What we did this past year …

It’s been a busy year for the Chapter. In 2014 we …

♦ Sponsored 3 happy hours, one of which had close to 30 attendees!
♦ Took a trip to Camden Yards to watch the Orioles battle the Tampa Bay Rays.
♦ Sponsored/participated in 5 in-person professional development events.

  • The State of PR: We brought together a panel of veteran PR pros to discuss where PR is now and where it’s headed. Click here for a recap.
  • Morning with The Baltimore Sun: We partnered once again with BPRC for a visit to the Baltimore Sun.
  • Morning With WJZ-TV 13: We also visited the WJZ-TV station where we met the news team and took a tour.
  • 2014 Chesapeake Conference: We created a a full day of learning ending with a Media Panel. Click here for recap.
  • 24/7 Management: Decision-making in a Changing Global Media Market Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide: We were invited by The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School to attend one of their sessions in the Leaders & Legends lecture series,

We realized how difficult it is to get out of the office so we also offered the following virtual meetings and webinars – all FREE to members …

♦ Virtual Meetings:

♦ Webinars:

  • The New Secrets of Media Pitching Success
  •  Slow Down to Move Fast
  •  Brand Yourself

On the APR front, we held two APR Information Sessions designed to learn more about becoming an APR:

Plus we kicked off a study group—we have 12 APR candidates right now—for those already in the process.

And we ended it all with our Best In Maryland Gala, where more than 160 people attended, many taking home awards.

Here’s looking forward to 2015!

p.s. Did you know that you can find recaps to many of these events in our Resource Library?

 

Announcing the 2014 Educator of the Year: Leeanne M. Bell McManus

Submitted by Sandra Arnette, APR, Communications Chair

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Honored for Commitment to Academic Excellence, Student Engagement and Service In the Community

Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus has been named the 2014 Educator of the Year for teaching and motivating students, engaging them in various community service initiatives and developing needed course curriculums.

McManus, an associate professor in the business communications department at Stevenson University, will be honored at PRSA-MD’s Best in Maryland Gala on December 4 at the Hilton Baltimore overlooking Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“Dr. Bell McManus is an excellent classroom instructor – one who knows how to motivate and challenge her students,” said Chip Rouse, Stevenson’s associate director and department chair of business communications. “She demands quality performance and gets it. Her student evaluations are outstanding, indicating that she is reaching students on many levels and they are putting into practice the theory they are learning.”

Rouse said McManus also developed several courses for the department, including an introductory level Principles and Practices of Public Relations course. “Dr. Bell McManus fuels excitement in her students and encourages them to put into practice what they learn in the PR classroom,” she added. “The students’ research and activities give them lots of real-world practice.”

PRSA-MD’s Educator of the Year Award recognizes and honors exemplary undergraduate and graduate public relations/communications professionals that are excellent instructors and education leaders in their schools and communities.

McManus is co-author of two books, Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (Sage, 2009), and Conflict between Persons: The Origins of Leadership (Kendall Hunt, 2014). She is currently working on her third book, Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice. She also has published excerpts in Exploring Communication Ethics: Interviews with Influential Scholars in the Field and The Encyclopedia of Social Identity. In addition, McManus has published in the Atlantic Journal of Communication, Review of Communication, and Communication Annual: Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.

In addition to McManus’ publications, she has over 65 competitively selected convention papers and panels and is a journal reviewer for Communication Theory, Review of Communication, Communication and Religion, and Qualitative Research Reports. She teaches and conducts research in public relations, event planning, conflict, leadership, communication ethics and interpersonal communication.

Join us as we honor Dr. Bell McManus at the 2014 Best in Maryland Gala. We will also honor the Lifetime Achievement and Partner of Distinction, reveal the New PR Professional of the Year, and present awards for excellence in public relations campaigns. The evening will include a keynote address from Terence O’Hara, vice president of communications for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement.

For more information on the Gala including all our nominees, click here!

Bonnie K. Heneson Named 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Submitted by Sandra Arnette, APR, Communications Chair

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Honored for Longstanding Commitment to Business In the Baltimore-Washington Region, Philanthropic Efforts

With over 30 years of proven public relations experience and a commitment to give back to the community, Bonnie K. Heneson has been selected as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter (PRSA-MD). Heneson will be honored at the association’s Best in Maryland gala on December 4 at the Hilton Baltimore overlooking Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“Bonnie is the driving force behind Bonnie Heneson Communications (BHC),” said BHC Executive Vice President Kyri Jacobs. “Her energy, enthusiasm and altruistic spirit are boundless. And, her go-getter attitude was certainly the impetus more than 20 years ago for starting her own business, which today has grown to a thriving full-service communications agency.

“But, her involvement does not stop in the board room,” Jacobs added. “Donating time, efforts and talents to worthwhile causes is something that Bonnie is also personally passionate about and has translated into her business and her employees.”

PRSA-MD’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a public relations professional whose career spans 15 years or more and who has exhibited extraordinary achievements, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of public relations and upholds the PRSA Code of Ethics.

Heneson leads a full-service agency providing marketing and communications services to a wide spectrum of businesses and organizations throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor as well as national and international organizations. Her clients have ranged from health systems, hospitals, nursing homes and physician practices to schools and universities, nonprofit organizations, religious communities and professional service companies. The key to her longevity in this industry is ensuring she is meeting, if not exceeding, client needs and instilling in her employees the importance of quality integrated marketing and communications.

Join us as we honor Ms. Heneson at the 2014 Best in Maryland Gala. We will also honor the Educator of the Year and Partner of Distinction, reveal the New PR Professional of the Year, and present awards for excellence in public relations campaigns. The evening will include a keynote address from Terence O’Hara, vice president of communications for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement.

For more information on the Gala including all our nominees, click here!

2014 Best In MD Gala … Yes, it really is all about you!

Submitted by David Harrison, co-chair, BIM Committee

We cordially invite you to the 2014 Best in Maryland Gala on December 4, 2014, 6-10 pm at the Hilton Baltimore.

Once again this year, we will recognize the best communications campaigns in Maryland – in traditional and in new campaigns focused on media placements, blogs and social media.

The Best in Maryland gala is one of the most popular nights on the PRSA Maryland calendar. It’s a night when some will take home a coveted trophy and when all will have the opportunity to catch up with peers as we near the holiday season.

Terence O'Hara

Terence O’Hara

The evening will also feature a keynote address by former Baltimore and Washington, DC journalist, Terence O’Hara currently vice president of communications at UnitedHealthcare. He will speak about the changing nature of corporate communications in a social media world, navigating a career in journalism and public relations, and what he believes are the most important communications strategies to follow in a digital world.

And the fun part of the night will be the awards themselves. We will be presenting more than 50 Best in Maryland awards, Awards of Excellence and the coveted Best in Show. If you are a nominee, we certainly hope you will be there to take home your trophy in person.

Bonnie K Heneson

Bonnie K Heneson

We will be honoring our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and we will be proud to celebrate with Bonnie Heneson, founder of Bonnie Heneson Communications.

Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus

Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus

We will also be honoring Stevenson University’s Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus as Educator of the Year along with the New Professional of the Year (have to come to know who!) and our Partner of Distinction, Hack|Stone Film Group.

We look forward to celebrating the great work our community creates!

 Click here for more information and to register!

*VIP tables are selling fast, so we urge you to act quickly if you would like to take advantage of this option.

 

Discover Who’s Setting the Pace for PR Excellence at PRSA Maryland’s “Best in Maryland” Awards Ceremony on Dec. 4

Submitted by Sandra Arnette, APR

Here are three key reasons to attend:

GAIN A FRESH PR PERSPECTIVE

Be on hand to find out who will be chosen for an Award of Excellence or Best in Maryland Award and hear firsthand some of the most successful PR concepts that will be applauded at this year’s gala. Learn from professionals that are transforming PR in Maryland and discover innovative ideas to use at your prospective organization.

NETWORK WITH MARYLAND’S MIX OF ELITE PR PROFESSIONALS

Whether it’s putting a face to key opinion leaders, forging closer relationships with fellow colleagues, or meeting new potential partnerships, the 2014 Best in Maryland Awards gala offers some of the best PR networking opportunities available. Meet peers, in a relaxed environment, with similar interests and experiences who can help expand your network and circle of influence.

CELEBRATE!

Come celebrate and watch the excitement unfold as this year’s winners are announced. Hear their success stories and party at the premiere gala that’s sure to be the perfect way to end the year. This year’s keynote speaker will be Terrence O’Hara, a former journalist and editor of the Baltimore Business Journal who was also a financial services reporter for The Washington Post for nine years and director of executive communications for Fannie Mae. O’Hara is currently vice president of communications for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement. He will speak about the changing nature of corporate communications in a social media world, navigating a career in journalism and public relations, and what he believes are the most important communications strategies to follow in a digital world.

Conveniently located at the Hilton Baltimore near the beautiful Inner Harbor Waterfront, the 2014 Best in Maryland Awards gala is an event not to be missed!

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