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The goal of the Accreditation Committee is to build awareness and acceptance for the value of earning the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential among members of PRSA Chicago. The committee is also charged with developing programming for April (Accreditation Month) as well as a concerted training program to help candidates navigate the accreditation process, complete the Readiness Review and prepare to take and successfully pass the comprehensive examination. This committee also coordinates the Review Panel members for the Readiness Review for members seeking to take the APR exam. Those interested in earning this designation can learn more at the Universal Accreditation Board website.
The Advocacy Committee is focused on inspiring the highest level of ethical behavior and performance among PRSA chapter members by providing education and training. The committee chair serves as the chapter’s ethics officer and as a liaison with PRSA and the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards on ethics-related issues and programming.
No surprise in our discipline, the Communications Committee is the heart of PRSA Chicago. Committee members are responsible for the content and distribution of PRSA Chicago communications, including: PRSA Chicago website, Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) and news releases. Members of the committee work closely with additional chapter committees to keep abreast of activities and make certain that information is shared with members via the appropriate communications outlet. There are many volunteer opportunities within the communications committee, from photographer to web content manager and media relations specialist.
PRSA Chicago’s Membership Committee is tasked with helping the chapter recruit and retain members. This includes maintaining a database of member prospects, communicating membership benefits and promotions and facilitating recruitment efforts for the board of directors. In addition, the committee seeks to understand the demographics of the chapter, member needs and methods by which to retain our current members. The committee meets almost monthly and individual members commit to various tasks to satisfy the group strategy.
PRSA Chicago’s Programming Committee is responsible for planning and executing nine monthly lunch programs per calendar year, which are designed to offer chapter members professional development and networking opportunities. Each lunch program convenes a panel of professional speakers, spanning the industry. The committee gains chapter and board input, and then designs a calendar of lunch topics. Board and/or committee members are assigned to execute the monthly lunches, which involves convening and prepping the speakers and working with the Communications Committee to publicize the events. In 2011, each lunch will be held at Maggiano’s on Clark St. in Chicago. (Note: Menu and liaison work with Maggiano’s is handled by the board’s management company and committee chair.)
Senior Leaders Committee
PRSA Chicago’s Senior Leaders Committee plans two events per year. These invitation-only events are geared toward engaging the most senior PR professionals in the Chicago area. The events focus on hospitality and networking. Typically, they include brief remarks by a recognizable speaker. Past speakers include Crane Kenny, president of the Chicago Cubs; John McDonough, president of the Chicago Blackhawks; and the editors of the Chicago Tribune. Committee members must themselves be senior PR leaders able to obtain appealing speakers and draw attendance. They must also be able to acquire sponsors for the events.
Whether you have a knack for networking, love for logistics and event planning or simply like seeing the best campaigns Chicago has to offer, the Skyline and Socials committee is a great way to plug into PRSA Chicago. Our committee manages every aspect of our annual awards program and gala ceremony and partners with another PRSA Chapter to exchange judging responsibilities. We also coordinate socials for members and area professionals to mix, mingle and make new connections. We need you and your ideas!
The Sponsorship Committee networks with Chicago organizations to partner with the PRSA Chicago chapter through patron opportunities. The committee is committed to identifying ongoing opportunities and aligning them up with organizations seeking to raise their brand and visibility among public relations professionals. The committee develops tiered sponsorship approaches as well as ensures these promises are delivered upon.
To further encourage member involvement and groom the future leaders of PRSA Chicago, the Volunteer Chair pairs members interested in committing their time with committees and events where additional resources are needed.
As the Young Professionals Network is aimed at public relations professionals in their first five years of work (though we welcome everyone), we hold monthly workshops after work as well as bimonthly socials. In addition, we look for volunteer opportunities manage our own social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Volunteers on the committee are asked to take an active planning role in one of the four areas. Time commitment varies, but each volunteer will need to make a solid six-month commitment.
The PRSSA subcommittee is the chapter’s liaison with public relations students and programs at colleges and universities throughout greater Chicago. Working closely with the Young Professionals Network subcommittee, it seeks to broaden the students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, the public relations profession. The committee’s activities are highlighted by annual scholarships granted to three students whose applications best exemplify a commitment to public relations.