April 2018  

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

The Elephant in the Room: Let’s Talk About Why You Need a Career Plan

Friday, May 18
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Register for this Arkansas PRSA meeting

The Elephant in the Room: Let’s Talk About Why You Need a Career Plan

Do you have a plan in place for your professional development? Successful careers don’t happen by chance — it takes vision, work and planning to reach your career goals. Continuous learning through professional development is a sincere investment in yourself and a commitment to becoming a marketable portfolio professional. In this moderated session, Denver Peacock, APR, and Jason Barnhart will discuss the value and importance of professional development, and lessons learned along the way.

Jason Barnhart
Director, Professional Development

Jason Barnhart is the director of professional development at PRSA. Calling on his 15+ years in professional development, he has engineered and led training programs in over 25 different countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Barnhart is passionate about connecting current and future leaders, creating trainings designed to harmonize industry-wide best practices, and developing customized trainings for private-sector partners to assist them in developing strategies to reach their company’s goals. Barnhart has mentored professionals in leadership and established programs for training the trainer, utilizing his experience in industries such as healthcare, commercial real estate, communications and public relations. 


$0.00 Member Ticket

$25.00 Non-Member Ticket

$15.00 PRSSA Ticket (must present current student ID at check-in)

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2018 Call for Prism Entries

The Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognizes exceptional public relations programs and the skills of the state’s practitioners, companies and organizations at the annual Prism Awards. The program also encourages improved public relations, professionalism, performance and techniques. The competition is open to members and nonmembers of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.

Prisms will be presented at a the ARcom Arkansas Marketing and Communications event Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Location: TBA

The ARcom event is a partnership with the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Early Bird Entry Fee (June 8 before midnight) (Member $35 per entry; Non-member $50 per entry)

Regular Entry Fee (June 15 before midnight) (Member $50 per entry; Non-member $75 per entry)

Late Entry Fee (June 22 before midnight) (Member $75 per entry; Non-member $75 per entry)

For more information, visit 

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Member News

April New Members

We are delighted to welcome new members to our chapter.  Please join us and welcome:

  • Maeghen Carter, Public Relations Associate Account Executive, Stone Ward
  • John Lyon, Strategic Communications Manager, Arkansas Center of Health Improvement
  • Alfred Lee Warren, III, Public Relations Specialist, Mangan Holcomb Partners

We want to hear your good news. Notify Heather Haywood, APR, at to be featured in the next newsletter.

PRSA Membership Mixer

Mark your calendar!  The Past Presidents Council will host a PRSA Membership Mixer on Thursday, June 14 at The Art Group Gallery from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. The evening will host beverages, nibbles, art and great conversations with PRSA members.  The Art Group Gallery is located in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center at 11525 Cantrell Road.  Invitations will be emailed with an RSVP.

Connect with a Mentor

Interested in finding a PR mentor? Nikki Heck, APR, is leading our chapter’s efforts to connect emerging leaders with experienced pros in our chapter. If you’d like help getting connected with a potential mentor, contact Nikki at Visit our website to learn more about the mentor program.

Maximize Your Network: Join a PRSA Committee

Looking to make new connections, get more involved in PRSA and help advance our field? Sign up to participate on a PRSA committee. We can use your help with Programming, Hospitality, Prism Awards, PRSSA student/chapter outreach, Membership, Communications and APR process/programs. Email Sarah Kinser, APR, at to learn more.

Our chapter is also forming a committee to explore programming for PRSA Diversity Month in August. If you're interested in being a part of this committee, email Pam Jones at

Are you a new PRSA professional Looking for a chance to get plugged in? NewPros is a committee formed by PRSA members who have been practicing public relations less than six years. This peer group will meet monthly to talk about PR topics and trends as well as brainstorm ways to connect with other NewPros outside of the chapter. For more information, contact Lea Whitlock at or 870-692-0524.

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Nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

We’ll open up the call for nominations for our 2019 board of directors later this spring. In the meantime, please consider whether you’d be interested in board service or know someone you’d like to nominate. The positions that will be available are: 

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President (oversees chapter communications)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Director-at-Large, ARcom Awards
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PRSA National


Have you explored MyPRSA? MyPRSA is PRSA’s members-only, secure, private community that empowers PRSA members to create meaningful communication and share resources. In addition to this versatile community and resource library, you will have access to all of your membership account information. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.

Why Arkansas PRSA?

We know the more involved you are in your profession and community, the more likely you are to be engaged in the workplace. The Arkansas Chapter of PRSA provides our members with knowledge, training and the opportunity for professional growth and connections.  Why should you be connected with our Chapter?  Here are four great reasons:  

·       Be with Your People – By attending our Chapter events, you get out of the office and are able to mingle with people who share your passion for PR and communications.

·       Networking – Our Chapter members are able to connect with other members and industry experts in a variety of ways, such as in-person meetings and by building one-on-one relationships.

·       You Are Not Alone – If you are an independent practitioner or work in a small communications/PR department you might not have many people around to bounce ideas off of. However you are not alone, we have many members that know what you’re going through and are more than happy to give you advice and feedback.

·       Career Connections  No one knows more about what is happening in the PR/communications industry with regards to career opportunities, job openings and potential future connections to advance your career than the members of our Chapter.

Come join us on March 16 and be with your people – network, make connections, learn.  And, dilly, dilly – you will be glad you did.  #PRSAThinkLocal

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