BarCamp, WordCamp, and GiveCamp - Local Learning Opportunities

Great free and local learning opportunities: BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees, usually centered around design & technology topics. FREE! (More Info)

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that focus on everything WordPress, put together by local WordPress enthusiasts. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. They are a lot of fun. $20.00 per ticket (More Info)

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. FREE-Volunteer Opportunity (More)

First Ever PRSA Midwest Conference 7/18/12-7/20/12

This year, PRSA Chicago is partnering with the 15 other Midwest PRSA chapters to offer two days worth of invaluable, educational sessions on July 19 and 20. The programs feature industry experts from leading brands and organizations across a variety of public relations disciplines, including digital and traditional media, crisis and issues management, consumer packaged goods, B2B, politics and more. [Register Here] According to our recent Midwest regional survey, the leading topics in which today’s PR professionals have the most interest are branding, digital and social media, and crisis management. We are delivering on this need through the first PRSA Midwest Regional Conference by offering a full day and a half of engaging topics that are designed to inspire, challenge and educate.

  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – Friday, July 20, 2012
  • Where: Loyola University, School of Communications | 51 E Pearson, Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Fee: $175 before May 31, 2012 | $200 after May 31, 2012

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Nonprofit Workshop Recap - Photos

wmprsanonprofitworkshop2011_057 (Medium) WMPRSA recently hosted its biennial "Nonprofit Workshop," a low-cost opportunity for nonprofit professionals (and aspiring professionals) to access professional development.


This year's workshop was well-attended and featured the following sessions:

  • Media Relations Messaging | Timothy Penning, Ph.D., APR, Associate Director/Associate Professor, School of Communications,Grand Valley State University
  • Utilizing College Student Interns to Achieve Your Communications Goals | Michelle Burke, APR, Director of Student Life, Grand Valley State University
  • Strategic on a Shoestring: Plan Your PR for Pennies, Reap the Rewards | Susan Ledy, Executive Director, Literacy Center of West Michigan; Tatum Rucker, Public Relations Specialist, Literacy Center of West Michigan; Terri Howe, APR, Howe Marketing & Communications; and Molly Klimas, APR, Intent Public Relations
  • Communicating During a Crisis: How to Protect Your Reputation When Bad Things Happen | Steve Ruppe, Public Relations Director, Russ Reid Company
  • From Bland to Buzzworthy: Creating a Winning Social Media Strategy | Pete Brand, Co‐Founder, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry
  • Partying for a Living! | Jessica Ann Tyson, Owner, Events by Jessica Ann