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October 10, 2018

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Annual Membership Meeting: Influencer Mix & Mingle, Oct. 17

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Denver Press Club for an evening of inspiration, networking and sharing with colleagues and influencers at PRSA Colorado’s 2nd Annual Influencer Mix & Mingle. The event is also the chapter's Annual Membership Meeting, where we will formally elect new 2019 board members.

Register now for early-bird pricing.

Michael Hess, founder and executive director of the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT), will leave you inspired when he presents an abbreviated version of his Four Sightless Principles of Communication Workshop — a multi-sensory, experiential, team-building communications workshop.
Come prepared to engage with some of Denver’s most recognized business influencers this market has to offer. They’ll share tips on how to engage with influencers and tweet, snap or vlog your way to new audiences.
Members will also have a chance to vote for the following new board candidates:

Executive Committee:
  • President Elect:  Geoff Renstrom - Attune Public Relations
Directors (two-year term):
  • Robert Austin, APR - Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank
  • Tassi Herrick - Linhart Public Relations
  • Marisa Pooley, APR - AIA Colorado
This is a great event to mingle with the new board, engage with influencers and network with fellow practitioners.
Influencer Mix & Mingle
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80204
Early-bird member pricing $35

The Engagement Algorithm & How It Can Work for You

Join your North I-25 colleagues for a brief presentation and mastermind session on the major changes social media platforms have been going through the last year. We all know Facebook has prioritized engagement in the algorithm, but what does that actually mean for you? How can you create content that encourages engagement? And what about other platforms?

Do you have something to add to the conversation? Come ready to share and ask questions – let’s get our Mastermind on! RSVP to Chrissi Gilepsie at
Thursday, Oct. 18, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Loveland Chamber of Commerce
5400 Stone Creek Circle
Loveland, CO 80538

Young Pros Happy Hour: Digital Detox, Oct. 25

Take a “digital detox” on Oct. 25 and join members of PRSA Colorado’s Young Professional committee as they focus on skill-building.
Young pros are often called upon for their digital aptitude. Time to take a break and share best practices as they relate to improving your ability to be a top-notch PR pro. No phones or laptops allowed!

Unwind from your digital devices and discuss ways to sharpen your proficiency in media relations, client presentations, brainstorming, employee collaboration and interpersonal skills.
The Happy Hour is free for communication professionals to attend, but please register in advance. For more information, contact
Dani Row or Kali Platt.
Young Pros Happy Hour
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Register here
Govnr's Park Tavern
672 Logan Street
Denver, CO 80203

Employee Communications Roundtable Connecting on Nov. 8

Join fellow internal/employee communications professionals for a roundtable discussion on current trends and issues affecting your role. From sharing the best tools to reaching a dispersed workforce to offering trends in video for employee communication, this local network is a valuable resource for any internal comms pro. The 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
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
6340 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
$10 Member, $20 Non-member

PRSA Colorado Delegates Represent Chapter in Austin: Two Proposed Bylaws Pass

Five representatives from the chapter traveled to Austin for PRSA’s Leadership Assembly on Oct. 6, ahead of the annual International Conference (ICON). The delegation was among the 110 chapters whose members voted on a slate of six proposed bylaw amendments. Among the amendments that passed were an update to the definition of a “member in good standing” and the establishment of a grievance procedure for the organization. You can read about the Assembly and the bylaws passed in the PRSA Newsroom.

Thank you to the Colorado Chapter members who offered input on the proposed bylaws. If you have questions about the bylaw vote, please contact delegates
Teresa Dougherty, APR, Heather Johnson, Nicole Yost or Michelle Ellis or President-elect Elizabeth Jumel, APR.

Call for Speakers, PRSA Western District Conference

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Western District Conference will be held April 10 - 12, 2019, in downtown Phoenix. The conference will be hosted by the PRSA Phoenix Chapter and seeks breakout session speakers and panelists from around the U.S., PRSA members and non-members alike, for a variety of topics relating to the public relations industry. Click here to apply and/or share with your colleagues and professional associations. The proposal deadline is Friday, Nov. 16.

Priority will be given to proposals that are visionary, forward-thinking and new. The official conference hashtag will be #PRMatters and attendees are particularly interested in resources and learning opportunities within the following subject categories:
  • Advocacy: communicating the role and value of public relations; issues in public relations
  • The Business Case for Public Relations: educating key audiences about public relations’ roles and outcomes, tactics and strategies; demonstrating the strategic value of public relations; research and measurement tools
  • The C’s of Public Relations, including and not limited to: catalysts of change, community, communications, crises, convergence, creativity, content, collaboration, character, confidence and management control
  • Communities: exchange of ideas, strengthening relationships among constituents, with the media and other partners
  • Diversity and Inclusion: champion diversity of thought, cultures, disciplines, ideals, gender and age; benefits of diversity and inclusion; reaching niche audiences
  • Education: lifelong learning; practical and professional guidance; business and management principles
  • Ethics: comment on different vehicles on current issues having ethical implications for the profession; topical analyses and case studies
  • Excellence: innovation; motivation; emerging trends; maintaining a knowledge-based culture; collaboration; best practices
Please read through the proposal guidelines carefully to ensure that your application meets the criteria. Also, consider sharing with your colleagues and professional associations (and post on your/their social media accounts, too, if permissible).

PRSA Fall Triple Play Promotion is Back: Good Time to Join

PRSA’s Triple Play is back. Tell your communication colleagues this is the time to join PRSA! Get a free membership to the Colorado Chapter, a free Professional Interest Section membership and your initiation fee is waived if you join by Nov. 30. Use code FALL18 when applying.  
Remind your colleagues of the member benefits and the opportunities of growing your professional network!

PRSA Colorado Media Roundtable

PRSA Colorado: 10 Takeaways from the Media Roundtable

The annual PRSA Colorado Media Roundtable is one of the most popular events of the year among members, and this year’s program didn’t disappoint!
Check out the
Top 10 Takeaways your fellow members learned at the Sept. 26 luncheon from local reporters, producers and editors!

Chris Chavez, member, PRSA Colorado

Member Chat with Chris Chavez: More than 25 Years of PRSA Connections

It’s well known that PRSA provides an invaluable platform for professional development and networking opportunities for PR Pros. But for member Chris Chavez, the relationships he has built over his 27-year membership have provided him with so much more.
Chris is one of several chapter leaders who are helping us commemorate our 60th Anniversary. Learn more about how you can contribute to our 
Diamond Anniversary Digital Time Capsule and our $60 for 60 Fund.
Check out our
Member Chat with Chris Chavez where we talk to Chris about how his involvement in PRSA and how the connections he’s made have influenced more than just his career path!

Member Guest Blog: Four Tips for Ethical Decision-making

Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma at work and had to counsel your client or organization on what to do next? When it comes to communication and reputation management, PR pros are on the front line for ethical guidance. But how can you prepare for potential ethical mishaps? Dallas Chapter member Amanda Hill recently wrote about her experience and offers four tips for making ethical decisions.

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