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August 1, 2018

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Tommy Spaulding

Lead the Way: Sunset for Students - An Evening with Tommy Spaulding, Aug. 15
Take your PR leadership skills to the next level with Tommy Spaulding, leadership expert and national best-selling author.
Join us Wednesday, Aug. 15, for one of PRSA Colorado’s most celebrated events. This special evening will give you the tools to be effective leaders in your role as a PR pro – wherever you might be in your career progression. Spaulding will give his insight on building deep and lasting relationships from a heart-led perspective. This is your chance to see this national speaker in an intimate forum.  Proceeds benefit the CSU/CU PRSSA Chapters and their goal to attend the National Conference in October. 
The evening includes a dessert bar, and each attendee will receive a copy of Spaulding’s latest book, “The Heart Led Leader.”
Click here to learn more about the event and how you can become a PRBuffs Fan or a PRRams Fan.
Lead the Way: Sunset for Students
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Register here
Tivoli Center
900 Auraria Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204


Jim Licko

Young Pros Happy Hour Series Convenes Aug. 21: Blurring the Lines Between PR, Marketing and Advertising with Jim Licko
Jim Licko, managing partner and co-founder of CenterTable, a sister agency to GroundFloor Media, will be the special guest for this month’s Young Pros Happy Hour on Aug. 21 at Linger.
As former Vice President of GroundFloor, Jim has more than a decade of communications experience, with a wide range of expertise including crisis management, consumer PR, public affairs and social media strategy and implementation. His background as a former journalist lends to his skills as a communicator and allows him to keep a pulse on the always-changing media environment. Jim will discuss how today’s practitioners must navigate the blurred lines between PR, marketing and advertising.
The Young Pros Happy Hour Series is an informal monthly meet-up of communication professionals with a focus on discussing trends in our industry and issues in our careers. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested.
Young Pros Happy Hour Series
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Register here
2030 W. 30th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

Employee Communications Roundtable Breakfast, Aug. 28
Join fellow internal/employee communications professionals for a roundtable discussion on current trends and issues affecting your role. From sharing the best tools to reach a dispersed workforce to trends in video for employee communication, this local network is a valuable resource for any internal comms pro.

Our quarterly roundtable discussion is hosted by a different member each time with light breakfast and coffee available. For more information, contact Megan Ryan.
Employee Communications Roundtable
Tuesday, Aug. 28 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Register here
Piton Foundation
1705 17th St., Suite 200 (In the front lobby, walk to elevators behind the TVs)
Denver, CO
$10 Member, $20 Non-member

Attention Pros: Reciprocal Judging Sign-up Underway, Aug. 6-24
Each year, our chapter makes reciprocal judging arrangements with other chapters as part of our Gold Pick Awards program. This year, we’ve partnered with the Oklahoma City Chapter for reciprocal judging for the “Upper Case Awards.”  We anticipate that more than 100 campaign entries will require experienced PR professionals from our chapter to review and judge their merit based on research, planning, implementation and evaluation.

The deadline to complete the judging is Friday, Aug. 24.
Please support our chapter by volunteering to be a reciprocal judge. By serving as a judge, you will be treated to innovative campaigns, strategies and tactics, and you will benefit by sharing your expertise with other members. It only takes a few hours of your time. 

Sign-up is easy. Electronic forms and accessible links to the campaigns will be sent upon registration. The judging period runs from Aug. 6 - Aug. 24.
For more information about reciprocal judging, contact Dustin Moody or James Cullen.

Call for Nominations to Chapter Board Open Through Aug. 13
We’re kicking off the process to determine the Chapter’s leadership team for next year. Take advantage of one of the best professional development opportunities PRSA Colorado offers by nominating yourself or another chapter member for the 2019 PRSA Colorado Board of Directors. As a leader for PRSA Colorado, you will not only benefit by taking a greater role in shaping the chapter’s strategy, activities and influence, you will gain from greater exposure to the industry and industry pros. Board membership is an
opportunity to enhance your skills as a practitioner and build your career by becoming a leader.
The 2019 Board positions open for nominations are:
  • President-Elect (one open position – will serve a three-year term through 2021)
  • Director (three open positions – will serve a two-year term through 2020)
To nominate yourself or another Chapter member, please complete the nomination form, and include five signatures from current Chapter members. Mail, email or fax the completed form to the PRSA Colorado office. Nominations are open through 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13. PRSA Colorado members will vote at the annual election meeting during the October luncheon. For more information, contact Renee Robinson.


Chapter Leaders Emphasize Commitment to PRSA, Look Forward to Assembly
In anticipation of the upcoming 2018 Leadership Assembly, PRSA Colorado leaders reaffirm their commitment to the Society’s vision, leadership and practices and adherence to the code of ethics. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s bylaw amendment proposals and details on how your feedback will be integral to delegates as they vote on your behalf in October. Read more here.

Member Guest Blog Series: 3 Steps to Communicating Through Contention
As PR practitioners, we often find ourselves preparing for what happens next. That defensive position, says member Ashley Campbell, can distract from efforts to maximize opportunities and proactively minimize issues. In her recent blog for LinhartPR, Campbell lays out three strategies for communicating in contentious environments. Read on.
We’re interested in what you have to say. Submit your guest blog on social media using #prsacolo or email us at

Share The Benefits: PRSA’s Summer Promo
It's a great time to join PRSA! Share the SUMMER18 membership promotion with colleagues and prospects. New members who sign up by Aug. 31 with promo code SUMMER18 will receive a waived $65 initiation fee and a $25 Amazon gift card. Help heat up a Colorado colleague’s career by sharing this SUMMER18 PRSA membership opportunity.

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