Keynote Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

20 Years and Counting….

It started 20 years ago as the Greater O’Hare chapter – suburban PR professionals who couldn’t spare time to from their busy schedules during the day to attend the downtown PRSA luncheons. Now as the PRSA Suburban Chicago marks our 20th year of dedication, growth, and learning within the suburban public relations community, we’re celebrating all we have achieved, and looking forward to what’s to come.

Join us in our year-long celebration as we remember the past and honor

those who helped made our chapter a success. We have a special celebration taking place on November 13th, keynoted by professional comedian, former college professor and spouse of a PR professional, Rex Havens.

Rex takes the very heart of the world around each of us, applies his own gentle combination of logic, bemusement and insanity, and offers it back to his audience in a way that is engaging, thoughtful and hilarious. Rex has always believed that laughter is the best defense against a confusing and challenging world.  Rex’s take on marriage and family has propelled him to performances in all 50 states and around the world, including London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Bermuda, Montreal, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Aruba, Rome and Cannes.

PRSASCC Presents: Finding News for Your Company When There Isn’t Any – June 12th Program

What do you do when there isn’t any news?

It’s challenging enough to get coverage for your company or client when you have actual newsworthy events happening. Every PR professional has hit a dry spell, when there just isn’t anything newsworthy happening with your company or client, yet you need to maintain your presence in the public discussion.  But what do you do when you hit that dry spell? You need something to talk about – but what? How do you find newsworthy information when there’s nothing much happening?

Join us at our Tuesday, June 12th program and learn how to find or develop news that’s useful and interesting when there just isn’t any with Chicago PR agency president Tom Ciesielka.

Tom Ciesielka

Tom Ciesielka, President of TC Public Relations, has worked in public relations, marketing and business development for more than 25 years and enjoys working with clients ranging from law firms to national and local companies. In its service to the legal community TC Public Relations has handled publicity for litigation cases, medical malpractice cases, government disputes, civil rights and free speech cases. Tom has secured media placements for his clients in outlets such as: CNN, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today and Good Morning America. He has worked directly with such household names as Verizon Wireless, Disney Television and Yale University Press.

Prior to starting his agency, Ciesielka was the marketing director for the Museum of Broadcast Communications, where he produced and promoted exhibitions on the development of American soap operas, rock & roll music on television and Walt Disney’s innovations in broadcasting.  Visitors to Tom’s office are often privy to his “inanimate” audience of Simpson’s collectibles, classic robots and hand-crafted toys.

In the more than 20 years helping businesses, organizations and individuals with their public relations, Tom has had the opportunity to observe some blunders along the way and some PR stunts that, “make me laugh and angry.” The intersection between comedy and tragedy inspired him to start his blog, PRforLaughs.

Join us for dinner Tuesday, June 12th – Register Now.

Free parking available onsite:
Sheraton Suites -Elk Grove Village
121 Northwest Point Boulevard at Arlington Heights Road 


  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner/Program Follows