February 2021 Newsletter Print

Letter from the President

As communicators, we look for great stories. I know I’m delighted when I get to tell a good one. But during this particular Black History Month, I keep thinking of all the stories that were never told and all the stories that never existed because people weren’t given the chance to make history simply because of the color of their skin.

So in honor of all those stories that will never be written, I challenge you to choose at least one Black historical figure to learn more about before the month is over. Consider how you would tell the person’s story.

Here’s to continuing to learn, grow and improve.

Katelin Brown

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Chapter News

PRSA Iowa Sponsorship Opportunities in 2021

Get in front of Iowa’s leading public relations professionals by sponsoring PRSA Iowa programming in 2021! Structured on a quarterly basis, this opportunity will extend your brand and deliver your message to more than 200 diverse Iowa public relations professionals. The exclusive sponsorship includes the opportunity to address attendees during networking and professional development events. Your sponsorship will be recognized in the chapter’s monthly email newsletter and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to more than 1,800 fans. For more information, email Kelly Visser at [email protected].

Call for OctoPRfest Committee Members

Looking to get more involved in PRSA Central Iowa? We have opportunities.

Join a committee to help plan our annual conference, OctoPRfest. If you are interested in joining this committee, please reach out to Laura Plumb: [email protected]

Your Vote is Needed

Please take this one-question survey regarding the nomination of Kevin Waetke, APR, Fellow PRSA, Asst. VP, Corporate Marketing, Sammons Financial Group for the open position of treasurer-elect. Vote here.

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Upcoming Events

AMA Iowa Event – Elevating Experiences Virtual Conference

On February 26, 2021, AMA Iowa is hosting its eighth annual conference. Hear from both local and national experts in the field—including those from Hubspot and Casey’s—in this virtual conference.

Learn more and register here.

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Ethics Column

This month, there are plenty of PRSA webinars related to ethics in public relations. In her update, delegate Kathy Krafka Harkema, APR, breaks down the available resources. Plus, select webinars can help you earn continuing education units for your APR.

Read more here.

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Member Updates

Member Anniversaries 

Congratulations to all our members celebrating anniversaries this month, especially those celebrating the following milestones!

Ten Years

Christina Marie Gayman, APR, Hy-Vee, Inc.

One Year

Kent Davis
Mariah H. Elbert, Shive-Hattery
Carly Jane Flaws, Goodwill Industries
Amber Gustafson
Trinity Kay Hopkey
Tara Kamin, Iowa Student Loan
Christine M. Stineman

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

What You Need to Know About HBCUs: A Reservoir of Public Relations Talent and Desire

February 23, 2021
4:00 p.m. CT

Celebrate Black History Month with PRSA’s first Diverse Dialogue of 2021. This presentation will highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the outstanding public relations talent that has come—and will continue to come—from their institutions. It will also highlight the challenges students of color face in the public relations profession and what current practitioners can do to support those students.

Register here

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Membership Information

Professional development is more important than ever. Join PRSA Iowa to grow your network and find new learning opportunities.

Now through the end of February, new and reinstating members will have initiation or reinstatement fees waived and receive a FREE Chapter membership. This promotion applies to Regular National memberships ($260 annual dues). 

Learn more and join here.

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