As a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), I’m a big believer in the benefits that membership in the professional association that supports your profession can deliver. As the 2019 President for the Puget Sound chapter of PRSA, I worked to deliver those benefits to PRSA members in the Puget Sound and hope more professionals will join PRSA.

I also served as Chair of the 2018 PRSA North Pacific Conference in Seattle. This national level conference drew hundreds of mid and senior level professionals from major brands and organizations across nine West Coast states and some from the East Coast. With keynotes like Frank Shaw of Microsoft, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, Oliver Roll of Cisco and (then) Wired Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson as keynotes–along with more than 35 session speakers, the event was an amazing professional development experience.

I’m nationally Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and actively support professionals pursuing their accreditation in public relations; it’s a terrific learning process that can help take you to the next level in your career and we can all stand to learn something—right? I currently serve PRSA on the national Accreditation Marketing Committee (AMC), of which I’m a former committee Chair and led the 2014 teamwork on the 50th anniversary of the APR. I’m passionate to be an advocate of the benefits of accreditation.

If you’re interested in PRSA, or the local Puget Sound PRSA chapter, please contact me; I’d love to chat about PRSA, explain how membership can benefit your career and answer any questions. If you are considering the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) program, I’m equally passionate about that too and welcome a conversation. Or, if you just want to chat about PR and the latest buzz or trend, give me a ring. It’s my favorite subject and yes, I’ll buy the coffee.