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.


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 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.)

Coaching the Coaches: Media Training Tips and Best Practices for PR Practitioners

Free Webinar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Noon – 1 PM CT


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As communication practitioners, we know having the right message is only part of the battle. Message delivery is the key. Without the proper training and preparation, spokespeople, brand ambassadors and well-intentioned employees can miss great opportunities to move the brand forward, or worse, invoke crisis.

However, not every organization has the budget to bring in outside media trainers. Alternatively, some may not see the value in media coaching or have concerns about looking too rehearsed.

During this FREE webinar our speakers will address these issues and share best practices, tips and tricks to:

* Stay on message
* Speak in soundbites
* Tackle tough questions
* Create great quotes
* Recognize and leverage different interviewing techniques

So register today and join us for an informative session.

Our coaches:




Al Orendorff – Senior PR Strategist and Reputation Management Expert (@alorendorff)





Andrew Moyer – Vice President, Crisis & Issues, Edelman (@andrewdmoyer)




MODERATOR: Raschanda Hall – Director of Global Media Relations, Business Wire and Executive Vice President for BPRS Chicago (@raschandahall)

* Images by Stuart Miles & stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This webinar is sponsored by:




Become a BPRS Chicago Member:
Programming, networking, advocacy and access; Four great reasons to join BPRS Chicago!


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


Image by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net