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Past Chapter Events

Video recordings and other presentation resources, when available, are provided to event registrants only. 

The advertising flyer for the From Data to Drama program.

From Data to Drama

February 28, 2024

Christopher Collier 

Speech or Talk January 2024 program flyer with head shots of the two speakers.

Speech or Talk?

January 30, 2024

Katherine Brennecke and Sandy Lamb

December Social & Reception

December 18, 2023

Crisis Communication Tricks & Treats

October 12, 2023

Angela Billings, Jocelyn McCabe & Mike Paoli

Pump Up Your PESO

September 14, 2023

Guenther Group Creative Director Kelly Guenther & Jacque Coe Principal Jacque Coe, APR

Plan Your Communication Like a Jedi Master

May 18, 2023

U.S. Dept. of Energy Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Communications Manager Linda Isakson

Do You Really Know Your Audience?

April 12, 2023

Sonar Insights CEO Aaron Welling & Sonar Insights COO Sonny Virakpanyou

Building Highly Effective Communication Programs Through Audits

March 16, 2023

National School Public Relations Association Associate Director Melissa Braham

Secrets of Successful Civic Engagement

February 16, 2023

City of Richmond, VA, Office of Strategic Communications and Civic Engagement Director Petula Burks

Foundational Concepts and How to Implement SEO

January 31, 2023

Brandcraft VP of Digital Marketing Chris Davis

December Social & Reception

December 14, 2022


High-Impact Employee Communication

November 17, 2022

Department of Defense News Reporter Jim Garamone 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Division Director Amanda Schoch

Advancing Your PR Career

October 25, 2022

Bechtel Waste Treatment Plant Communications Manager Staci West

Guenther Group Creative Director Kelly Guenther

University of Arizona Communication Department Professor of Practice Carolyn Smith Casertano

July Social

July 14, 2022

American Advertising Federation Tri-Cities + PRSA Mid-Columbia 

Find Your Vibe

May 26, 2022

Digital Marketer & Storyteller Bethany Lee

Framing Up Photography

April 13, 2022

Kim Fetrow Photography Founder Kim Fetrow

The Metaverse for Communication Professionals

March 24, 2022

Washington State University Professor Brett Atwood

From Spies to Science: The Universal Lessons All Communicators Can Apply

February 16, 2022

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Division Director Amanda Schoch

Virtual and Hybrid Events Lessons Learned and Future Trends

January 11, 2022

GFS Events Founder Gazala Uradnik

Beyond Vanity Metrics

November 10, 2021

Columbia Public Schools Communications Manager Aurora Meyer

Adapting to a Digital First World: Strategies That Will Keep You Relevant in 2022

October 12, 2021

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sr. Web Programs Manager Rasitha Herath

Building Bridges and Collaborating Across Communities

September 21, 2021

City of Pasco Economic Development Manager Mike Gonzales

Visit Tri-Cities President & CEO Michael Novakovich

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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