I am proud to serve PRSA Boston in 2014 after a stellar year led by our former president Diane Pardes, our hardworking leadership team and board of directors, and our chapter administrator Denise Hutchins.
For 2014, we plan to keep the momentum going with new initiatives and programs designed to help you build your network, enhance your professional development, and provide you with plenty of mentoring, networking, and social activities. Among the new initiatives and programs will be the re-launch of the PRSA Boston blog where we will be regularly posting informative and educational articles to help you in your professional development so be sure to subscribe!
And we will bring back some programs in 2014 that proved successful in the past – like the popular Social Media Summit. These events will provide PR pros with the skills and insight needed to stay on top of this increasingly important communication vehicle.
This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). If you were ever contemplating achieving your accreditation in public relations, this is your year! In 2013, our Chapter approved an APR Scholarship program to help candidates cover expenses associated with the APR process (more information to follow). We also need current APRs to volunteer to help with readiness reviews and to mentor candidates.
We will be hosting two APR sessions, late April and October 2014, so stay tuned to the website for final dates and details. In celebration of the APR’s 50th anniversary, the Boston chapter is going to rebate you 50% of the test’s cost ($385). To sign up or for more information on accreditation, email Loring Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to meeting you in the year to come.