Here are just some of the reasons to join PRSA:
Stay on Top of Emerging Trends and Industry News:
- PRSA Issues and Trends contains industry trends and is delivered straight to your inbox each morning.
- Public Relations Tactics, PRSA’s award-winning, monthly newspaper, provides essential tips from PR experts.
- The Strategist magazine delivers executive-level competitive insight.
- Public Relations Journal, our online journal, showcases original research.
Extend Your Network While Increasing Your Knowledge:
- PRSA Kansas delivers your membership experience within the Wichita community.
- Professional Interest Sections focus on issues, trends and research in specialized practice areas and industries.
- PRSA’s RFP Exchange allows you to search and post your own RFPs to grow your business opportunities.
- MyPRSA lets you access and manage your members-only benefits including our directories and e-groups.
Keep Learning and Stay Competitive:
- Access our members-only database of case studies, articles and research.
- Attend free and discounted learning and networking events.
- PRSA’s Jobcenter helps you make your next career move, plus receive job alerts and access career advice.
- Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the only professional public relations certification program, lets you distinguish yourself and gain a professional edge.
- PRSA’s prestigious awards programs, including Silver Anvil, get you recognized for your excellence and accomplishments.
Board of Directors
President: Heather Welch
President Elect: Eric Wilson
Immediate Past President and Treasurer: Mary Beth Chambers
Secretary: Tristan Carter
At-Large: Jamie Opat, APR
At-Large: Jennifer Strong Worrell
At-Large: Delane Butler
At-Large: Kathy Lefler
Public Relations Chair: Susan Dyer
By-Laws Chair: Teresa Veazey
APR Chair: Cynthia Wentworth
Communications Chair: Jennica King
Diversity Chair: Lisa Parcell
At-Large: Angela Cato
Accredited in Public Relations (APR)
The Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential is valuable to those practitioners who earn it; to the agencies, clients and organizations they represent; and, perhaps most importantly, to the public relations profession itself.
Recognized Standard. Established in 1964, the Accreditation Program is the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. It measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communications theory and its application; establishes advanced capabilities in research, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct. The skills acquired through the process are applicable to any industry or practice area. Currently, more than 5,000 professionals from the agency, corporate, association and education fields hold the APR mark, Harold Burson and Daniel J. Edelman notable among them. Granting of APR is overseen by the Universal Accreditation Board.
Promotes Lifelong Learning. All APRs are required to complete continuing education programs, pursue volunteer work or pursue other professional development activities to keep their skills sharp and their Accredited status active.
Career Enhancement. Unlike other professional certifications, such as CPA, Accreditation in Public Relations is a voluntary demonstration of competency; as such, it reflects a strong commitment to the profession. Earning Accreditation also provides a distinction that can set individuals apart and open doors to career advancement and higher compensation.
Positive for Public Relations. Our profession is among the most misunderstood and criticized. Through their high professional and ethical standards, Accredited professionals contribute to greater understanding of public relations as a vital management function, and undermine those who would refer to our craft as spin, our professionals as flacks, and our currency as misrepresentation and disinformation
Scholarship assistance for APR candidates is available from both the Kansas Chapter and the Southwest District of PRSA. For information, contact the Chapter’s APR Chair, Cynthia Wentworth.
New Mentoring Program
PRSA Kansas is launching a mentor program for new members. If you would like to be a mentor to new members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the mentor program will be member retention, by giving new members a familiar name and face, and a touch point to get and stay involved.
How It Works
We envision this being an informal, but friendly relationship. We will match you up to new members as they join PRSA Kansas based on new member industry preferences, and send you their contact info. You might start by introducing yourself and your organization via an email. Before meetings and events you might casually invite your mentee, or chat with them, save them a seat at meetings, etc. The goal of the mentor program will be member retention, by giving new members a familiar name and face, and a touch point to get and stay involved.
Top 10 Reasons to Join PRSA
1. Advance as a Professional – PRSA Professional Development gives you the highest value at the most reasonable prices for on-site seminars and conferences, teleseminars and e-Learning. Some are even free! We also offer the most dynamic annual gathering in the industry – the International Conference. All of these learning opportunities, along with the ability to become Accredited in Public Relations (APR), are available to help you sharpen your skills and advance your career.
2. Join a Nationwide Network of Chapters, Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups – As a public relations professional belonging to PRSA, you are rooted in an effective Member Code of Professional Ethics that is dedicated to inclusiveness through a network of more than 100 Chapter nationwide. You can choose to multiply the effectiveness of your membership by joining a practice-specific Professional Interest Section or Affinity Group. As a member, you have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in your local public relations community and be a strong advocate for your profession.
3. Enjoy and Learn from PRSA’s Award-Winning Media – Members receive two instrumental PR publications. The Strategist is a must-read quarterly magazine for senior level practitioners, and Public Relations Tactics is a wide-ranging monthly tabloid newspaper written by seasoned professionals in a snappy, easy-to-read format. PRSA’s resource-rich website offers a comprehensive guide of the organization as well as its programs and products. The website also features online versions of PR Tactics and The Strategist.
4. Manage Your Career – At PRSA’s JobCenter, you can view job openings in the profession and you’re your resume. Our Diversity PRos feature offers both candidates and employers the opportunity to identify special skills obtained through experience, special training or personal interests. You can also utilize Career ToolsTM, a job search assistance and career management tool.
5. Find a Mentor – Need advice from a seasoned professional? The Mentoring program offered through the College of Fellows provides guidance by phone or email from Accredited professionals with 20 or more years of experience. The New Professionals Affinity Group also offers a mentor program to its members.
6. PRC Search Answers Your Public Relations Research Questions – Free to PRSA members, this quick and easy research method is accessible right from your desk. Our Professional Resource Center maintains bibliographic references to thousands of editorial abstracts from the Society’s periodicals and publications, including more than 4,000 Silver and Bronze Anvil campaign files.
7. PR Issues & Trends – This daily news monitoring service reports on industry trends, advocacy and other issues impacting the profession and the professional. It is a review of the day’s most relevant stories and is emailed to members each business day.
8. Be Recognized for your Work – The skills and reputation of your organization can be improved and celebrated through the Silver Anvil and Bronze Anvil Awards programs. These programs recognize the best in public relations practices and tactics. In additional to Chapter awards that recognize your individual work on a community basis, prestigious national awards are also given each year including the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award, the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, the Public Relations Professional of the Year Award, the Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA and the highest individual annual award – the coveted Gold Anvil.
9. Exclusive Member Rates and Members-Only Services – Your membership allows you exclusive access to the entire database of PRSA members plus members-only services and products. You are eligible for special rates on teleconferencing services, car rentals, office supplies and air freight. In addition, you may apply for a PRSA Member credit card and business and general liability insurance.
10. Be a Leader through PRSA: Advance the Profession – Take advantage of the effective, challenging and rewarding avenues for leadership that are open to all, ranging from local hands-on involvement at the Chapter level to national visibility.