Committees

    PRSA COLORADO COMMITTEES

    Have you been watching all the excitement going on in PRSA Colorado and wondering how to be a part of it? The best networking and professional development happens on the committees that power our chapter. PRSA Colorado's committee structure is vital to our success with countless hard-working members devoting time and energy to each committee. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with our chapter, email [email protected].

    Why volunteer?
    Enhanced reputation on the job - participation in the leadership of a professional organization tells your supervisor, co-workers and clients that you take your profession and your responsibilities seriously.

    Accelerated leadership expertise - strengthen skills and abilities, including new leadership techniques. Develop hidden skills you might not get a chance to cultivate on the job.

    Expand your network - meet and share with practitioners who work in different industries and sectors.

    Shape the chapter - influence future programming and other offerings.

    Add value to your PRSA Colorado membership - learn more about the benefits offered by PRSA at the chapter, district and national levels.

    Maintain accreditation - the simplest and most rewarding way to earn APR maintenance credits.

    COMMUNICATIONS:

    The communications committee publicizes chapter activities and member accomplishments, including chapter events, resources, honors and awards. Our team manages the chapter e-newsletter; blog; and social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. We strategically consider how to best coordinate the flow of information about the chapter to our members and the community in general, including implementing new mediums for messaging, such as video. Additionally, our editorial volunteers review all copy to ensure compliance with AP style standards.

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

    The committee provides opportunities for chapter members to support local communities including the planning and execution of an annual program to deliver PR/communications assistance to area nonprofits.

    PRSSA/STUDENT OUTREACH:

    The PRSSA/student outreach committee serves as a liaison to local PRSSA chapters and schools with PR/communications programs. This committee coordinates at least one student program per year, builds relationships with PRSSA chapters and other PR groups at universities and colleges within the chapter service area, assists in providing speakers for PRSSA meetings and other non-PRSSA groups, and strongly encourages PRSA associate membership and chapter membership after college graduation.

    AWARDS

    GOLD PICK:

    The Gold Pick committee handles the chapter’s Special Awards program for outstanding service to the chapter and profession, and is also responsible for all aspects of the annual Gold Pick Awards event including call for entries, reciprocal judging, event coordination and management. The Gold Pick Awards recognize the best of the best in Colorado communications campaigns and components.

    MEMBER SERVICES

    ACCREDITATION:

    The accreditation committee promotes Universal Accreditation within the chapter and encourages eligible members to participate in the exam process. This committee supports candidates as they prepare to take the accreditation exam, schedules the written and oral portions of the accreditation exam and arranges for oral examining teams composed of three accredited members.

    MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT/RETENTION:

    The membership committee supports the chapter in attracting and retaining members, including graduating PRSSA members, new professionals and seasoned practitioners. We implement recruitment and retention activities and promotions provided to us by PRSA National and those developed at our chapter level; welcome and follow-up with guests and new members; recruit chapter volunteers; and promote friendly relations and connections among members.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL EVENTS:

    The programs/social events committee plans, promotes and stages the professional development programs for regular chapter meetings, in addition to scheduling occasional social events including the leadership garden party and holiday party. This committee secures speakers and panelists for programs, makes all advance arrangements with speakers, obtains biographical information for introductions, works with the communications committee to promote and publicize the meeting, and makes recommendations to the board for the planning of professional development programs and social events throughout the year.

    CHAPTER SUMMIT:

    The Chapter Summit committee plans, promotes and stages the annual Summit, a full-day professional development and networking event. In addition, the committee schedules speakers, panelists or other program activities, including making all advance arrangements with speakers and obtaining biographical information for introductions and promoting and publicizing the event.

    CHAPTER WELLNESS

    DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

    The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) committee is committed to building consciousness by increasing visibility of D&I standards, resources and best practices for racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences, as well as diverse skill sets, mindsets and cultures at all levels of the organization.

    SPONSORSHIPS:

    The sponsorship committee is charged with raising money for PRSA Colorado to fund the budget as developed by the PRSA Colorado Board. The committee determines the sponsorship benefits each year and develops a list of potential sponsors. Committee members use their passion, skills and connections to contact and secure sponsorship prospects. The time spent on this committee will help the member with sales and persuasion skills.  Most importantly, members know their successes in raising funds ensure the viability of our organization. Working on this committee is critical to the longevity of PRSA Colorado, helping to support relevant programming and the best possible experience for its members and others in the local communications community.

    CONNECTS GROUPS

    OVERVIEW:

    PRSA Colorado Connects is a suite of targeted groups focused either geographically or vocationally. Meet-ups are coordinated by one or two facilitators who identify host locations for events, develop event topics and identify guest speakers (as needed), develop promotional content and coordinate with the communications team for outreach, share chapter news and information at events, and oversee the events.

    EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATORS:

    The PRSA Connects Employee Communicators group is a quarterly roundtable discussion on current trends and issues affecting local internal/employee communications professionals. 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.

    36 CORRIDOR COMMUNICATORS:

    This is an informal networking event with fellow communicators along the 36 corridor. The idea? If the zombie apocalypse descends, we should have some contacts in the area to lean on. We generally get around to discussing our job roles, how to work across social/internal, industry analysts, awards, and everyone’s favorite topic – crisis comms! Each quarter, we meet up to debate a new topic.

    NEW PROFESSIONALS:

    New Professionals are a dedicated group of new professionals (a mix of young pros, professionals in the midst of career change, and those looking to stay sharp on PR trends). Our group gets together about once a month for happy hours, panels, professional development workshops, and more to help cultivate our PR skills and provide a network where we can all come together to collaborate. 

    MASTER PRACTITIONERS:

    The Master Practitioners Connects Group is open to senior-level public relations professionals who offer their years of knowledge as well as their expertise to PRSA Colorado leadership. Master Practitioners are available to provide senior-level counsel on local and national issues related to public relations and the media. Topics may include recognition of effective crisis response, ethical practice, misrepresentation of the profession, response to practitioners being held accountable by national media, and others. Meetings are held quarterly or as needed based on issues the group is asked to address.

    NORTH I-25 COMMUNICATORS:

    The North I-25 Communicators Connects Group is a place for chapter members and other public relations and communications professionals located in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming to network and address topics unique to the area. Quarterly meetings rotate between Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and other cities along the north I-25 corridor.

    SOUTH METRO COMMUNICATORS:

    The PRSA Connects South Metro group is a networking group for PR and communications professionals that live or work in the Denver south metro area.  From touring local businesses to sharing best practices and discussing the latest news and trends in our industry, this group is a great opportunity to get to know other professionals in your area.

    SOUTHWEST COMMUNICATORS:

    The SW Communicators share networking opportunities and PR discussions with local PRSA Colorado members and communicators located in the southwest region of Denver.  Timely and relevant discussion topics are determined in advance of each bimonthly event, and arranged, organized and promoted by the co-chairs who also secure the venue and follow-up with the board liaison and administration at PRSA Colorado.