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Why You Should Join PRSA Tampa Bay

May 17, 2013

By Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Account Executive at Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Membership Committee Co-chair

Are you a recent college graduate in search of your first job in public relations? Are you new to the Tampa Bay area and looking to connect with other PR professionals? Or perhaps you are an established professional but haven’t yet joined PRSA Tampa Bay. Regardless of where you are in your PR career, a PRSA membership will benefit you.

Tampa Bay PRSA chapter members benefit in a number of ways, including:

  • Member events
  • Leadership opportunities
  • APR accreditation
  • Chapter newsletter
  • Networking opportunities
Kim Polacek

Kim Polacek

“I joined PRSA Tampa Bay because I value the public relations profession and understand it is important to interact and connect with other members who can provide inspiration and encouragement. I am also interested in taking advantage of the various professional development opportunities, such as the APR preparation program.” – Kim Polacek, media relations coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center and a new PRSA Tampa Bay member

Jessica Summers

Jessica Summers

“I joined the Public Relations Society of America’s Tampa Bay Chapter to surround myself with talented communications professionals within various industry sectors and career levels. Attending PRSA’s educational and networking events allows me to learn about new opportunities, stay up with the latest trends and learn how to navigate new challenges.  Joining committees has enhanced my leadership skills and allowed me to build deeper relationships within the chapter.” – Jessica Summers, public relations specialist for Hillsborough County and an engaged member of PRSA Tampa Bay

Our members make up who we are as PRSA Tampa Bay. As an added member benefit, we hold two free membership mixers each year to provide a venue for members to meet and mingle with each other in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Our first mixer of 2013 took place last month, where more than 30 members networked, took advantage of an onsite photographer to get discounted headshots taken and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers.

I welcome anyone interested in joining the chapter to come out to our next event. You will make valuable industry connections, attend monthly programs on topics ranging from crisis communications to the latest social media trends – and everything in between – and have a little fun along the way!

And for those new PRSSA graduates and new professionals with less than two years of PR experience, we have a special membership offer just for you. When you join PRSA National as an associate member, you can receive a free, one-year New Professionals Section membership. (Use promo code AM13 when signing up.)

What are you waiting for? Join PRSA Tampa Bay today! It’s quick and easy, and can be done online. If you have any questions about joining PRSA Tampa Bay, email me at

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