President's Letter: Feb. 2020

Welcome to the new Akron Area PRSA monthly e-newsletter! We are thrilled to launch this refreshed member communication, alongside our new website at

We have a dedicated group of chapter leaders who are working to build an exciting year of professional development activities, including next month’s 13th annual YouToo Social Media Conference on Friday, March 13. Registration is open and the topic and speaker line-ups are impressive so don’t miss this opportunity to learn a new skill or retool in this ever-changing industry.

I want to mention the addition of the Canton Area division to our chapter. This special section will provide practitioners in our southern region with peer-based support and professional growth through educational programming and networking opportunities. Any communication practitioners, students and guests – regardless of location -- are invited to join these programs which provide a value-added benefit for all our members and friends. I want to thank our inaugural co-chairs Whitney Prather and Suzanne Thomas, APR, for their service to our chapter and community.

Without adding too much more for you to read, I want to make one more point in my introductory note of the year. This is your chapter! We are here to serve you. So we need to and want to hear from you! If you have ideas for programs or you want to volunteer to serve on a committee, please reach out. This year’s board is one of the most interested and innovative teams I’ve worked with, and they want involvement from our membership. If you aren’t sure how you can serve, read this space each month for an ask. We are seeking volunteers to help write web content. If you are willing, reach out to Website Chair Arielle Helena Campanalie.