Happy New Year!

I’m honored and excited to serve as your 2019 President for PRSA Puget Sound.  2019 is clearly going to be the year of opportunity.

We live in interesting times, and your local chapter leaders know your time, interest and involvement is a precious opportunity. That’s why the 2019 PRSA Puget Sound Board of Directors took a weekend recently to connect with a range of colleagues in a strategic plan retreat generously hosted by PEMCO Insurance, who understand the value of PRSA. 

The retreat gathered colleagues who are new professionals as well as those who’ve been in the profession awhile.  We held candid conversations about what you–our diverse range of professionals across the Puget Sound region want, need and expect from PRSA Puget Sound.  In the months ahead, we’ll hope to engage you for your insight and feedback to use in shaping our strategic plan.  In the meantime, to help share your perspective now please take a moment to fill out the member or non-member surveys we have open, which we’ll use in the strategic planning process. 

We’re clearly committed to working with colleagues and volunteer leaders to build an exciting and high-quality lineup of programs and networking events that are fun, engaging and affordable to professionals, strengthen communications channels, and grow our membership.  We’re also looking at offering programming in different ways.

PRSA Puget Sound’s January 15th workshop by Emmy-award winning producer Kelly Guenther taught tips and tricks to create professional looking videos quickly on a smartphone.

For example, our January 15th evening workshop led by Emmy-award winning producer Kelly Guenther taught tips and tricks to create professional looking videos quickly on your smartphone.  The workshop is so popular, we’ll be holding another later in the year in the South Sound.  On January 28th, you can join a livestream event featuring panel discussions of women in media and women chief communications officers in the ‘Postcard from San Francisco’ for $49!  On February 12th, contributor to the New York Times, BBC and more, Jessica Hagy will show you how to transform any complete sentence into a visual social object to capture–and keep—audience attention as part of our popular morning Features series. And on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, Michelle Horaney, APR leads a fascinating session in the South Sound on how to help a colleague—or even yourself—capture attention to evolve into a thought leader.  All sessions are affordable, engaging, fun and involve networking.  We’re also planning free events to show you how to maximize your membership. We’re developing half-day workshops designed to engage and inspire and yes, we’re building some amazing networking events—across the Puget Sound.   

Finally, looking for new opportunities in 2019?  We need your insight, perspective and voice!  We’re actively recruiting for new faces to ensure we’re current, relevant and in sync with a wide range of members. Whether it’s leading or serving on a committee, helping at an event or helping us make a valuable connection, such chances to give back to your profession connect you with other colleagues, enrich your career, raise your profile and have fun doing it.  Whether you’re a college student or senior professional, member or not—but looking for a chance to contribute that fits your schedule and interests; we have opportunities.  Please contact me directly, or any member of our board.

2019 is clearly going to be the year of opportunity.  We hope you’ll join us!

Jacque Coe, APR

2019 President, PRSA Puget Sound