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.

#PowerPR: NBPRS Conference Success

The 2016 NBPRS conference was a success.  Two full days of networking, programming and community advocacy.

PR practitioners from around the country joined us for this year’s conference held at the MidAmerica Club in downtown Chicago October 27-28th.

In the words of our organization’s National President, Neil Foote, “We learned. We networked. We laughed.”  If you missed out here’s a chance to take a social look back at #PowerPR: Playing to Win.   Then be sure to reach out to your local chapter leadership and get involved.  We’d love to have your help planning our next event.


BPRS, ColorComm and HPRA Come Together for Holiday Mixer

On December 8th BPRS Chicago invites you to celebrate the holidays with us and our newest industry friends. We have teamed up with the Chicago chapters of ColorComm and the Hispanic Public Relations Association for a bash like no other!
The holidays present a great time to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. It also provides a chance to look toward great things to come with a new year. We have much to be thankful for but as we look ahead we are even more excited about our future.

Space is limited and we mean limited
so do not delay. RSVP today!

Of course we always party with a purpose, so bring your canned goods for our food drive. Donations will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


BPRS Chicago 2016 Fall Networking Social



Tickets: $25 in advance
$35 at the door


BPRS Chicago invites you to our upcoming Fall Social.  As summer ends and agencies return to normal business hours, we want you to join us and fall into new possibilities through networking. Now is the time to reconnect with business colleagues and industry peers. Be inspired and find unlisted opportunities to spread your professional wings.

We’ve invited our friends from NABJ-Chicago to join us as well as other PR and journalism groups from around the city. We’re also raffling prizes and sharing an update on the NBPRS Annual Conference coming to Chicago October 27 & 28th. Register today!  Attendee rates increase on September 24th.


Join Us for the NBPRS 2016 Annual Conference Oct 27 &28


 This is learning and engagement for all levels. Whether you’re entering your first job, transitioning from another profession, or a mid- or senior-level communicator, the conference is designed to provide you with insights, skills, and networking opportunities to take you to your next level.

You will learn:

  • How PR strategists help newsmakers to deliver quote-worthy messages
  • Hiring secrets from top recruiters controlling the gateway between you and Fortune 500 companies
  • Strategies for building successful PR consulting practices in niche markets
  • Shifts being made by social media platforms that will energize your PR strategies and job hunt
  • How crisis communicators strategically move their clients out of the line of fire
  • Strategies used by top executives to navigate the political complexities of corporate and agency worlds and break through glass ceilings

Here’s just a peek of what we’re planning:

Thursday, October 27, 2016


303 W. Wacker Drive

Calling all non-profit organizations and community leaders! You’re invited to a daylong workshop on Thursday, October 27, to learn strategies for communicating during a crisis. Crises gaining national attention—such as Black Lives Matter, the Flint Water Crisis, the Orlando massacre, Dallas sniper attacks—require organizations and community leaders to unite. What happens next is in your hands…how will you respond? Learn strategies to ensure you and your organization are called upon as an expert, your message is being heard, and the media gets it right.

8:30 a.m.  Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  – Opening Remarks.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Police and PR – Empowering police, community relations, and communications

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 pm  –2:30 p.m.

  • Small Business and African American Contractors, Advocacy & Diversity & Arbitration


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Presidential PR and 2016 Presidential Vote
  • Social Media Strategies for Community Groups and Nonprofits

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet Reception (Invitation only)

Meet our keynote speakers, presenters, and sponsors

Friday, Oct. 28

Mid-America Club

200 East Randolph Drive, 80th Floor, Aon Center, Aon

8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Up Close and Person – Covering the White House

Award-winning journalist April Ryan shares insights and perspectives on covering the White House since 1987, particularly the historic presidency of Barack Obama.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00  a.m.

Recruiters’ Roundtables

Getting a job, keeping a job and rising through the ranks into senior management.

  • Senior Level
  • Mid Career   
  • Entry Level  


11:15 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.


Here’s your chance to learn from leading executives who will provide strategic insights, case studies and strategies on the following subjects.

  • Social Media
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Global PR

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Network Awards Luncheon


CEO Perspective

2:45 P.M. – 3:35 P.M.

A conversation with senior executives of major PR firms to discuss strategies for success in the industry, how digital media and diversity is affecting their strategies.


3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Playing to Win Sessions

A series of fast-paced talks on best practices, tips and tricks

We’re bringing in experts so that you learn from the best. 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Development
  • Crisis Communications
  • Storytelling (in print, online, on air, via social)


5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Getting In, Moving Up, Making a Difference

Wrap up session with leading change management executive


BPRS June Program Recap: Publicists, Celebrities and Entertainment PR

BPRS CHICAGO Presents: Life Inside a Fortune 500

Update: May 12— SPEAKER ADDED
RSVP for this event is mandatory.


Come out to meet and hear more from our speakers:

—NEW— Morris Smith, Public Affairs and Communications Manager with Coca-Cola
Twitter: @msmit4940

Rahsaan Johnson, Director of Public Relations with United Airlines

Twitter: @rjgetsetgo

Rahsaan Johnson has a track record of corporate communications success — planning and executing communications strategies to support business growth and brand development. He has served as the Public Relations Director of United Airlines for nearly six years. Johnson leads development and execution of external communications initiatives to promote United’s investment in customer experience, marketing, sales, loyalty, eCommerce and network. He also has a passion for adventure and doing what others think can’t be done.

Markeisha Marshall, Senior Manager of Public Affairs of AbbVie

Markeisha Marshall has spent more than 12 years working with powerhouse brands, corporations and executive officers to craft traditional and digital communication strategies to launch products, reinforce ideals and drive target audience engagement. She recently joined AbbVie as a senior public affairs manager. She previously served as a senior strategic communications manager at Walgreen Co. leading communications as a core member of corporate executive’s leadership teams including Healthcare Commercial Market Development, Digital and Information Technology and Supply Chain.

Heidi Barker, Former VP of Global Media Relations of McDonald’s Corporation

Twitter: @heidibmedia

Heidi Barker was the Vice President of Global Media Relations for McDonald’s Corporation. She led the team in identifying bold ways to represent McDonald’s through traditional and social media by advancing McDonald’s reputation with influential journalists and stakeholders. Heidi helped manage some 20,000 media inquiries a year and is responsible for creating messages to elevate the McDonald’s brand. Heidi also specialized in crisis communications, prepares management for media events, and served as a McDonald’s spokesperson.

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

$20 Members
$30 Non-Members
$10 Students – (A current valid student I.D. must be provided at event check-in.)

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.