BPRS Annual Membership Runs Thru April 30th

Programming, networking, advocacy, and access – that’s what you’ll get when you join BPRS Chicago.  When you join or renew between now and April 30th you’ll receive all the benefits of memberships at up to 30% off the regular price.  So join today.

Chicago’s Fast Tracking Millennials in PR

BPRS Chicago invites you to join us for a panel with Chicago’s Fast Tracking Millennials in PR, marketing, and communications.When: February 28th, 2017
Where: Early Society, 77 W Wacker, Chicago IL
Time: 6-8 pmregisternowOur panel is talking careers, misconceptions, and driving change in an industry struggling with diversity on every level. If you’re looking for motivation, advice, inspiration, and real-talk you need to be part of this discussion.Are you thinking I’m not a millennial so this isn’t for me? Think again! There is a lot that veteran professionals can learn from millennials, but there is an even bigger need for the two groups to come together to impact our future visibility in this industry.  We want you in the room and hope to see you there.Our speakers include:L’Oreal Payton (@LTintheCity) – Media Relations Manager, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
Brian J. Packer, M.A. (@BPack2) – Account Supervisor, Flowers Communications Group
Martina L. Smith (@MartinaLSmith) – Marketing Manager, The Alumni Society & Founder, Social PixPod
Paul M. Patterson (@MrPaulPR) – Marketing and Communications Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, American Bar Association
Kiera S. Ellis (@KieraEllis) – Deputy Press Secretary, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

$20 Members (All 2016 memberships expired Dec 31st, 2016)
$30 Non-Members
$15 Students

Not a member of BPRS Chicago yet, or need to renew? Do it today!  Reminder: All previous local memberships expired Dec 31, 2016.

By becoming a member you’ll get the best rates at our full line-up of programming for the entire year.

The Secrets of Career Growth







By Tamara Foster

Last week I attended a panel hosted by the Black Public Relations Society of Chicago. The panel was titled, “Making the Right Strategic Moves for your Career.”  When you make the decision to go to college, you think that growing professionally happens naturally and in a linear, progressive path.  That was my expectation for my career at least.  After experiencing much indecisiveness, road blocks and speed bumps, it was refreshing to learn from the panel that every day can be a day of career revival as long as you have the right attitude, control and are equipped with necessary tools to navigate career opportunities and hurdles. The panel shared several nuggets that I refer to as the secrets of career growth but the two that resonated with me the most were – number 1, you need advocates and number 2, ask for what you want.


Life can get you down and so can the day to day responsibilities of your position. On some days you may hear more negative feedback than positive and this can take a toll. To keep your career energy up, you need advocates. You need a career team. You need a team of people who will give you honest feedback yet build you up, make you feel good and help you take advantage of those pivot points in your career. Advocates will help you see the silver lining and when it’s time to take advantage of career opportunities, they’ll advocate for you.

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When people are overlooked for opportunities, we often think it is favoritism (which it could be, don’t get me wrong) or a complete injustice for whatever the reason. In reality, the person who is being recognized or promoted more than likely walks into that situation asking and expecting it. They often times demand it.  If you want or need something, you must ask for it. Ask confidently. Be intentional. Take control of your career.

Additional golden topics discussed were the value of your network, how to effectively develop and manage relationships and how to position yourself for your career goals; very valuable information. Unfortunately, I can’t share them all so I recommend that you stay committed to your growth through education, events and networking such as attending professional events like this one.

“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Unknown

Watch the BPRS calendar of events and educational opportunities listed on www.bprschicago.org. Stay connected and follow BPRS on Twitter and Facebook.

Making the Right Strategic Moves for Your Career


 Wednesday, April 20th
5:30 – 7:30 pm
DePaul University – Daley Building
247 S. State
LL 102
Chicago, IL 60601

Whether you are weighing a choice between two job opportunities, deciding whether to strike out on your own, or considering if you need to change careers all together, there will come a time when most of us may find ourselves at a professional fork in the road. BPRS Chicago invites you all to join us for a panel discussion that will tackle things like:

How long should I stay in one position? At one employer?
Do I want to work in a PR agency or in-house with a company or organization?
How do you know if you’re ready to start your own agency?
How can I stay attractive to recruiters?
How do I ask for a raise?
Is it ok to quit a job without one? When?
When is it time to stop doing paid internships?

Members – $20
Non-Members – $30
Students – $10
Still not a member?  Join BPRS Chicago today and starting benefiting from our discounts and access to great content!

A good decision is an informed decision. Our panelists will tackle these questions and many more in an effort to help you learn as much about the various opportunities in PR and share insight on how their decisions have impacted their career paths. Our speakers will include:


MODERATOR AND PROGRAM SPONSOR – Tina Carroll Dugas, Sr. Associate – Bloom, Gross & Associates, Inc





Clarissa Beyah-Taylor, Global Communications Leader – GE Transportation





Travis Kessel, Vice President of Recruitment – Edelman Chicago





Melody Thuston, Manager,Connector – Golin




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Jetta Bates Vasilatos, Managing Director – Twist Global




This panel is sponsored by: