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PRSA Houston PR Day, Holiday Party Price Discounts Extended

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PR Day Standard Pricing Rates Extended! Register Before Thanksgiving!


If you have not yet registered for PR Day 2010, you’re in luck! Standard Registration pricing rates have been extended until 10:00 a.m., November 24 for Houston’s premiere PR professional development event. Late registration starts November 25.


Keynote Speakers
Headlining as keynote speakers are Houston entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of PaperCITY Magazine Becca Cason Thrash and global CEO and Chairman of Hill & Knowlton Paul Taaffe. The event will kick-off with an exclusive Q&A session with Thrash conducted by Shelby Hodge, editor-at-large of CultureMap


Taaffe, who has spent more than 20 years consulting on transnational communications and as an advisor to companies and leaders facing complex and difficult issues, will offer his wisdom to PR Day 2010 luncheon guests.


Other session and panels include:

  • BYOB: Build Your Own Brand
    Ed Schipul, CEO, Schipul The Web Marketing Co.
  • Personal Branding, Power of Blogging
    Andy Lark, vice president, Dell
  • Is There an App for That?
    Kelsey Ruger, Vice President of Operations, ChaiONE
  • The Tough Stuff: from BP to Tiger, to Toyota
    Terry Hemeyer, professor, Rice University
  • Tweeting Your Way to Your Next PR Job
    David Casey, marketing communications manager,  The Ammerman Experience
  • Opinionated? When to Speak Out
    Monica Danna, founder of colab
  • The Sound of the Future
    Cruze, RFCMedia
  • Government Media Relations Panel, moderated by Kim Padgett, president, The Padgett Group
  • Small Business Roundtable: How to Start Your Own Business, moderated by Philip Morabito, founder and CEO, Pierpont Communications
  • Media Panel: Keeping up with Change - Get Onboard or Get Left Behind, moderated by Yolanda Green, community relations director, host of Outlook Houston and Going Green, KIAH Ch. 39  

Register online now


Download the Registration Form

Scheduled for November 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, PR Day 2010 promises to be an exceptional opportunity for professional development for new and veteran Communications/PR professionals looking to enhance their career with information on best practices, cultural trends, and the latest tools of the trade.


Thank you to our generous door prize donors! We’ve got some great goodies this year, including:


·         2 Holiday Home Tour tickets – donated by DoubleDimond Public

·         4 tickets to Ensemble Theatre’s production of Gee’s Bend
     Ensemble Theatre

·         4 tickets to Ensemble Theatre’s production of Cinderella
     Ensemble Theatre

·         2 Gift certificates for 2 tickets of a production of your choice –
     Ensemble Theatre

·         Overnight stay at The Houstonian – The Houstonian Club & Spa

·         12 Guest Passes to The Houston Health Museum – The Houston
     Health Museum

·         HP iPAQ III Classic Handheld Personal Organizer – Halliburton

·         1 week in a Lexus – Hopkins & Associates

·         Autographed Houston Texans Player photo – Houston Texans

·         Afternoon Tea for 2 (exclusive of alcoholic beverages) – St.
     Regis Hotel

·         Limited Edition Gail Goodwin Serving Bowl – MD Anderson 
     Cancer Center

·         1 Continuing Education Course – Susanne M. Glasscock School
     of Continuing Studies, Rice University

Thank you to our three most recent PR Day 2010 sponsors 

PRSA Houston thanks its other generous PR Day 2010 sponsors







PR Day Chair Lady Oliver, 832-866-6608


Communications Chairs - promotions, media

Kristi Krupala: (713) 792-2096;

Kim Miller:


Sponsorship Chairs - sponsorships, vendor exhibits, donations

Osjetta Gascey:


Programming Chair - speakers, program

Cynthia Miller: (225) 610-0592;


Venue Logistics - exhibits, logistics, speaker travel

Meagan Stangle: (713) 243-8879;


Let it Glow Holiday Party Early Bird Prices Extended for Late Registrations, At-the-door Admissions


Thanks to our generous sponsors, of our sponsors, PRSA Houston is extending early bird prices for late registrations and at-the-door admissions to the Let It Glow Holiday Party, Nov. 30, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.


For the low cost of $10 for members and $20 for non-members, you’ll get two drinks, hors d'oeuvres and other amenities, including a full bar and bartender. For the fun-loving, there’s Karaoke. If it’s ambiance you’re after, behold the dynamic downtown scene from the exclusive Window Box Room, known for its views.


Mingle with the PR Day crowd, news media and sponsors FMC Technologies, Apache Corp. and Waste Management Inc. 


The festivities get started immediately following PR Day at 5:30 p.m. and last till 7:30 p.m.  


Register now

Admissions at the door for those not registered may be restricted due to limited room capacity.


E-mail karaoke requests to Eric Herrera, post them on the PRSA Houston Facebook page or text them that evening to 713-292-6435.


Contact:       Mike Wysatta, PRSA Houston board member.

Special thanks to our Holiday Party sponsors



‘Tis the Season…to Give to the Foundation


As the recession collides with tuition hikes, college students are stretching their budgets more than ever to pay for school. With the costs of attending a four-year educational institution on the rise, students need additional avenues to finance their education.


We are asking you to make a donation to the Public Relations Foundation of Houston (PRFH), the philanthropic arm of the Houston Chapter of PRSA.


Please consider contributing $25, $50, $100 or more this season as it directly helps deserving students studying communication disciplines right here in our own community. Every amount helps! And for every $25 you contribute, your name will be entered into our drawing to win $25 gift certificates to area restaurants, the theatre and more.


Giving to the PRFH is fast and easy. Visit the PRSA Foundation site, which links to the Greater Houston Community Foundation who manages our fund. On the page’s Program Designation line, select Public Relations Foundation and indicate your contribution level. Donations are tax deductible. 


Contributions made by check should be made payable to the Greater Houston Community Foundation with the ‘PRFH fund’ noted in the “for/note” section. Mail to:


          Public Relations Foundation of Houston

          c/o Greater Houston Community Foundation

          4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100

          Houston, Texas 77027


The PRFH awarded its 2010/2011 scholarship to Ally Hugg, a University of Texas graduate student pursuing further studies in Public Relations and Advertising. Meet Ally via the PRSA Foundation site.


Thank you in advance for your support!


About the Public Relations Foundation of Houston

The PRFH was formed to support the growth and development of the public relations profession by awarding scholarships to college students at regional universities. Our $3,000 annual scholarship is the largest of its kind offered by any PRSA chapter in the country, a feat made possible by everyone’s collective support.


The 2011/2012 scholarship application is posted on the  PRSA Foundation site. So if you know of a PR student who qualifies, please pass this news along.


Contributions through Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, and designated to the PRFH fund are tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional for advice.

Survey Participants Needed, Effort Helps Chapter Earn Funds
Complete the survey, receive a free personalized career assessment report valued at $250!
PRSA Houston and Birkman International, one of the world’s leading behavioral research companies, are collaborating to provide our eBlast readers with a free career assessment and the chapter with much-needed funds.

Birkman needs 44 qualified* individuals to complete an online assessment to update its public relations specialist career assessment. Qualified individuals who complete the survey will receive a free personalized career assessment report valued at $250. PRSA Houston will receive $25 for each completed survey. Test results are completely confidential.


*Qualified Individuals:

·         Are 18 years of age or older, an English speaker who can read and write in the English language and who validly complete the questionnaire;

·         Are employed as a public relations specialist as defined by the US Department of Labor: “engage in promoting or creating goodwill for individuals, groups or organizations by writing or selecting favorable publicity material and releasing it through various communications media; and may prepare and arrange displays and make speeches;” and


·         Hold one of the following job titles: Account Executive, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist), Public Information Officer, Communications Director, Communications Specialist, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator, Corporate Communications Specialist, Marketing Director.


Take your free assessment, now.

For more than 50 years, Birkman International’s The Birkman Method® survey results have helped companies maximize human potential and achieve superior, sustainable results. More than 2.5 million individuals have taken The Birkman Method®. Clients include corporate human resources professionals, independent consultants, executive coaches, educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations.

Contact Birkman International.


Business Directory Offers Great Exposure


What do Newman & Newman, Inc., The Mills Agency, The Writing Workshop and Bernstein & Associates have in common? They all recently posted or renewed a Business Directory listing at


These companies know that PRSA Houston site visitors are the ones they need to reach. Business Directory listings at help increase Google search engine rankings. 

A directory listing is just $100, which gives businesses exposure to site visitors for one year. PRSA Houston's site got 11,309 visits and 40,146 page views in the most recent month. Let your business start benefitting from this traffic today.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717. 

PRopel Your Career at



Transitioning from Journalism to Public Relations: Steps You Can Take For a Smooth Move


Join Peter Himler as he speaks with former journalists who have made successful transitions to the public relations field. Hear about the jobs they performed as journalists and reporters, why they left journalism and why they chose public relations. Receive tips and advice about the transition process, and gain insight into what it takes to find new work and job satisfaction.


Tuesday, Dec. 7

Workplace Strategies for Managing Successful Millennials: How Boomers Can Manage and Work With the Tech-Savvy Generation


Much has been written about millennials, the tech-savvy generation born between 1980 and 2000. Some say millennials are “entitled.” Others say “spoiled.” As 33,000 millennials attempt to enter the public relations industry each year, what are the best strategies for managing this new generation and motivating it to succeed? Learn strategies for recruiting, retaining and managing the best and brightest new talent.

More learning opportunities 

The Big Huge Holiday Mixer

The Big Huge Holiday Mixer, hosted by the Houston Communications Alliance, is back to beat, whip and puree its way back into your heart.

Put your blender setting on "mingle," and join us for the grandest, multi-organizational, variable-speed networking event of the season, including Houston's favorite advertising, marketing and communications professionals for. Highlights include:
  • The Fantastics
  • The Harbor Lights Choir
  • Free Buffet
  • Free Parking
  • Cash Bar

Don't forget to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots! Cash donations can be made online at or bring a nonperishable item to help the Houston Food Bank.


Download the event flyer


Date:           Thursday, December 2, 2010

Time:           5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location:      The Courtyard on St. James Place




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