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February 2021
Kansas City's PR & Communications Resource
A Letter from the President
There is nothing I can say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said, meme’d, gif’d, or TikTok’d. It was a year unlike any other, and one that we will never forget. As president of the Greater Kansas City PRSA chapter, I wish I would have done more and engaged the chapter and board better. But, the time of excuse making and “what if’s” is over. 

I’m going to take the lessons I learned in 2020 and use them, not as crutches, but as springboards to move forward into 2021. We have an incredible board this year, filled with hard-working, experienced professionals. Some names and faces you may recognize, and others you may not. We’re committed as a board this year to engage our members in meaningful ways and to make 2021 a memorable year, for all the right reasons. 

First, we’ll be bringing you some fantastic programming this year, starting with the celebration of Black History Month with PRSA National Chair-elect, Felicia Blow. If you haven’t registered for that event yet, you can do so here. Be on the lookout for news about the Inez Kaiser Scholarship we announced at the PRISMS last year and more professional development events in the coming weeks! 

Second, our chapter is hosting the PRSA Midwest District Conference this fall. This opportunity will allow us to showcase Kansas City and all of the amazing PR talent we have here in the City. If you’re interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact me directly at alex@parsonkc.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the GKC-PRSA chapter, and we look forward to what will be an incredible year at PRSA! 

Alex Miller - GKC-PRSA President
headshot of Felicia Blow
Join us virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from noon-1 p.m. as we celebrate Black History Month and welcome distinguished guest speaker Felicia Blow, APR and PRSA National Chair-elect.

During this free webinar, Blow will talk about how to lead with diversity and inclusion strategic planning.

Blow is an award-winning leader with a 28-year career spanning work in manufacturing, waste management and environmental services, telecommunications, and higher education.

2021 Inez Kaiser Scholarship Committee Update
“Believe, Conceive, Achieve”
The Inez Kaiser Scholarship Committee is dedicated to offering $10,000 in college scholarships this year, but it needs your help. 

The group is forming a fundraising committee to help raise money for the scholarships. Please contact Lea-Ann Germinder at lgerminder@germinder.com if interested. 

Inez was the first Black woman to join PRSA in 1966, and she has a deep history here in the Kansas City region.

Meet Your New Board of Directors
Volunteers still needed! 
Thank you for voting to make your GKC-PRSA 2021 Board of Directors official! Learn more about these volunteers, and contact them with any questions or comments throughout the year.

We’re still looking for volunteers to serve on the Board. Contact Board President Alex Miller at alex@parsonkc.com if you’d like to join!

Upcoming PRSA Webinars – Free for Members!

Each month, PRSA members can access new webinars presented live for FREE. These webinars are geared toward the public relations and communications communities. Check out the complete lineup and register today!

Coming up:

Career Center
Check out current Kansas City area job openings or extend your job search nationally with thousands of current job listings and employers posting every day. 

You can also receive a targeted career newsletter each week, with valuable tips, resources and information on building your personal brand. Access career coaching, resume review, tips for your social media profileonline interviewing, and more.

Stay Involved in PRSA
Discounted PRSA Membership

Join now at a deep discount.
If you have been forced to make tough choices on the best way to invest in finding your next position, we would like to help by keeping you connected to the PRSA network and resources at reduced professional membership dues for one year, and some additional savings to help you get moving toward a brighter future.

February Promo: Now through the end of February, receive a FREE one-year Chapter membership PLUS waived initiation or reinstatement fees (up to a $165 value) when you join National PRSA as a regular member ($260 annual dues). Use Promo Code: CHAPWINTER2021.

The GKC-PRSA is always looking for new members. Please share this promo code with a friend or colleague. 

In Between Jobs Program

2020 has presented its share of challenges – furloughs, hiring freezes, and job losses – impacting our members. PRSA is your partner in helping you find your next job, advance in your professional life, and expand your opportunities.

If you are currently unemployed, take advantage of the “In Between Jobs” program:
  • Receive one full year of PRSA professional membership at a 50% discount. 
  • We will waive reinstatement fees for returning members, a $35 savings.
  • Receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Independent Practitioner Alliance.

Visit prsa.org/in-between for more information. Use Promo Code: INBETWEEN when registering.