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October 7 Sessions | 2020 Midwest District Conference: OctoPRfest

October 07, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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The much anticipated 2020 Midwest District Conference is jam packed with helpful information for communicators and public relations professionals. Register for the October 7 sessions presented by Corteva. 

Sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the conference. 

Wednesday's sessions are all about improving your skills. After networking with peers, brush up those writing skills with our early morning session. Next, tune in for information on how to make your social media visuals more compelling. Lastly, learn how to get down to the creative problem and put storytelling to work for real social impact.

Learning to Teach: What You Need to Know to Transition from the Profession to the PR Classroom

Dr. Kelly B. Bruhn, APR, Associate Dean, Professor - Public Relations, Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Bob “Pritch” Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Tricia Hansen-Horn, Professor of Public Relations at the University of Central Missouri

This session will provide insights and guidance for new educators and public relations professionals who want to make the transition from the profession to the classroom. Seasoned educators will share tips for finding teaching opportunities, being a successful part-time or full-time professor, developing a syllabus and creating real-word projects and assignments, and effectively evaluating what students learn.

Writing with Clarity

Ken O'Quinn, Communications workshop leader and writing coach at Writing With Clarity

In this stimulating workshop, you will gain new tools and insights to deepen your knowledge of the writing craft and to help you master new writing skills. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a communicator new to the profession, you will invigorate your writing and gain greater confidence in this enlightening session.

Create Compelling Social Media Visuals

Chris Snider, Drake University Associate Professor

Visuals work. People are six times more likely to remember information if it’s presented with an image. As social media becomes more and more visual, how do you continue to make your images stand out? This presentation will discuss design basics as well as tips, tricks and tools to make sure your visuals are optimized to succeed on social media.

Leveraging Your Superpowers in Digital Spaces

Lindrea Reynolds, Personal and Business Branding Expert

Every organization has a unique way of solving problems. It is their superpower; an exclusive, influential ability to develop solutions that build and amplify their brand. During this webinar, communication professionals will learn how to identify and effectively connect their organization’s brand superpower with their intended audiences – a win that may be difficult to achieve in our current jam-packed, competitive digital landscape.


Register for the October 7 sessions. If you would prefer to register for the full conference, please click here.

The conference is free to students. All facing financial hardship are encouraged to apply for a financial hardship scholarship.

Presenting Sponsor

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience. Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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$25.00 PRSA Member Ticket | October 7

$30.00 Non-member ticket | October 7

$0.00 Student Ticket | October 7

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