Welcome to PRSA Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional association serving Central and Southwest Virginia public relations practitioners. Since 1992, the chapter strives to bring together professionals to enhance the practice, provide an exchange of experiences and ideals, and promote professional development.


Communicating to Young Professionals
uncheon - August 11at 12:00pm

Engaging young professionals is crucial to recruiting and retaining talent to grow our region. It’s an issue that’s long been talked about – why do so many college graduates leave for bigger markets, including those in PR?

 That’s the reason for eXperience YP, a conference to connect and empower young professionals in the Roanoke and New River valleys to strengthen our communities socially and economically.

What started as a one-day event has blossomed into a year-long movement centered around an annual gathering every spring to showcase the quality of life in our region as well as the career and philanthropic opportunities available to young people.

Join us for the next chapter luncheon at noon on August 11 as the two eXperience co-chairs, Taylor Ricotta and Greg Danahy, join us for a panel discussion about the outlook for young professionals in our region, how to best communicate to young professionals and what we can do as PRSA members to foster YPs and mentorships throughout the region. They’ll share data from the eXperience conference and PR best practices that were used to create a successful event for this important audience.

This luncheon is sponsored by AEP.

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Ethics Exercise from February

What Values and Provisions Would you Choose?

At our last luncheon, Douglas Cannon presented an ethics exercise right out of the news headlines. Take a read and decide how you would handle each situation.

Download Ethics Exercise

2016 Board Elected

In December 2015, the Blue Ridge PRSA membership inducted the 2016 board of directors at its December chapter meeting. The following individuals will serve on the board:

President - Betsy Parkins
President -Elect - Jen Ward
Treasurer - Scott Ramsburg
Secretary – Teresa Hall
Director at-Large (2015-2016) - Alison Hammond
Director at-Large (2015-2016) - Catherine Fox
Director-at-Large (2016-2018) - Josh Meyer
Director-at-Large (2016-2018) - Adedayo Abah

Are You Ready to be a Leader?

Are you a leader? Would you like to consider a future leadership role as a committee chair? Or would you like to get involved as a committee member or on a special initiative/event?

Please let the current chapter leadership know by filling out this chapter involvement form and returning it to President Betsy Parkins at ejparkins@carilionclinic.org


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Upcoming events

11 Aug 2016 11:00 AM (EDT) • Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 212 - 108 N Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24011


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