Fall APR Study Groups Ready to Begin

Have you been thinking about earning your accreditation in public relations? Concerned about taking the APR Examination? Not sure if you’re ready or experienced enough to start the process yet? Interested in learning more about the process and how becoming Accredited can help you achieve your professional goals? Now’s your chance!

PRSASCC is forming an accreditation prep group on Saturday mornings this fall. The four sessions will last two hours each and will take you through the ins-and-outs of preparations for the Readiness Review Panel and the written exam. Dates, times and locations will be finalized based on who plans to participate. If interested, contact chapter president Debra Bethard-Caplick at dcaplick@ameritech.net. Additional information is also available on the PRSA website at https://www.prsa.org/Learning/Accreditation/

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 https://www.docwinebarchicago.com/lombard/ 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 www.PRSAChicago.com 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

After Hours Meet Up in Glenview

Join PRSA Suburban Chicago for our next summer PR After Hours meet up May 24 at Moon Wok in Glenview and meet professional colleagues from the northern suburbs over dinner and drinks. Hosted by PRSA Suburban Chicago, PR After Hours is a chance to leave the computers and smart phones behind, relax and socialize with old and new friends in the Chicago area public relations community.

Moon Wok in Glenview is a favorite restaurant of professionals in the northern Chicago area. Moon Wok focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly, organic, local, fresh food.  Moon Wok uses only all natural ingredients in their freshly prepared dishes with a focus on using as much local, regional & organic foods as seasonally possible.

Visit www.moonwok.com for directions, and join us on Thursday, May 24th.

Moon Wok
5: 30 pm
1615 N. Milwaukee Ave


PRSA After Hours Meetup Goes Castilian March 29th at La Roca Tapas in Arlington Heights

Get out of the office and away from that computer! Our dining drama continues – PRSA Surburban Chicago is heading to Arlington Heights to check out the latest addition to the city’s dining scene, and we’re inviting our Chicago chapter colleagues to join us on our foodie adventures. PRSASCC’s PR After Hours is a series of casual meetups for PR professionals held periodically at different restaurants throughout the summer, and has evolved into an opportunity to try different cuisines in the oft overlooked suburban dining scene. In March, we’re checking out Castilian dining, at La Roca Tapas in Arlington Heights.

According to legend, the tapas cuisine began when King Alfonso X of Castile (Spain) recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine to customers unless it was accompanied by a small snack or “tapa.”

It’s also said the original tapas were the slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry.

Either way, tapas dining is a the perfect way to meet friends and colleagues – so come join us for our first PR After Hours of the year Thursday, March 29th, at La Roca Tapas, 6 S. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL. We start at 5:30 pm, and wrap up at 9 pm, for the tastes of Spain!

LinkedIn: More than Collecting Contacts! – March 13, 2012 Dinner Event

PRSA Suburban Chicago Presents: LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site on the internet. With over 135 million users, of which 55+million are in the United States, people use this network to connect with other professionals to build relationships, meet new contacts, search for jobs, and market themselves and their businesses. But diving into the virtual networking pool can be overwhelming, particularly when trying to figure out how to use LinkedIn to as part of your PR efforts.

Developed specifically for business professionals, LinkedIn is an great tool for getting introduced to other professionals, generate new contacts and promote your business. But how? At the March 13 chapter program, guest speaker Dee Reinhardt will provide a live demonstration of the most current tools, a drive-through of company pages, an explanation of why you should use signal, tag your contacts and how to embellish your personal profile to get noticed.

Social media guru Dee Reinhardt is the principal of her own company, Time2Mrkt, specializing in digital marketing. “Right-brained” is a good description of Dee Reinhardt. If it has to do with creativity, she is all about that. When social media advanced into the marketplace, Dee embraced it with a passion. Dee is a Type-A personality, energetic, gregarious, and extroverted, a planner and a leader. As a marketing coordinator for a workforce development agency, her “right-brain” kicked in with social media to help her develop new ways to reach out, new avenues to explore and new methods to exercise. Since LinkedIn is one of her passions, it is only natural that she shares her knowledge with the community, teaching LinkedIn sessions for business owners and community members.

You can find out more about Dee at www.linkedin.com/in/deereinhardt. So join us at the Sheraton Suites – Elk Grove Village on March 13th and register now to find out how to make the most out of LinkedIn.

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.