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  • Aug. 9: Guiding Leaders to Make Wise Decisions in a Crisis
  • Aug. 16: Diversity and Inclusion: The Competitive Edge
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"I wish I would have known..." 
Insights from PRSA Cleveland's New Professional Week Breakfast
Think back to when you first started in PR. What challenges did you face? What do you wish someone had told you? Our new pros are eager to learn from you and your experience. 

Even after New Pr ofess ionals Week ends this Friday, keep in mind that it can be daunting to begin a career. Spend some time with the new professionals and interns in your organization and let them ask you questions. Your knowledge and advice can contribute to their success!
On Wednesday morning, the YoungPRos gathered at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and heard from three PR pros about what they wish they had known when they started. Jim Jaye, APR of Nordson Corporation, Michelle Venorsky, APR of Hello LLC and Kendra Davis of the United Way offered great advice, including nuggets of wisdom like:
  • Be a Swiss Army knife: Branch out and learn as much as you can so that you have all of the tools that you need to succeed
  • Be a sponge: You don't know what you don't know, so listen to those who do know and soak up all of the information, wisdom and experience that you can
  • Don't be afraid of math: It's surprising how much math you use in PR so it's important to understand the numbers, whether they're budgets or analytics
  • Network: You never know who you'll meet that can teach you something or connect you with an opportunity
What do you wish you had known when you started in PR? Share your advice with us on Twitter using #PRSACLE.
If you're new to PR, please connect with our chapter's YoungPRos group by contacting Rachel Kerstetter (rkerstetter@sonnhalter.com) and consider signing up to receive a PRSA CLE professional mentor!

R hheminder: Register for our August 10 Happy Hour!
The PRSA Cleveland Chapter would be nothing if not for its amazing, supportive members. Let us celebrate you - our members! - with the 3rd annual PRSA Cleveland Member Appreciation Celebration on  August 10 during a happy hour from  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Your first drink is on us and appetizers will be served!
When:  August 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Platform Brewery, 4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Cost: $10, non-members; $15, members

Nominees Announced:
 2017 Board of Directors
Congratulations to Rick Batyko on being named to the Board!

The PRSA Nominating Committee announced this week its nominees for 2017 PRSA leadership positions. Eight candidates were selected for open Executive Committee and Board of Director positions, including PRSA Cleveland's Rick Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president at Team Neo.  The nominees will stand for election by a vote of the PRSA Leadership Assembly on Oct. 22 prior to the start of the  PRSA International Conference  in Indianapolis, Ind. (Oct. 22-25).

"This year a record number of applicants stepped up for consideration for National Board service and the Nominating Committee was challenged to select among a tremendously capable pool of candidates," said Joe Cohen, APR, PRSA 2014 Chair, who led the 2016 National Nominating Committee.  "The 2017 slate of candidates is a group of leaders who bring diverse perspectives and an incredible body of experience that crosses all sectors of the industry.  PRSA will have in place a tremendous leadership team that's well-positioned to further elevate our efforts to advance the profession and the professional." 

The nominees for 2017 officer positions are: Chair-Elect Anthony W. D'Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, professor of practice, public relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.; Treasurer, Debra D. Peterson, APR, vice president, external communications and community relations, CenturyLink, New Century, Kan.; and Secretary, T. Garland Stansell, APR, chief communications officer, Children's of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.

Additionally, the committee nominated five individuals for open positions for the PRSA Board of Directors, as follows:
  • Director At-Large: Robert T. Hastings, Jr., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, executive vice president, communications & government affairs, chief of staff, Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tri-State District: Andrew McCaskill, APR, senior vice president, global communications, Nielsen, New York, N.Y.
  • East Central District: Richard J Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, marketing, communications & development, Team NEO, Medina, Ohio
  • Western District: Michelle Olson, APR, general manager, Scottsdale office, Fingerpaint, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Northeast District: Jo Ann S. LeSage Nelson, APR, vice president, client services, Pierce Communications, Albany, N.Y.
  • Mid-Atlantic District: The Nominating Committee did not put forth a candidate to fill the open Mid-Atlantic District seat. Qualified candidates from the Mid-Atlantic District are invited to run from the floor at the Leadership Assembly on October 22.  
Please join us in congratulating Rick Batyko on this honorable achievement! 

Interested in attending this year's International Conference? 
R egister by Aug. 26 and save $200 off your ticket price. For more information, click  here .

In the News
Introducing MyPRSA, a new exclusive member benefit

MyPRSA is our association's new members-only, secure, private community that empowers you, our member, to create meaningful communication and share resources. In addition to the versatile community and resource library, you will have access to all of your membership information.

How Can You Get Started on MyPRSA?
  • Click here to take a tour of the MyPRSA community or click here to view the how-to guide.
  • Log in using your existing MyPRSA username and password. (Click here if you don't remember your username/password.)
  • Read and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Create your profile. Click here to learn how.
  • Search for contacts and start adding people you know or would like to get to know.
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