One of the best benefits about being a PRSSA member is attending the events; from Leadership Rally to National Conference to Regional Conferences and, of course, National Assembly.
While all enhance your PRSSA membership, Assembly gives you the opportunity to have a say in the future of the Society. During my time in PRSSA I attended three National Assemblies in Austin, Seattle and Charlotte. All were valuable experiences and had a positive impact on my résumé and career.
Each PRSSA Chapter chooses a delegate to attend Assembly. Often it’s someone who is already elected as president for the following year, or intends to hold another leadership position on the Chapter’s e-board. All the delegates gather to vote on decisions about the future of the Society, elect a new National Committee and review the Bylaws. The delegates and other attendees also have an opportunity to engage in leadership training and networking.
In the spirit of the upcoming National Assembly in Portland, here are tips on how to get the most out of your Assembly experience (along with some incentives for registering now):
National Assembly is an event well worth attending that will be a memorable and valuable experience for you as a PRSSA member and future public relations professional.
Jessica Noonan is an associate in Burson-Marsteller’s corporate practice based in New York. She is the 2015 chair-elect for the PRSA New Professionals section and was on the 2011-2012 PRSSA National Committee. Follow her on Twitter @jess_noons.