PRSA offers a wide range of professional development, including these luncheons and webinars.

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Hotel Roanoke

    Expecting the Unexpected
    Building the Blueprints for Crisis Communication

    During an unexpected media event, creating a clear and unified channel of communication is extremely important. However, many organizations don’t have an established crisis communication plan. Joe Carpenter has had a distinguished career including 20 years as a US Navy officer where he served as a spokesperson during such crisis events as 9/11, the USS Cole Attack and other high-visibility events. Since 2013 he has served as Vice President of University Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Radford University. Joe will discuss lessons learned in Crisis Communication planning, focusing on considerations for communicators at all levels when it comes to advance planning for the next unexpected event.

    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Hotel Roanoke

    Bringing George Takei to Roanoke

    The City of Roanoke is a diverse, inclusive community with more than 100 nationalities in its population. Roanoke prides itself on welcoming all people. In fall 2015, Mayor David Bowers released a statement against admitting Syrian refugees into Virginia. City leaders turned the situation into an opportunity to enlighten citizens about the importance of diversity and inclusion by inviting actor/activist George Takei to visit Roanoke in May 2016, to speak about the over-reaction to the presence of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Melinda Mayo and Timothy Martin will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the city responded to this crisis, and share the positive outcomes that resulted. This event was recognized by the PRSA Blue Ridge Chapter with a 2016 Gold Summit Award in crisis and issues management, and by the Virginia Public Relations Awards with a 2017 Commonwealth Award of Excellence for the crisis communication.

Past events

13 Apr 2017 April Luncheon - Real News vs. Fake News
09 Feb 2017 February Luncheon - The P.R. Side of College Sports
28 Jan 2017 PRSA Mid-Atlantic Quick Start
13 Jan 2017 Pre-pay Luncheons 2017
08 Dec 2016 End of Year Networking Social
03 Nov 2016 Summit Awards Gala - 2016
13 Oct 2016 (copy) Telling Our Story... Living the Principles: Make "YOUR" Impact
13 Oct 2016 Telling Our Story... Living the Principles: Make "YOUR" Impact
11 Aug 2016 Communicating to Young Professionals
09 Jun 2016 Get Social With It! Deschutes2Roanoke@PRSA
29 Apr 2016 PRSA Media Speed Networking
14 Apr 2016 The Flint Michigan Water Crisis & VT Communications
20 Jan 2016 Pre-pay Luncheons 2016
10 Dec 2015 December Luncheon - The New Power Metrics for PR
05 Nov 2015 Summit Awards Gala - 2015
08 Oct 2015 Octobert Luncheon - Marketing & Advertising in PR
24 Sep 2015 Media Speed Mentoring
10 Sep 2015 Summit Award Online Deadline - Fee Payment
27 Aug 2015 And the Gold Summit Award Goes to... YOU!
16 Jul 2015 Media Speed Networking
11 Jun 2015 Beer Market Express
16 Apr 2015 Telling the Technology Story
12 Feb 2015 Ditch Your Pitch... Is Brand Journalism The New PR?
11 Feb 2015 Showing of "Private Violence" Documentary
07 Feb 2015 PRSA Mid-Atlantic Quick Start
15 Jan 2015 Pre-pay Luncheons 2015
11 Dec 2014 December Luncheon - What's Your Story?
07 Nov 2014 Summit Awards Gala - 2014
09 Oct 2014 October Luncheon - Crisis Communications
25 Sep 2014 PRSA Media Speed Networking Event
11 Sep 2014 Summit Award Online Deadline - Fee Payment
14 Aug 2014 August Luncheon - Customer Service 2.0
12 Jun 2014 June Luncheon - Using the Virtual World to Engage Stakeholders
10 Apr 2014 Go Figure: Making Numbers Count
04 Mar 2014 CANCELED - February Luncheon Rescheduled
01 Mar 2014 PRSA Mid-Atlantic Quick Start
03 Feb 2014 Pre-pay Luncheons 2014
14 Jan 2014 August Luncheon - Tools to Amp Up Your Influence
12 Dec 2013 The Fearless Future of PRSA - A Look at the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan
21 Nov 2013 Webinar - Reputation Management
08 Nov 2013 Summit Awards Gala - 2013
10 Oct 2013 Harnessing the Power of Digital Media - David Almacy
09 Oct 2013 Informal Gathering with October Speaker
09 Sep 2013 Summit Award Online Deadline - Fee Payment
22 Aug 2013 Webinar - Simplified Recipe for Social Media Measurement
08 Aug 2013 August Luncheon - Tools to Amp Up Your Influence
23 Jul 2013 Mix & Match Social - New River Valley
13 Jun 2013 Leadership Under Fire and the Implications for the Communicator
11 Apr 2013 The Influence of Branding and Cultural Messages on the Brain
06 Apr 2013 JMU PRSSA Presents Industry Leader Harold Burson
04 Apr 2013 Free Crisis Communications Webinar at Two Locations
14 Feb 2013 Power-up Your Personal Brand - NRV Live Stream
14 Feb 2013 Power-up Your Personal Brand
13 Dec 2012 Global Public Affairs Strategies for 21st Centry Strike Aircraft
02 Nov 2012 Summit Awards Gala
25 Oct 2012 Maximize Your E-Communication Effectivness
20 Sep 2012 Media Speed Dating
09 Aug 2012 Framing the Campaigns: Communication Strategies in the 2012 Presidential Election
21 Jun 2012 The Psychology of Decision Making and Influence of Mass Media
26 Apr 2012 The Winning Combination: Innovative Partnerships, Effective Measurement and Creative Communication Strategies
09 Feb 2012 Turning Silver into Gold: New Rules for Effectively Communicating to Baby Boomers
08 Dec 2011 National PRSA Speaker - Philip Tate
04 Nov 2011 Summit Awards Gala 2011
13 Oct 2011 What was wrong with my pitch? What would make my story "newsworthy"? How can I convince you that my idea deserves some airtime?
11 Aug 2011 Follow. Share. Post. How Social Media is Transforming Journalism and Communications
14 Jun 2011 Inside Look at Greenbrier PR Office
14 Apr 2011 Podcasting, Webcasting, and other Scary 'Techno' Things PR Should Do for Your Brand (Psst! They're Not Scary or Hard to Do). Just Tell the Boss How Amazing You Are!
17 Feb 2011 Bringing Roanoke's Outdoors Online

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