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Since 1947, the Public Relations Society of America has advanced the standards of the public relations profession and provided members with professional development opportunities through continuing education, information exchange, and research projects conducted on the national and local level. More than 20,000 members strong, organized in 114 chapters, PRSA is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals.

Alongside the Northwest Arkansas community, so goes our PRSA chapter, full of life and vigorous development. We have one of the fastest growing chapters in the nation – a dynamic assembly of seasoned veterans, spokespeople and communications specialists from major corporations, recent graduates new to careers, private consultants, agency representatives, researchers and non-profit leaders.

Expand your professional and networking opportunities and join us for the next monthly meeting. We look forward to greeting you.
Past presidents of the chapter gather at January 2013 meeting. From left: Brooke Benoit, Jami Lamontagne, Michael Clark, Dave Edmark, Ed Nicholson, Leigh Stidham, Terri Trotter and Christi Gallagher.

bethBeth Bobbitt
2014 Chapter President



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Upcoming Events

· Date: Thursday, Oct. 30
· Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m..
· Place: The Jones Center for Families, 922 East Emma Avenue, Springdale- Room 259
· Cost: $15 for PRSA members, $20 for non-members

The NWA PRSA chapter invites members and guests to a lunch program titled “Don’t Blink,” a presentation on emerging trends in Public Relations by Elise Mitchell, APR, fellow PRSA member, and CEO of Mitchell Communications Group.

About Elise: Elise is an accomplished strategic communications professional and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in both the agency and corporate settings. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion have helped her build a successful business, Mitchell Communications Group, which is the 2012 Holmes Report Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 PRWeek Small Agency of the Year, the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company, and one of the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America.

Elise was also named the 2013 Agency PR Professional of the Year by PRWeek. Her company’s portfolio of clients includes a “who’s who” of iconic global brands including: Walmart, Sam’s Club, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Southwestern Energy and others.

Over the past 15 years, Elise has expanded the company’s capabilities and established a team of communications experts across the country serving clients in the retail, food, travel and tourism, energy and transportation sectors. Under her leadership, the company has grown exponentially – more than 530% in the past five years – to become a Top 35 national PR firm.

Prior to founding Mitchell Communications, Elise worked on both the agency and corporate sides of the business including positions as: the top public relations executive for Promus Hotel Corporation; a vice president at Sossaman, Bateman, McCuddy; and assistant director of public relations at Walker & Associates.

We hope that you'll join us for this exciting presentation by Elise, a true leader in the PR industry!

Please RSVP to by the end of the day on Monday, October 27.


PRSA Northwest Arkansas Chapter — Advancing the Profession and the Professional

Building Professionalism Through PRSA

Our Vision
The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of PRSA is the leading organization for public relations professionals in the area committed to unifying, strengthening and advancing the profession.

Our Mission
We are dedicated to enhancing the practice of public relations by promoting the professionalism of our members and fostering awareness of our contributions to the public good.

We do this by:
• Empowering public relations professionals to realize their full potential;
• Promoting the highest standards of excellence, professional competence and ethics;
• Creating a collegial environment for professionals to network and mentor one another;
• Providing professional development and educational opportunities; and
• Building understanding and support for public relations throughout the community.



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