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.

Personal Branding Webinar Recap

BPRS ChWEBIANRRECAPicago and NBPRS Detroit, recently hosted a joint webinar, “Creating the Ultimate Brand: You!”

Our speakers, Pam Perry and Kaplan Mobray, offered best practices, advice, and exercises for building a strong personal brand. If you missed it we invite you to WATCH THE FULL RECORDING.

Thank you to our webinar sponsor:

Business Wire, is a global leader in press release distribution. Check them out at www.BusinessWire.com

Please send your questions, comments, and feedback to us at info@bprschicago.org.

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.


#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 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 Chicago Webinar: Content Creation That Drives Results

Copy of BPRS Chicago invites you

We invite you to register for our July 26th webinar on “Content Creation That Drives Results.”

If you are in PR or Marketing you’ve probably either asked or answered the question, “What’s your content strategy?” Where do you start? How do you cut through the volume of messages hurled at consumers daily? How do you make sure you are creating content that will engage your target audience and drive them to take action? If you have the magic touch for creating good content, you may still wonder how can you improve visibility and performance of that content across various platforms?

Our speakers will share their insights on how to create compelling content that helps you meet goals, strengthen your brand and build your business. You will also have a chance to ask your burning content creation questions during this one-hour webinar.

Register Today!


Abby Harris (@alberlynne), Creative Consultant, BSIDE Agency
Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal), Founder, Invisible People
Serena Ehrlich (@serena), Director of Social and Evolving Media, Business Wire

Tuesday, July 26th, Noon CT
$20 for All Attendees

PLEASE NOTE: A completed Eventbrite registration must be done to gain access to the webinar information.  Each webinar registrant should register via Eventbrite and GoToWebinar with a unique email address.  The link to GoToMeeting will be provided after your pay via Eventbrite.  All webinar logins are for sole use by the pre-paid registering participant.  Violation of this, and secondary entry to the webinar via an email already in-use may result in expulsion from the GoToWebinar.


This webinar is sponsored by:

BPRS June Program Recap: Publicists, Celebrities and Entertainment PR

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.