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.

2017 Kicks off With a Free Personal Branding Webinar

The NBPRS Chapters of Detroit and Chicago want you to join us for our first programs of 2017.


Register for this FREE webinar and put yourself on a path toward the career advancement you desire.

Whether your end goal is the top of the corporate ladder or thriving as a business owner, your personal brand is instrumental to your success.  In this power packed one-hour session, attendees will get tips and exercises on how to identify your brand, strengthen it, and manage it like a top-tier client.


Pam Perry (@pamperry), PR Coach and Award-winning Communications Professional.

Kaplan Mobray (@kaplanmobray), Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker and Career Consultant.

Raschanda Hall (@raschandahall), President of BPRS Chicago and Director of Global Media Relations for Business Wire, A Berkshire Hathaway Company.

Excited about the webinar but need some insight right now? Check out these great investments you can make in yourself with resources from our speakers:

10ks-pbThe 10ks of Personal Branding, Kaplan Mobray  – Learn how to focus your life’s goals with your life’s actions to create a powerful package called “you.” This book is filled with easy-to-follow instructions and valuable tips on developing your personal brand.  Get life-changing tips, advice for professional advancement, clarify your career focus, and tools to “own” your career!

pam-perry-mentoring-sm600Pam Perry Mentoring Program. Get 6 months of mentoring from Pam Perry. Build your platform, get your message out to the masses, get maximum exposure, and increase sales.


BPRS June Enterainment PR Panel and Membership Meeting

Download the Meeting Agenda and Committee Details

UPDATED:  6/16/2016


When: June, 16, 2016
–NEW LOCATION —Where: Columbia College, 618 S. Michigan Ave, Stage #2
Time: 6-8 pm

Our speakers will include:

Dionne Williams (@dwilliamspr), D. Williams PR Group (moderator)
Tyra Martin (@TyraMartin), senior segment producer, WGN TV
Christina Steed (@CCSteed), executive vice president, Flowers Communications Group
Micaeh Johnson (@CarteBlanchePwr), publicist, Carte Blanche Ltd

If you have ever thought about working in entertainment PR, event planning or securing celebrity endorsements you will not want to miss our program. Our panelists are ready to give you the inside scoop on how to succeed, dispel industry misconceptions, and tell you the difference between a publicist and a PR consultant.


In addition to a great panel this is our Annual Membership Meeting so it’s FREE. We want to hear from you. Tell us what’s working, what’s not and what you want from your membership. You will hear all about our future plans for the year and get details on committees and Junior Board opportunities. Our Success is YOUR Success.  Iron sharpens iron. Let’s do this together.

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:


BPRS Chicago Webinar Helps PR Entrepreneurs Thrive

by Raschanda Hall, Vice-President of BPRS Chicago


If you missed our webinar on “Surviving the Early Years as an Independent PR Consulant,” you may want to stop what you’re doing now and watch it. Tip: Just complete the registration process to access the recording.

You can also check out this Storify for a brief recap and download the slides from our speakers.

If you’re not a member of BPRS Chicago, or if it’s time to renew, do it today. More great programming is right around the corner and we want you to join us.

May Program: Surviving The Early Years as an Independent PR Consultant

Wednesday, May 20th
Noon – 1:15 PM CT


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Launching your own business and surviving the early years as an independent PR or social media consultant is no easy task. Our panel participants represent varying lengths of experience. Whether you are thinking about starting your own firm, have recently started your own firm, or are tying to figure out how to expand your business there is something here for everyone.

Join us. Ask questions. Grow and learn.

Here are a few things we will discuss:

  • Things to do in the first six months
  • Best practices for pricing your services and getting paid
  • Managing cash flow(or the lack thereof ) and the sales cycle
  • Finding clients and dropping clients
  • When to hire, when to partner, and when to just say no
  • Resource favorites of successful PR independents

Wynona Redmond, President, Wyn-Wyn Communications

Alonzo Brown (@zotheshowhost)
President/CEO, GoodCompany

Tammy Belton-Davis (@tammyathena)
Principal Consultant, Athena Communications, LLC

Jerry Thomas (@jerrythomaspr)
Founder and President, Jerry Thomas Public Relations


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