March 21 – The Art of the Side Hustle

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8:15-9:15 a.m. (breakfast provided)
Where: The Music Settlement, 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106*
Tickets: PRSA Cleveland Members/Full-Time Students: $6; 
Non-members: $8. Click here to register.

Join the New PRos (formerly, YoungPRos) and Lynn Johnson for an engaging discussion on the art of the side hustle. In our growing gig economy, freelance work and side hustles can be a valuable way to build skills, gain experience, develop a hobby and earn money. We’ll discuss finding and growing a side hustle, balancing side work and a full time job, hustling to build your skills and more.

This event is open to all and will be held at The Music Settlement. A tour of The Music Settlement will be offered following the breakfast.

About Our Speaker:
Lynn B. Johnson, MFA is the director of marketing and communications for The Music Settlement, a 104-year-old arts and culture non-profit in University Circle. Her recent extra-curricular activities include serving as Scholarship Chair for Junior League of Cleveland and seeking speaking opportunities for her husband, Brian Johnson Ph.D., author of the Jan 2016 book “The Nazi Card” (available on Amazon).

*Free parking is available around the corner in the lot on Mistletoe Drive, near Wade Park Ave next to the Mather Park baseball diamond.

April 7 – Pro Bono Day:

As part of our mission to strengthen and grow the PR profession, we need your help. Register today to volunteer at PRSA of Greater Cleveland Pro-Bono Day on Friday, April 7, at Baldwin Wallace University. It’s an opportunity to give back to those organizations that do so much for Northeast Ohio. Participate solo or grab a group of coworkers, and spend a couple hours to help!

When: April 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Where: Baldwin Wallace (room details to be announced)
Volunteer Registration:   
Nonprofit Registration:

A Note to Volunteers:
Once you register, a member of the Pro Bono committee will reach out the third week in March with details.

What to do now:

  1. Sign up for a two-hour session – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. (or both!)
  2. Select format preference: One-on-One Advisory Sessions or Roundtable Discussion Leader. Note: If you select one-on-one format, you will receive your nonprofit assignment and related materials at end of March
  3. Provide areas of interest and contact information
  4. Optional: Offer to host and take a student volunteer from Baldwin-Wallace to lunch

Questions: Contact Ann Gynn at or 216.235.4566

Thank you to our host, Baldwin Wallace, for opening their doors to us once again!

April 26-27 – A “Doubleheader” with Joe Truncale:

PRSA Members and non-members are invited to a “doubleheader” with Joe Truncale, PRSA National CEO.  Read more about Joe here.

Day 1: April 26, PRSA Social at Progressive Field (5:00 – 6:00 p.m. pre-game program in Press Room; 6:10 p.m. Indians vs. Astros)

Come early for a casual conversation and meet-and-greet with Joe Truncale, PRSA National CEO, and Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications for the Cleveland Indians. After, enjoy networking and camaraderie in the club seat area and lounge. Club seats include a selection of food and non-alcoholic beverages (a cash bar will be open for alcoholic beverages).

Day 2: April 27, State of the Industry Breakfast Program (7:30-9:30 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Avenue)

Joe Truncale will give us an industry update and some insight into the work of PRSA on a national scale.  He’ll offer commentary on the changing demands on the profession, ethical issues and the importance of sharpening skill sets and competencies.

*The breakfast is sponsored by West Virginia University’s online Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) master’s degree program. Chad Mezera, assistant dean for online programs, will also be present to discuss the graduate program and the upcoming Integrate Conference. Learn more about the program here.

Tickets – Attend one event, or purchase a combo ticket for both at a discounted rate:

  • PRSA Members: Ballgame – $55; Breakfast – $20; Both Events – $70
  • Non-Members: Ballgame – $60, Breakfast – $25, Both Events – $80


Thanks to our breakfast event sponsor, West Virginia University’s online IMC master’s degree program! Additional sponsorships are still available. Email Bob Rotatori at for more information.

May 17 – A Conversation with PR Leaders & Legends

When: Wednesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Music Box Cleveland, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland (on the West Bank of the Flats)
Tickets: Registration will open soon! 

PRSA Cleveland welcomes a panel of accomplished practitioners who will share insights into the longevity of their careers. A moderated discussion by Chris Lynch, senior vice president of Falls Communications, will explore unique career paths, challenges and triumphs along the way, and how to adapt to the evolving PR profession. Panelists include Davis Young, former president of Edward Howard & Co.; Tracey Oliver, director, Media, Ohio at Dominion East Ohio; and Courtney Clarke, director of strategic communications at Cuyahoga Community College.

Have burning questions for our speakers? Submit questions in advance to Chris Lynch at Sponsor this event — email Bob Rotatori for pricing information.

Keep checking back for more details on the event!


 Save the Date:
  • Membership Appreciation Event: August 16
  • Hill Lighthouse Young Awards: October
  • Student Day: November 3
  • 15th Annual Rocks Awards: December

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