Working in Total Chaos, Leaning In, Leaning On and Finding your Why!

Three years ago, a book called Lean In by Facebook’s Cheryl Sandberg became the hottest read in business publications. “Lean in” became synonymous with leadership, particularly for women – but what is it, exactly? Lisa Wagner has lived it in the worlds of politics and fundraising.

Join us Tuesday, October 11, for a compelling presentation on working in total chaos and leaning in, leaning on and finding your” why” with Lisa Wagner, as she will talk about her career in politics and how she thrived in total chaos – especially when a few of her clients blew up – and how she learned to lean in on others and found her “why” along the way. Register at…

She is the founder of Lisa Wagner and Company, a fundraising solutions, project and event management company that provides a wide range of services including board and staff retreats and training, research, networking instruction, individual philanthropic audits, grant writing, and overall strategic planning services. Her company spearheads complex fundraising programs and major events of all kinds, including but not limited to presidential events, capital campaign events, galas, book tours, rallies and sporting events.

DOC Wine Bar Lombard
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
326 Yorktown Centre
Lombard, Illinois 60148

Networking 6 pm
Dinner & Program 6:30 pm

October 11, 2016


The Next Level of Leadership – PRSA Suburban Chicago Chapter Elections

As a member of the PRSA Suburban Chicago Chapter, do you think it is time to expand your horizons and become more involved?

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? What about taking your career to the next level? Building your management skills? If you feel you have what it takes to lead a team of professionals, you should consider running for a chapter leadership position for the coming year.

PRSA ElectionsWith a leadership role, there will be endless opportunities at your feet. You have the chance to develop your leadership skills as a chapter officer or committee chair. Don’t think you’re too young for a leadership role, because these positions help you develop your management skills, as more established members are looking to pass on the skills they have learned over a lifetime of professional practice.

If you’ve ever sat in a chapter meeting, thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could……” now is your chance to seize this opportunity.  Available positions include:

  • President
  • President-elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Assembly delegate (a three-year term)
  • Director (a three-year term)
  • Ethics chair

Responsibilities for the secretary and the treasurer last for one year, whereas the Assembly delegate, director, president-elect positions extend for three. The president-elect automatically becomes the president, and then subsequently immediate past president/elections committee chair, at the end of the year. Due to unusual circumstances, we have slots for both president and president-elect available for next year.

The following chair positions are also available, but don’t require election to the position:

  • Membership chair
  • Public relations/social media chair
  • Programming chair
  • Student relations chair
  • Diversity chair
  • Advocacy chair
  • District Liaison chair
  • Accreditation chair
  • Awards chair
  • Young Professionals Liaison  chair

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Carl Alston, immediate past president and chair, elections committee,, by September 30, 2016. Ballots will be due November 30th  to Or you can vote electronically when ballots are emailed out this fall.

If you’d like to know more, but don’t want to commit just yet, join the chapter for an end-of-summer cookout, hosted by chapter president Debra Bethard-Caplick. All food and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Debra at email

Let’s talk about “5 Simple Ways to Build Measurement and Analytics Competence”

in a special panel discussion June 14th

Confirmed Panelists include –

Pauline Draper-Watts

Pauline Draper-Watts

Pauline Draper-Watts has been with Edelman since early 2012 and leads the global measurement and analytics practice. Her expertise extends into examining the contribution of social media, publicity and PR to the overall health of a brand, linking media analysis to other research and integrating it with additional metrics. She provides strategic counsel to clients and colleagues alike.

One of the thought leaders in the industry, she has presented at conferences for PRSA, IABC, the Institute for Public Relations, (IPR), the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC) and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) in addition to speaking at client conferences, leading workshops and guest lecturing for academic institutions. She has been inducted into the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame.

Pauline is a past Chair for the IPR’s Commission on Public Relations Measurement & Evaluation which exists to develop and promote standards and methods for public relations research, measurement and analytics that contribute to ethical, strategic and effective public relations. In this role she worked with AMEC, the Global Alliance, the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO) and the PRSA to craft the “Barcelona Declaration of Measurement Principles” and contributed to the 2015 update to 2.0. She is active with AMEC, serves on the PRSA Research Committee and judges various awards in addition to being published.

Prior to joining Edelman, Pauline has had a wealth of communications measurement and research experience. She co-founded Precis, one of the early media research and analysis companies. When this was acquired by Millward Brown, she moved from the UK to the US to establish the US division and develop greater insights by integrating news and social media with more traditional market research.


Rajul Jain, Ph.D.,
Dr. Jain, is an assistant professor of public relations at DePaul University in Chicago where she teaches courses in PR strategy, international public relations, and measurement and data analytics. She is also a senior manager of predictive analytics at Ketchum counseling clients on measurement and analytics solutions. She holds a Ph.D. in mass communications, an M.A. in international business, and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Florida.


D.O.C. Wine Bar
326 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Networking starts at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
with the panel discussion program following.

Non-members are always welcome!


Let’s Get Social at Nando’s Peri-Peri in Naperville!

US-Nandos logoSummer is nearly here, so let’s put the “social” back in social! Ditch the phones and computers, kick back and get social with Chicago area PR people at Nando’s Peri-Peri May 26th in downtown Naperville!

Join us after work on Thursday, May 26th and celebrate the start of summer with a taste of South Africa’s famous peri-peri sauce at Nando’s Peri Peri in downtown Naperville. The fun runs from 6 pm – 8:30 pm. or later. Free parking is available in the municipal garage at 43 W. Van Buren garage, and in a decked lot just east of the restaurant on Jefferson.

Come out and bring a friend or colleague! We’ll be upstairs – just come out and ask for PRSA. No tickets, dinner is on your own, how much or how little you want.

Map to Nando’s:


Our next PRSASCC meeting is June 14 –

Join us at

D.O.C. Wine Bar
326 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Networking starts at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
with the guest speaker program following.

Non-members are always welcome!

Join PRSASCC April 12 – Didn’t See That Coming: How Ingenuity and Resourcefulness Saved A Near Media Relations Disaster

When effective media outreach leads to strong interest from the local television news, life is good. Prep your spokesperson with key messages …meet the reporter and camera crew at the interview location …simple enough, right?

Then the unexpected happens.

Learn how two savvy public relations professionals remained calm and flexible during a most unusual situation. See how quickly providing critical resources to a news team helped turn a near disaster into a lead story on the 5:00pm evening news.

Plan to our attend the next PRSASCC meeting on Tuesday, April 12th

Didn’t See That Coming: How Ingenuity and Resourcefulness Saved A Near Media Relations Disaster

With Special Guests:

Susan Stoga, Principal
Carson-Stoga Communications

As a principal and co-founder of Carson Stoga Communications, Susan Stoga brings more than 25 years’ experience in brand marketing and communication strategy to her suburban

Chicago-basusan-stogased public relations and social media consulting firm. Susan’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, national associations and franchisers. For the past 10 years, Susan has served as strategic counsel for numerous firms seeking to utilize the media to convey their brand messages.



Tom Jackson, APR
Tom Jackson Public Relations

Tom is the principal of Tom Jackson Public Relations, a Naperville-based PR agency providing public relations services and marketing communications to clients. Tom recently started his own agency after 23 ytom-jackson-APRears leading communications within the nonprofit sector. Tom specializes in integrated digital campaigns, helping clients build their brand through digital storytelling, video marketing and social media strategy. Tom’s recent clients include retail, e-commerce and nonprofits.


DOC Wine Bar
326 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Networking starts at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
with the guest speaker program following.

Non-members are always welcome!


April 12th is Our Next PRSASCC Chapter Meeting

Plan to our attend the next PRSASCC meeting on Tuesday, April 12th

DOC Wine Bar
326 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Additional details will be posted as soon as possible.

Networking starts at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm
with the guest speaker program following.

Non-members are always welcome!

Authentic Connection with Alex Ott

Alexandria OttPRSASCC had an exciting evening of networking and learning with our special guest

Alexandria Ott
Founder & CEO

Chrome City

Over the past decade, Alex has worked as a writer and PR consultant for a number of brands and businesses in hospitality, lifestyle, and government. In 2014, she started Chrome City as the result of her desire to tell a deeper story on behalf of her clients. Chrome City is a catalyst for Chicago creatives to connect with like-minded brands and audiences. As communication leads to community, Chrome City’s mission is to provide strategies that create a shift in our current culture by finding new and innovative ways to connect, think and understand.

D.O.C. Wine Bar
326 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Networking starts at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm
and the program following.

$35.00 for PRSASCC members
$40.00 for non-members
$25.00 for PRSSA students
$30.00 for Retired members


Year End Holiday Party Featuring a Conversation with Chicago Sky’s Lauren Niemiera

November 3rd – PRSASCC’s Year End Holiday Party!Christmas Party

Ready or not, fall is here and the start of holiday season is right around the corner. Traditionally, our chapter’s November meeting has been our year-ending holiday party. This year, we are moving our normal, second Tuesday of the month event one week earlier, to accommodate the PRSA International Conference in Atlanta during the second week of November. We have a fantastic speaker scheduled, some great awards to hand out, door prizes and our annual Toys for Tots campaign that even, so be sure to join us!

Featured Speaker:

Lauren Niemiera
Media & Communications Coordinator

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6 pm Networking, 6:30 pm dinner
D.O.C. Wine Bar
326 Yorktowne Center
Lombard, IL 60148

$35 Members, $45 Non-Members, $25 Students, $30 Retired Members
Ticket includes dinner and program