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Upcoming Event:

Equitable Internships: Leveling the Playing Field for Future PR Pros


Thursday, April 8, 2021, 12pm-1pm

Free for Members and Students
$15 for Non-Members

STUDENTS: Please email info@prsamd.org for a student discount code prior to registering for the event (you will need the code to bypass payment).

Internships are an essential part of a career in public relations, but between classes, jobs, families, and financial obligations, many students have to move mountains in order to add an internship to their schedules.

Studies show that unpaid internships perpetuate racial and gender-based inequalities in the workplace. As employers, it is our responsibility to ensure that equal access is granted to students to obtain this essential experience.

This program will educate members about these barriers and present ways that companies can create internship programs that level the playing field.

Moderator: Kaletha Henry and Mary Miles


Seana Coulter, Director for the Center for Career Development at Morgan State University

Julie Gowin, Outreach Coordinator, for the University of Maryland Department of Communication internship program

Charles Greene, CEO and Executive Director, Trusts for Children

Themes we will explore:

  • The challenges that students face when trying to complete an internship, particularly students from minority backgrounds.
  • The importance of equity in the office, from the interns to the C-suite.
  • The responsibility that the business community and PR pros have in creating opportunities for future students.

Questions We Will Explore:

  • In what ways can employers provide better opportunities to ensure students from various backgrounds are receiving a fair chance on their career path?
  • Essentially, what should students be able to gain from a valuable internship?
  • As a business-owner, what is the benefit of investing in your internship program and what is your approach for selecting who qualifies?
  • What steps can companies and businesses take to eliminate bias from their internship process?
  • In what ways may an employer consciously or unconsciously be profiling a student just by reviewing their resume?
  • What are some of the ways that companies can evolve their internships to be more equitable?
  • What feedback have you received from students who have had challenges securing internship opportunities?
  • Can you identify some of the ways in which students may enhance their connections through networking and how they may find networking opportunities?
  • What advice would you give yourself if you were a student today entering public relations and communications?


March 2021

Past Events:

Clubhouse 101

Thursday, March 18, 2021,11:00am-Noon
Free for Members and Students
$15 for Non-Members

There is a lot of buzz about this new app. Beyond its popularity, brands and agencies are already looking to see if there is an application for marketing, sales, and influencers. In this PRSA MD power hour, please join us as we all explore:
1. What is Clubhouse, and how does it work?
2. What should PR/COMMS people be doing right now to prepare for a possible widespread business case use?
3. Who in our PRSA MD chapter is already using Clubhouse for client and comms work? Share your ideas!
4. Where are the best rooms for PR/COMMS conversations for professional development and strategy idea generation.

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March 2021

Past Events:

The Museum of Public Relations

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:30 to 6:45pm
$20 for Members
$30 for Non-Members

Did you know PRSA national was behind a film produced by Time-Life in 1947 that introduced PR to the world in theatres? Do you know about Inez Y. Kaiser, the first black woman to own a PR firm? There are hundreds of stories to be heard and thousand of artifacts and books to see at The Museum of Public Relations. Join us for a live virtual tour of this New York city-based non-profit institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of public relations practice for education and research that will help shape its future and inform the public of the practice’s social value. Our tour will be customized, so give us some ideas about what you want to see when you register. The tour will cover many topics, including women in PR in honor or Women’s History Month in March.

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February 2021

The Black Press and Why It Matters to Your Comms Plan: A Conversation About News, Equity, and Audience

February 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Free for Members and Students
$15 for Non-Members

In the aftermath of last summer’s racial unrest and the recent election results in Georgia, understanding the African American news audience is more crucial than ever. The Black Press, which has been a key news and information outlet in America for nearly 200 years, is once again being rediscovered as an essential partner for professional communicators.

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December 2020

2020 Best in Maryland Awards Gala

December 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Each year, this highly anticipated celebration draws more than 100 award-winning public relations and communications practitioners from across the state and spanning every industry sector, including: PR and creative agencies, corporate, education, military and government, healthcare, nonprofit, professional services and independent practitioners. Come celebrate and mingle with those new to the profession as well as executives and top decision makers as we wrap up 2020!

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November 2020

Buyer Personas Deep Dive

November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
$15 – $25

Built from the real words of real buyers, a buyer persona reveals what prospective customers are thinking (and searching for) as they weigh their options to address a problem that your company resolves. Much more than a one-dimensional profile of the target market, actionable buyer personas provide the foundation for a well-built content and social media strategy rooted in research. They uncover insights about your buyers’ decision-making process — the specific attitudes, motivations and criteria that drive prospective customers to…

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September 2020

PRSA Maryland Virtual Conference, “Navigating the Next Normal”

September 24, 2020September 25, 2020
$50.00 – $100

Image courtesy of Devaney & Associates Registration is closed. Registrants should have received an email with login instructions. If you have registered but have not received your instructions, please email us. *Be sure to check your spam filter before notifying us.  As PR pros, planning for the unexpected is what we do. But this is 2020, a year dominated by a pandemic, protests and politics – and unimaginable challenges for the world, the economy, and the industry. What will post-pandemic…

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July 2020

Thirsty Thursday Virtual Wine Tasting with The Wine Coach

July 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

When: 7/16 at 5:30 – 7:30 PMWhere: Your Place Join award-winning wine expert, Laurie Forster—The Wine Coach, for a virtual wine tasting that is just as educational as it is entertaining. Laurie will feature four of her favorite affordable wines perfect for summer sipping and backyard bashes. She’ll use PRSA Maryland as her inspiration in selecting the wine so expect fun surprises in every sip. Learn more about Laurie here!At the end of this tasting, you will be Smarter about…

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June 2020

Online Reputation – Search Engine Optimization/Wikipedia and more…

June 3, 2020 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm
$10 – $25

Worried about SEO/reviews/Google results/Wikipedia, and/or any other scary sounding tools that you’re uncomfortably aware that you may be responsible for? Everyone’s concerned about their online reputation but no one’s quite sure what to do about it. Join us as we cover the channels that make up your online reputation, provide tactics you can use when you get home, and introduce some mini case studies. Webinar Details:When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Where: Online via Zoom*Investment: PRSA…

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PRSA MD Weekly Chat: Crisis Communications Review with Jeffrey Davis, APR

June 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm1:45 pm

Join us for a chat with PR pro Jeffrey Davis, APR, Managing Partner, Van Eperen on the realities of crisis communications and why you need a solid plan to address Covid 2.0, our national conversation about racism and whatever awaits us in the “Next Normal.” With world events changing every day, an updated and actionable crisis PR plan has never been more important. In this 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A, Jeff will cover … Tips on messaging and communicating during a…

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PRSA MD Weekly Chat: The Role of PR in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

June 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm2:45 pm

In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Abrey, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others, public relations professionals have an opportunity to play an important role in shaping how their organizations address diversity, equity and inclusion issues. This week’s virtual chat will focus on what we have done or not done, where we go from here and how to develop a personal declaration to guide your actions. The discussion will be moderated by executive coaches and senior PR…

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May 2020

Weekly Chat: The new COVID challenge >> too many zoom meetings! Let’s hack the virtual meeting!

May 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm1:45 pm

Join us for a fun cap to the week where we’ll hack the virtual meeting. We’ll explore how to make our virtual team and client meetings shift from dreaded to welcomed (well at least more welcomed). Peggy Hoffman, PRSA Maryland administrator, will share video meeting tips she’s figured out and gather your tips. We’ll troubleshoot some of pain points with virtual meetings. And we’ll have fun. Bonus – bring a meeting tip, share it and in fun “tip-off” we’ll find…

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Create Better Surveys for Better Reporting While Pivoting During a Pandemic

May 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am9:00 am
$10 – $25.00

Minimize your expenses and maximize your ROI on research conducted to support your clients’ PR goals. In this webinar, Jeffrey Henning, PRC, chief research officer of Researchscape, will discuss what the COVID-19 crisis is changing and what it is amplifying. Learn what journalists are taught to ask about surveys conducted for newsmaking purposes, and how far short the typical agency falls in delivering that, as based on a content analysis of over 2,800 news releases about commissioned surveys. Read more…

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Weekly Chat: Internal Communications in the Age of the Coronavirus

May 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm1:45 pm

One of our most important audiences are our employees and internal stakeholders. This week’s chat explores how we’re handling internal communications. Joining us are internal communications and HR pros from a wide variety of businesses including MedStar, Sodexo, CEIWC, MPT, and Goucher. Join us for a conversation!About PRSA Maryland Weekly Chat: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the ways it is affecting our professional and personal lives, we are holding weekly virtual meetings to gather and address a…

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April 2020

We hope this Zoom meeting finds you well!

April 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

How we’re living, working, and coping during the COVID-19 crisis.  Let’s wrap the week with a dose of optimism and ideas to find a balance. Priming our chat will be three PR pros who are sitting in the middle (you know that space where you have to delegate down and up?) and looking for balance. Add the dimensions of kids or spouses or pets and maybe a little too much videoconferencing? Two are playing substitute teacher. One is an introvert…

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5 Steps for Writing Breakthrough By-liners and Blogs (Webinar)

April 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Why do certain contributed articles entice editors and resonate with target audiences? Why do certain blogs captivate readers and get shared all over? Learn to craft by-lines and blogs with stopping power in this fast-paced, interactive webcast led by Jack Appleman, prominent PR writing instructor and author. Practice creating enticing themes, generating compelling copy, and structuring content to keep readers engaged from start to finish. During the session, you’ll complete a series of challenging writing exercises—and submit copy for Jack’s…

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