Are you serving in a volunteer leadership position with your PRSA chapter? Will you next year? Or, are you interested in taking on more responsibility at the local, district or national level?
2014 Leadership Rally
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southeast District will host its fifth annual Leadership Rally on Nov. 14 in Columbia, S.C. More to come!
2013 Leadership Rally
hosted by the PRSA Southeast District
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
It’s a perfect opportunity to discover how you can help advance the profession and the professional through your leadership on the local, district or national level. Share your chapter’s best practices with your colleagues across the Southeast District. Discover the secrets others have found to recruit and engage members while finding the balance between your real job and your responsibilities as a PRSA leader. You’ll leave the Music City with practical leadership strategies you can use immediately as a professional and in your PRSA leadership role.
Who should attend?
Current, incoming and aspiring PRSA leaders are encouraged to attend. Chapter boards are strongly urged to support the participation of key leaders such as presidents-elect, secretaries, treasurers and chairs for programming, membership, communication, ethics, diversity, accreditation, etc. In addition to sessions for everyone, break out sessions will be planned by role to facilitate direct networking and interaction with your counterparts at other chapters. Additionally, the 2013 Leadership Rally will feature a special track for PRSSA Student Leaders and Chapter Advisers.
Discussion topics will include the following:
- Membership Recruitment and Retention
- Articulating the Value of PRSA
- Chapter-level Professional Development Programming
- Financial Management, Fundraising and Sponsorships
- Strategic Planning and Chapter Administration
- Motivating Your Volunteer Leaders
- Becoming an Innovative Leader
The one-day leadership training and development event is open to all PRSA members. Registration covers materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks on the day of the rally for all attendees.
- Registration is now closed.
A special lodging rate of $129 per night* is available for attendees who wish to arrive early or stay over after the Rally at the following hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
(615) 678-0149 • fax (615) 369-5901
Self parking is available at $15 per night.
(*) The special rate is good through October 18 and may be obtained by making your reservation online through our personalized group web page. Be sure to make your reservation by Oct. 18 to secure this special rate. And, if you wish to cancel, you must do so 1 day prior to arrival to avoid cancellation penalties.
Tentative Rally Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 14 • Bosco’s Nashville
We have reserved space on the evening prior to the Rally for up to 25 PRSA colleagues at Bosco’s Nashville. We hope you’ll join us for a pre-rally welcome dinner from about 6-8 p.m.
Bosco’s serves award-winning handcrafted beers, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, vegetarian dishes, and delicious fired oven pizzas. The menu is available online. Each guest will be responsible for his/her own meal and bar tab.
Bosco’s is located at 1805 21st Ave., S. Transportation will be coordinated for guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Friday, Nov. 15 • Belmont University’s Gordon E. Inman Center
(Free convenient parking in the garage beneath Inman Center)
- 8 a.m. – Continental Breakfast & Coffee
- 8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
- 9 a.m. – Keynote – “Be Disruptive: Becoming an Innovative Leader”
- 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Leadership Development Sessions
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Net-/Working Luncheon
- 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Leadership Development Sessions
- 2:30 p.m. – Plenary Session
- 3:30 p.m. – Adjournment
To kick off the leadership rally, Dr. Sybril Bennett, affectionately known as “Dr. Syb,” will challenge attendees to become more innovative leaders by being disruptive. She is a Vanderbilt-educated, Harvard-trained, two-time Emmy-award winning multimedia journalist. She is a professor of journalism at Belmont University where she helped establish the New Century Journalism Program in 2003. Dr. Syb is a disruptive facilitator, mentor and speaker spreading the word about and through social media. Since earlier this summer, she has been a Google Glass Explorer.
Her most recent book, Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad, compares the Underground Railroad—one of the most effective, disruptive and innovative networks in the history of America—to the Internet. By comparing the two, readers see how the past and the present virtually collide creating the future in real time. She shared some of these insights during a TEDx talk last spring. Dr. Syb’s will challenge PRSA leaders at all levels to become more innovative in their thinking and their actions.
Refund of the rally registration fee, less an administrative fee of $10, will be made if written notice of cancellation is received by Nov. 1, 2013. Registrants who cancel after Nov. 1 will not be entitled to a refund. Substitute attendees will be permitted until Nov. 10. Please send cancellation and refund requests or notification of substitutions to email@example.com.