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The Chapter is Accepting 2020 Board Nominations

2019 Board of Directors January Kick-off Meeting

Are you looking to boost to your career or hone your leadership skills? Perhaps you’d like to expand your professional network? PRSA Maryland Chapter offers numerous opportunities to lead and grow.

Board of Directors: We are currently accepting nominations for board of directors with terms beginning January 1, 2020 (Get to know current leaders here). This is a great opportunity to steer the Chapter into the future. Interested in learning more? Contact Maryland Chapter President Lisa Brusio Coster.  

Committees: We are also seeking volunteers to chair a committee or be part of a committee. Not sure why you should volunteer?  Finding your place in PRSA Maryland will answer a few of your questions.

Not sure where you’ll fit in? Tell us about what interests you by taking this simple poll: 

Create your own user feedback survey

Click here for volunteer opportunities.

 

Brush up on Leadership Skills with Quick Start Training – Free Registration for the First to Respond

Aspiring chapter leaders are cordially invited to this year’s PRSA Mid-Atlantic District (MAD) “Quick Start” leadership program, taking place on Saturday, November 2, in Towson. The program – registration link here – is designed to help strengthen emerging and upcoming Chapter leaders through meaningful, practical content.  And, Quick Start enables unique networking experiences with fellow leaders from around the region.  Meet your peers, offer advice and take home some fresh, winning ideas to your Chapter.

Agenda & Featured Speaker

The day of “Quick Start” is full of only useful content, including roundtable discussions about how to turn some of the challenges we all face into opportunities.  Attendees will have the chance to share and receive thoughtful feedback on just about any PRSA-related topic, from successful programming approaches, to recruiting committee members, to leading a volunteer board. 

The event’s featured speaker is Ken Jacobs, a long-time PRSA ICON and PRSA Counselors Academy speaker who focuses on leadership and empowering team members – including those in a volunteer setting. His column on leadership appears regularly in PRSA’s Strategy & Tactics, and he has written on leadership development, executive coaching and agency management for PR News. Ken has coached and helped leaders, from C-suite executives to managers, achieve and surpass their goals.  We’re lucky to have him at the 2019 Quick Start.

Event Location & Details

The event will be held, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204

Free Registration

Each chapter receives one complimentary registration to the event (including lunch).  Registration for additional attendees is $20.  For more information, contact Mike Gross at 856-866-0411, ext. 117,  Mike@AKCGfirm.com or visit the Quick Start website.

 

Finding your place in PRSA Maryland

We’re pulling together our 2020 leadership who will in turn be tapping a cadre of members in one-time, short-term and half-year roles. We’d love to help you find your place in PRSA Maryland, whether it’s a being a member of the writers pool, a quick role as an event greeter or blog writer, or role on one of our committees.

There are many reasons to opt into a volunteer role with PRSA Maryland, including

  • Acquiring new skills.
  • Honing current skills – skills-based volunteering (Experteering is the word MovingWorlds uses) offers an opportunity to build leadership skills as you apply your skills to new environment. Strong leaders can think quickly and adapt to new situations.
  • Building your network – contacts and references.

Check out Volunteering for your association has benefits for more.

And we’ll make it easy to help you learn more:

1 – Complete our simple poll

Create your own user feedback survey

2 – Ask for a call from our membership/volunteer chair, Erika Murray at info@prsamd.org.

3 – Give us a call at 443-283-8060

Letter from the 2017/18 President Claudia Ciolfi

It has been my privilege to serve as president of PRSA Maryland Chapter for the past two years. This honor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I’ve enjoyed working with the board of directors and chapter volunteers to better serve our members’ needs.

Together, we have expanded our professional and networking programs, increased member engagement, strengthened our connections with area PRSSA chapters, increased membership, and attracted a record-number of APR candidates; nine of whom are scheduled to sit for the APR exam in 2019.

Additionally, I have witnessed numerous members take their next steps in their careers by tapping into our network. It’s what I call channeling the “Power of PRSA.”

While I’ve enjoyed leading the chapter in 2017 and 2018, it’s time to hand over the reins. I’m pleased to announce that the 2019 president of PRSA Maryland Chapter will be Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, Ltd.

I know Lisa will continue to build on our successes and lead our chapter to new heights.

Thank you PRSA Maryland Chapter members, sponsors, and volunteers for supporting me and the board of directors for the past two years. I hope you will continue to lend us your support in 2019. Together we will unify, strengthen, and advance the public relations/communication profession and professional.

Cheers,

Claudia Ciolfi
President, PRSA Maryland Chapter
2017 and 2018

 

Lisa Brusio Coster Elected Board President of PRSA Maryland Chapter

The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) is pleased to announce Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, has been elected president of the chapter’s board of directors effective January 1, 2019.

Coster has been a member of PRSA since 1995. She has been involved with the Maryland chapter in multiple leadership capacities over the years, including sitting on the 2018 board of directors, chairing the 2017 Best in Maryland Awards and Gala, and co-chairing the annual conference in 2004.

“It has been a pleasure to serve this last year and I look forward to taking the helm in 2019. I will miss working with those leaving the board and thank them for their dedication to PRSA MD: Kelly Stoll, treasurer, AECOM; Dan Dunne, APR, Fellow PRSA, Erickson Living; Tracy Imm, APR, Maryland Insurance Administration; and Cathy Nyce, Maryland Auto Insurance.”

The 2019 PRSA Maryland board of directors consists of:

Treasurer
Ken Smith, APR
Secretary
Christine Barnhart, APR
Immediate Past President
Claudia Ciolfi, Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Directors
Courtney Benhoff, Erickson Living
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dianna Fornaro, APR, Chesapeake Employers Insurance
Emily McDermott, Van Eperen
Debra Schindler, MedStar Health
Lauren Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications
Phillip Yerby, Weber Shandwick

Assembly Delegates
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Ken Smith, APR

Click here for bios.

About PRSA Maryland
The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) helps public relations and communications professionals stay connected professionally and personally. As part of the nation’s largest and foremost organization of communication professionals, PRSA Maryland offers networking, training, resources and support to assist members in practicing public relations at the speed of communication. For more information, please visit www.prsamd.org.

 

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors