professional development… Here’s What’s for Us at PRSA International Conference by Janet Krenn

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Two words: development and networking. This is what we as New Pros stand to gain by participating in International Conference this October 16-19 in Washington D.C. And if you register by next Friday (August 27) you can get this at the saver rate, i.e. $200 less.

(Now, I’ll be honest with you, you might find this to be too expensive to pay out of pocket, but other New Pros have attended conference in the past by asking their boss to foot the bill. If you’re interested in telling others how you convinced your boss to send you to IC or you have questions for those that did, join the discussion on our eGroup page.)

OK,  so you’re going to International Conference. Now what? In addition to the other cool sessions, the New Pros Section is sponsoring a session and two networking events.

  • New Professionals Section Workshop
    “Myth or Reality: ‘Agency Experience Preferred'”
    Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8–9:15 a.m.

    What are employers really asking for when they require “agency experience”? Is an agency position truly the best public relations experience? Learn about the pros and cons of agency and non-agency experience from Sarah Siewert, account executive, KemperLesnik; Heather R. Huhman, founder and president, Come Recommended; and Lara Kretler, vice president and social media lead, Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations. Receive advice on how to choose the path that best suits your skills, and learn how to make your own experiences marketable to all employers.

  • New Professionals, Technology and IPA Sections Networking Dinner
    Monday, Oct. 18, 6:30–9 p.m., Lauriol Plaza
    Graceful architecture and sophisticated service set a stylish tone for some of the best Tex-Mex in Washington, D.C. Lauriol Plaza offers good conversation, a strong margarita and the finest offerings from the mesquite-fired grill to IPA, Technology Section and New Professionals Section members.
  • Sections Soirée
    Monday, Oct. 18, 9–11:30 p.m.

    Stop by the Sections Soirée to network with colleagues from all 16 Professional Interest Sections, and share tips about the latest industry trends. Also, don’t miss a chance to win some great prizes.

If you can make it, International Conference is a great way to learn more about the profession and start networking with seasoned pros in your and other industries. Hope you can make it!

JANET A. KRENN is your 2010 Chair of the New pros of PRSA.

  • New Professionals Section Workshop
    “Myth or Reality: ‘Agency Experience Preferred'”
    Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8–9:15 a.m.

    What are employers really asking for when they require “agency experience”? Is an agency position truly the best public relations experience? Learn about the pros and cons of agency and non-agency experience from Sarah Siewert, account executive, KemperLesnik; Heather R. Huhman, founder and president, Come Recommended; and Lara Kretler, vice president and social media lead, Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations. Receive advice on how to choose the path that best suits your skills, and learn how to make your own experiences marketable to all employers.

  • New Professionals, Technology and IPA Sections Networking Dinner
    Monday, Oct. 18, 6:30–9 p.m., Lauriol Plaza
    Graceful architecture and sophisticated service set a stylish tone for some of the best Tex-Mex in Washington, D.C. Lauriol Plaza offers good conversation, a strong margarita and the finest offerings from the mesquite-fired grill to IPA, Technology Section and New Professionals Section members.
  • Sections Soirée
    Monday, Oct. 18, 9–11:30 p.m.

    Stop by the Sections Soirée to network with colleagues from all 16 Professional Interest Sections, and share tips about the latest industry trends. Also, don’t miss a chance to win some great prizes.


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