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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

Special Thank You to Our Volunteer Judges!

In April, we put the call out for volunteers to help judge the Agriculture Relations Council Golden ARC Awards. These volunteers not only heeded the call but went above and beyond to get it all done.

 A HUGE THANK YOU TO:

Christine Barnhart APR 

Lisa Brusio Coster, Coster Communications, LTD

Malissa Carroll, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Rebecca Ceraul, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

David Curley, Sandy Hillman Communications

Jeffrey Davis APR, Van Eperen*

Laurie Farrell, Mission Street Communications

David Harrison, Harrison Communications

Shawn Herne, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc.

Ashlene Larson, Planit*

Tia Malloy, Conteur Communications*

Allison Skipper Mayer APR, Maryland Department of Commerce

Kaitlyn McCoach, Weber Shandwick

Erika Murray     

Amanda Wolfe, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Phillip Yerby, Weber Shandwick*

*Special TX to Jeff Davis, Ashlene Larson, Tia Malloy, and Phill Yerby for taking on extra entries at that last minute!

What’s next? Celebrating our Best in Maryland Awards! Call for Entries is open now! Click here for more information on how to get your entries in today!

Meet Chapter Volunteer David Harrison

This month, we caught up with volunteer David Harrison. David is the 2019 Best in Maryland Chair (a position he’s held twice before) and a past board member and chapter president. 

In his day job, David is principal of Harrison Communications, specializing in overall communications strategy, earned, social and owned media primarily for professional associations. 

When and why did you first join PRSA?
I joined when I was new to the field in 2000, primarily for networking.

What do you enjoy most about being a board member or volunteers?
When I first chaired BIM in 2015, we saw an opportunity to rejuvenate the program and encourage new people to become active in the chapter. I have since served on the board and as president. This year, I’m excited to chair BIM again and we have a new twist on the event that’s going to make it fresh and fun. BIM is the one opportunity we all have every year to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the great work of our PR community and connect with each other.

How did you become your own boss? 
Going out on my own was a professional passion I wanted to pursue. I wanted to be entrepreneurial, and I just jumped into the cold water. That was 12 years ago, and I’m very happy.

What do you love most about the PR field?
Every once in a while, you really can cause positive change. An example is a project I recently worked on with Abel Communications for the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team, the Flying Queens. Our goal was make the program more visible as they pursued enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Our work has been credited with helping to achieve that goal; I’m excited that the team will be enshrined later this summer.

How do you define success?
I separate personal and professional success. Professional success is everything that it indicates: career growth and financial goals. Personally, it’s about feeling good about who you are, being a strong spouse, parent, family member and friend.

Who inspires you?
David Letterman. He’s naturally funny, incredibly gifted, but also – admittedly — flawed. He is constantly evolving and improving himself. Clearly, his life’s ambition was to host the “Tonight Show,” but when it didn’t happen, he found a new path.

What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month?
How to throw an axe! (see photo)

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
I’ve never met a microphone I didn’t like. I served as the “voice of god” at an association conference, and I love the stage production aspect of conferences.

What’s the last book you read?
The biography, Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman. I found it fascinating.

Where did you grow up and where would you like to retire?
I grew up in Pikesville (MD) and I would like to retire at a beach. TBD – I can’t even think about it!

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A 24-hour Las Vegas buffet

Contact David at 
Harrison Communications
david@harrisoncommunications.net
410-804-1728
@harrisoncomm

You Make it #Real – Thank you PRSA MD Volunteers

PRSA Maryland is fueled by members who give time to create programs and connect members. From our Board to committees to one-time and short gigs, member volunteers put on

  • Monthly events (check out April 23 WBAL-TV event)
  • Coffee Withs
  • APR Prep
  • Mentoring
  • Student Outreach
  • 1-day Signature Conference (Coming July 18)
  • Best In Maryland Awards & Gala (entries due in August, party in December)
  • And more.

So a special Thank you to our 2019 Volunteers – Lisa Coster, Kenneth R. Smith, APR, Christine Pieri Barnhart, M.S., APR, Claudia Ciolfi, Courtney Benhoff, Jeffrey Davis, Emily McDermott, Dianna Fornaro, M.A., APR, Debra Schindler, Lauren Walbert, Phillip Alonzo Yerby, Cathy Nyce, Laurie Farrell, David Harrison, Steph Vander Veen, MS, Angie Hamlet, Jessie Krebs, Tia Malloy, Lindsay McFarland, Danielle Minor, Erika Murray, Danita Terry, Adam Yosim!

And let us not forget all our past volunteers who have helped shape the Chapter into what it is today! We’re better because of you!

NVW volunteering

PRSA Maryland Member Spotlight: Lauren Walbert

This month, we talked to Maryland Chapter member Lauren Walbert. Lauren is Vice President of Sandy Hillman Communications, and has been an active volunteer serving on the PRSA Maryland Board of Directors since 2017.

How long have you been a member of PRSA and why did you join? I joined in 2015 at the urging of co-worker Dave Curley, who was tasked on asking me by past president Claudie Ciolfi. I had been considering joining a professonal group since I moved to Baltimore eight years ago. I joined because PRSA offers growth opportunities, events, and a community to meet other practitioners.

I was not a PRSSA member because my college, La Salle University (Phila.) didn’t have a chapter.  So, I started a PR club as a student. The club helped other LaSalle clubs or groups promote their events. 

 

What do you enjoy most about being a board member and volunteering? Being involved with a group opens me up to new world of colleagues who are also working in the field, providing a broader sense of the community in Baltimore and Maryland.

What is your current position at Hillman? I am a vice president of the lifestyle division, representing our consuming-facing clients. A sampling of our client list includes Diamond Resorts (a timeshare company with properties all over the world) and United Way of Central Maryland.

What do you love most about the PR field? I enjoy a little bit of everything and that I can place great stories in coveted outlets. I get to play a consultant role on different issues, coordinate events, write, and travel a little.  I do it all because Sandy Hillman Communications is a smaller company.

How do you define success? Overall, success is to be happy. On a professional level, making clients happy means placing the big story or orchestrating the big opening and securing the right media. Happiness is about making sure you can do it all while making time for other things in life, too.

Who inspires you? Our owner Sandy Hillman is my professional inspiration.  She’s done so many incredible things and has taught me about being a professional in Baltimore and about life.

Personally, my twin four-year-old daughters are my inspiration. Children have a different perspective on the world and life. They often make me stop and think about what’s important and re-prioritize.

What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month? I just listened to an interesting podcast called WorkLife with Adam Grant. The episode was about personality and explored what being an introvert or an extrovert could mean for your work life. As it turns out, there are many levels of being introverted and extroverted, and everyone draws energy from the people around them (even introverts!) And, there are ways to stretch beyond your innate personality traits. If you’re interested, listen here.

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know? I’m really into yoga and I practice Ashtanga, a modern arm of classical yoga. It is supposed to be done at dawn, so I try to get to the gym every morning. But, since the class starts at 6:00 a.m., I don’t always make it.

What’s the last book you read? A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne which has a current event link to the author A.J. Finn, a.k.a. Dan Mallory. The book was lyrical, interesting and had great character development.  Currently, I am reading the murder mystery about the “Golden State Killer” entitled, I’ll be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara with an introduction by Gillian Flynn (who wrote Gone Girl).

Where did you grow up and where would you like to retire? I grew up in South Jersey outside Atlantic City. Where to retire?  I have no idea, but I think near the water.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tacos!

Connect with Lauren via LinkedIn or by Email

 

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors