Upcoming Events
Save the date for our upcoming PRSA CLE events!
Interested in sponsoring an upcoming event? Contact Bob Rotatori at  rrsrfam@aol.com .

Check out the  November PRSA Free Webinars!

TICKET SALES END TODAY: Business and the Media, Nov. 15

Don't miss the chance to get your burning questions for Cleveland media answered on November 15 at PRSA Cleveland's Annual Business and the Media Luncheon, presented by Fahlgren Mortine. Join Howard Fencl as he leads a panel discussion on storytelling in a digital, 24-7 world with Carl Monday, Brie Zeltner, Sam Allard, John Kroll and ML Schultze. 

When: November 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Music Box Supper Club
Ticket sales end today! Click here to register.

Get Ready to Rock!
Cleveland Rocks Awards: December 2, House of Blues Cleveland
Were you notified that you'll be receiving a Rocks award this year? 

Don't miss the big reveal -- find out if you are a Silver or Gold Rocker, Best In Show or Judges' Choice winner! 

Purchase tickets by 11/14 and save! 
$55 Members | $65 Non-Members | $50 Students | $450 Tables of Eight

Ticket prices increase on 11/15: 
$60 Members | $75 Non-Members | $50 Students | $500 Tables of Eight

Win big at this year's Rocks Awards Silent Auction, benefitting the student scholarship fund. 

Prizes celebrate the thing we can all agree to love -- Cleveland! -- with tickets to Lake Erie Monsters game, vouchers to JAX Casino and the House of Blues, family-packs of tickets to the Cleveland Aquarium and more! 

Don't miss out on getting in on the bidding war starting at 11:30 a.m. at the annual Rocks Awards on December 2!
PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards sponsorships are still available at the Gold and Silver Rocker levels. 

Gold Rocker ($2000): Table of eight, display table and signage at luncheon, logo and name in program, mention in PR materials.

Silver Rocker ($800): Table of eight, display and signage at the luncheon and name in program.

Let PRSA CLE Help Find Your Summer Intern
We're looking for agencies, companies, nonprofits and government agencies who plan to hire summer 2017 interns! 

Our scholarship program will launch by the first of the year and, in addition to cash awards, we want to offer the top two students the opportunity to interview for a summer internship. (Note that your commitment is only to provide the students with the opportunity to interview for an open internship.) 

Interested  organizations must provide a description of the internship, including whether it is paid or unpaid, the days and hours to be worked and the scope of work or project (if known). Someone with public relations experience must be available to supervise the intern.

Employers approved by the PRSA Cleveland Board will be listed on the PRSA website. For questions, or to apply, contact Lorraine Schuchart, APR, at
A National Leadership Assembly and 
PRSA International Conference to Remember
By Rachel Kerstetter, VP of Membership, PRSA CLE,  PR Architect, Sonnhalter

I had the honor of representing PRSA Greater Cleveland as a delegate at the PRSA National Leadership Assembly. During the Assembly we were briefed on the state of PRSA National and many exciting things coming up for the organization, some of which include:
  • Improving the association's diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • A marketing campaign for APR
  • Introduction of a new membership app 
  • A new-and-improved website
  • More continuing education options for business and financial acumen and supervisory skills
We conducted association business, approving two bylaw amendments that will allow PRSA to operate more efficiently. 

I had the pleasure of helping elect Cleveland's own Rick Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, to the P RSA National Board of Directors representing the East Central District of PRSA that covers our chapter along with our neighbors around Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

There were also eight new PRSSA chapters chartered across the country in 2016. As we just wrapped up our own 2016 Student Day, I'm reminded again of the bright new minds entering our field each year, graduating out of our student organization and joining our ranks. 
PRSA International Conference
Each year the PRSA International Conference offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for PR practitioners. This year's conference in Indianapolis was no different.

Programming tracks included: Integration, Tools & techniques, Specialization, Strategic Planning & Implementation and Leadership & Management. I attended sessions across all of the tracks and gleaned a few themes that PR professionals around the world are tackling including: metrics and reporting, integrating PR with other business functions, leadership, engaging effectively, research, mentorship and crisis communication. Cleveland had a moment in the spotlight as well with a session presented by Corinne Allie of Destination Cleveland on the power of listening to drive community engagement that spotlighted both the NBA playoffs and RNC.

Keynote speakers included human rights advocate and Global Soap Project founder Derreck Kayongo, astronaut Scott Kelly, Mike Fernandez of Burson-Marsteller, former Whitehouse CIO and cybersecurity expert Theresa and Scott Stratten, author of several books including Unmarketing who spoke on truly engaging and building relationships.

Mark your calendar! Next year's PRSA International Conference will be held in Boston on October 8-10. And in 2018, the conference is headed to Austin, Texas.
Membership News
Save the Date: PRSA Virtual Career Fair, March 30, 2017
PRSA is holding a Virtual Career Fair next year, on March 30, 2017. And admission is free!  Registration will open in January. 

During the event, being held from 1-4 p.m. EDT, you can choose which employers you want to interact with and then engage in a one-on-one chat directly with a recruiter at those organizations. You can share your background, highlight your certifications and experience, discuss your resume, and ask questions.  Following your chat interview, you'll be able to go back to the Event Lobby and select additional recruiters to contact from other participating companies.  Check back with the Jobcenter  for updates!

I nterested in signing up 5 or more colleagues to PRSA?  Consider  Group Membership  for additional savings. 

Sign up your team of five or more members for the first time and receive FREE Professional Interest Section membership and WAIVED Initiation fee. 


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I f you have questions, suggestions or comments about this newsletter or would like to submit a story idea, email Cari Wildasinn, VP of communications for the Chapter, at cari.wildasinn@fahlgren.com.
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The  Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members, and more than 100 Chapters nationwide.

The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications and marketing practitioners throughout Northeast Ohio.  The PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter serves nearly 300 members and is affiliated with the  East Central District of PRSA .