Due to popular demand for peer support, WMPRSA brings you a test program for all levels of practice arranged into “cohorts” of similar experience. WMPRSA members will lead these experience-based groups in a discussion of modern issues in PR. The topics will be fueled by each cohort to customize the experience and value for each member in each group.
Dates, time and location vary by cohort. Space for each is limited, so register quickly!
Please note: These are "pay your own tab/BYO" events with no further event fee.
Senior-Level Practitioners (20+ years experience)
Led by: Karen Kirchenbauer, APR, Vice President and Principal, SeyferthPR, and Kim Skeltis, APR, Owner, Blue Blaze Public Relations
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 8-9:30 am
Location: SeyferthPR, 40 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
More details: Bring your coffee and join this informal, collaborative conversation to explore ways senior-level practitioners may strengthen our collective PR muscle, help others, share best practices and more.
Mid-Level Practitioners (11-19 years experience)
Led by: Amanda St. Pierre, APR, Owner, SaintPR, and Andrea Finnigan, Communications Specialist, Spectrum Health
Date: Friday, June 14
Time: 8-9 am
Location: The Factory, 38 Fulton St W, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (above San Chez)
More details: Bring your coffee and conversation to this PR discussion with practitioners of similar experience.
Mid-Level Practitioners (6-10 years experience)
Led by: Andria Romkema, VP Marketing & Communications, The Right Place, and Jessica Meldrum, Senior Communications Specialist, National Heritage Academies
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Stan Diego Baja Taco Kitchen, 355 Wilson Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49534 (corner of Wilson and Lake Michigan Dr.)
More details: Join your fellow PR pros for a lively happy hour to discuss the opportunities and challenges at this stage in your career. Topics may include day-to-day functions of various PR roles, mentorship, leadership, and more.
Entry-Level Practitioners (0-5 years experience)
Led by: Taylor Fleck, Marketing Coordinator, Our Full Attention, and Lisa Levandoski, Associate, Sabo PR
Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Roots Brew Shop, 600 7th St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More details: Enjoy coffee and conversation with practitioners of similar experience. We will engage in casual conversation, share good advice we have learned early in our careers and other topics that come up.