By Jenn Elting, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
For public relations professionals wanting to develop their careers within a specific industry, PRSA offers Professional Interest Sections. These groups help members connect with others in the same fields, oftentimes experiencing the same issues unique to your specific industry.
Personally, I love my section: Public Affairs and Government (PAG). Whether connecting online or in-person at a Section Conference, it’s as if I’ve met my people. My tribe, so to speak. Whether we represent city, county or state governments; branches of the military or public safety forces; public utilities; federal departments or agencies; trade associations or various organizations, we all share the same struggles – and the same stories – and can rely on each other for support, for ideas, for advice.
In addition to PAG, there are 13 other sections available to PRSA members.
- Association / Nonprofit
- Corporate Communications
- Counselors Academy
- Counselors to Higher Education
- Educators Academy
- Employee Communications
- Entertainment and Sports
- Financial Communications
- Health Academy
- Independent Practitioners Alliance
- New Professionals
- Travel and Tourism
For anyone interested in attending a 2019 Professional Interest Section Conference, here are some upcoming opportunities:
- Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) 2019 Senior Summit
April 10–12, Washington D.C.
- Health Academy 2019 Conference
April 24–26, Phoenix
- Counselors Academy 2019 Conference
May 5–7, Pete Beach, Fla.
- Employee Communications Connect ’19 Conference
May 15–17, Phoenix
- Public Affairs and Government (PAG) 2019 Summit
June 7–8, Detroit
- Travel and Tourism 2019 Conference
June 16–19, Philadelphia
- Corporate Communications 2019 Conference
June 27–29, New York
For PAG’s summit, the Call for Presentations is currently open through Jan. 11. For more information, visit http://apps.prsa.org/Conferences/PAG/cfp/instructions today.