Leadership Rally Report and Preview of 2020
A note from from president-elect Alex Miller
At the end of October, I attended the 2019 PRSA Leadership Rally in San Diego. There, I had the opportunity to engage and learn from PRSA members representing chapters from across the country. I’m excited to share what I learned and how we plan to leverage it in 2020.
I gained a greater appreciation for PRSA and all the organization has to offer to its members while at the conference. PRSA is a massive organization, including more than 22,000 members in 110 chapters representing all 50 states—this means from all the different case studies and discussion boards in the MyPRSA communities, our members have the opportunity to share best practices and learn from communication professionals across 14 different Professional Interest Sections throughout the country.
In 2020, we will work toward hosting case study reviews that are found within the MyPRSA Communities. Some chapters host live “lunch and learns” with other chapters in order to bring in different perspectives and dialogue. We’ll also look at bringing a “how to” session to walk members through exactly how to utilize (in my opinion) the world’s best library of resources for public relations practitioners found in MyPRSA Communities.
We should feel proud to be a part of PRSA, and it is my job as president in 2020 to ensure that you are getting the most out of your membership as possible. Other chapters face similar challenges ours does. Others do not.
We are very fortunate in Kansas City—for years we have had an incredibly dedicated, engaged board made up of 100% volunteers that have helped encourage folks like me to want to continue my learning and growth. Other chapters struggle to find enough volunteers, others have the resources to pay for administrators who take care of the financing, the event planning and the membership renewals. Our volunteers take those tasks in stride every year and never let the chapter down.
2020 is going to be an outstanding year for PRSA in Kansas City. We have great momentum building because of the solid foundation past boards have built for the chapter, and the new board members coming in 2020 have fantastic ideas to keep our chapter growing.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2020. As always, if you have any questions about PRSA, becoming a board member, or earning your APR certification, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at