Events & News

Extend Your Network While
Enhancing Your Knowledge

The Mid-Columbia Chapter hosts professional development programs and networking events throughout the year for local professionals and students.

The education sessions highlight new techniques and trends and provide fresh perspectives, punctuated by the opportunity to meet and share ideas or discuss challenges with peers.

Come learn with us – you don’t have to be a member to attend!

Learn More or Register for Upcoming PRSA Mid-Columbia Events Below

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Upcoming PRSA Mid-Columbia Events

Noon – 1 p.m.

Building Bridges and Collaborating
Across Communities

Join us for a virtual seminar and Q&A with City of Pasco Economic Development Manager Mike Gonzales and Visit Tri-Cities President & CEO Mike Novakovich. You’ll learn:

  • Ways local leaders are engaging diverse cultures of the Greater Tri-Cities, WA
  • Methods for bridging the gap and fostering collaboration between multiple communities
  • Strategies behind local decisions,
    community engagement and messaging
  • Tactics your business can begin implementing immediately

Future Topics

Hundreds of you were able to gain more insights, sharpen your skills and make professional connections with our four speaker programs so far in 2021.

We are on summer break, but our next program is on tap for September 2021. Check back here or our Facebook Group for future events. 

Upcoming planned topics include:

– Finding the Right Influencers for Your Business

– Delivering Virtual and Hybrid Events

– What You Need to Know About SEO in 2022

– Paid Advertising in Social Media

– Strategies for Internal Communication

– Case Studies in Content Creation

– Supercharge Your Career

Call for Speakers

We’re always searching for expert talent to submit proposals for our presenter database.

Please complete our Speaking Request Form to be considered for our local professional development sessions. If your qualifications and topic expertise match a session we are considering for future programming, a representative of the chapter will contact you to discuss your proposal in more detail.

Be sure to share our call for speakers with your colleagues and business contacts!

Past Chapter Events

COVID’s Impact on Higher Education

May 18, 2021

University of Idaho Director of Communications Jodi Walker

Eastern Washington University Associate VP, University Relations Lance Kissler

Washington State University Tri-Cities Director of Marketing and Communication Maegan Murray

The Power of Visual Storytelling

April 29, 2021

Roll & Cap Productions Founder Eric Higginbotham

Focal Point Marketing Partner Derek Nelson

Social Media Marketing Like a Pro

March 30, 2021

Chicago Title Tri-Cities Director of Sales and Marketing Zac Mason.

Elevate Your Multicultural Communications

January 12, 2021

Tri-Cities Diversity and Inclusion Council Founder Naima Chambers

Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director Martin Valadez

Holiday Show-and-Tell Featuring Tri-Cities Celebrities

December 3, 2020

Artistic Director of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Justin Raffa

Anchor for NBC News/KNDU TV Tracci Dial

Metrics for PR and Communications

November 19, 2020

Managing Director of Measurement and Analytics at Allison+Partners Brent Diggins

From Crisis to New Normal

October 22, 2020

Director of Public Relations and Communications for Legacy Health Brian S. Terrett, APR, Fellow PRSA

Director of Communication and Community Relations for Kadlec Regional Medical Center Jim Hall

Train Your Media Spokespersons

September 15, 2020

CEO of Tri-Cities Public Relations Mike Paoli

Senior Advisor at Grayscale LLC Consulting Stephanie Hartwig

Talking About Suicide: Our Words Matter

June 4, 2020

Owner of Starr Bright Suicide Prevention Presentations Kimberly Starr

Adapting Digital Presence During COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Digital Marketing Lead for Focal Point Marketing & Design Jessica Schumacher

Managing Your Online Reputation

February 19, 2020

Brand Strategist for Brandcraft Dee Boyle

15 Qualities of a PR Superstar

January 30, 2020

Hawkins & Company PR Owner and Marketing IMMORTAL Marilyn Hawkins, APR

The Perfect Pitch

November 13, 2019

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business Editor Kristina Lord, Northwest News Network Richland Bureau Chief Anna King, NBC Right Now KNDU/KNDO Anchor and Reporter Tracci Dial, and Tri-City Herald Executive Editor Laurie Williams

Charting the Future of Media

October 16, 2019

Editor of The Spokesman-Review Rob Curley

Tackling Public Relations Nightmares

September 26, 2019

Communication Consultant for Chelan County Public Utility District Suzanne Hartman

Crisis Communications

June 5, 2019

Executive Director of Team Concepts Training Services  Misipati Semi Bird

Overcoming the Challenges of Virtual Collaboration

March 20, 2019

Senior Technical Architect for Acquia Mike Madison

Communication for Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services Sybil Kaufman

Digital Outreach

January 9, 2019

Visit Tri-Cities CEO Michael Novakovich


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