Futurist, Time Magazine “Person of the Year” Watts Wacker to Speak at Kimpton FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale

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Celebrated futurist Watts Wacker will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 PRSA Western District Conference, Friday, April 19. Held at the Kimpton FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, this session is part of the multi-day conference for communications professionals. Tickets are limited and can be reserved by visiting www.prsa2013wdc.eventbrite.com.

Watts Wacker — lecturer, best-selling author, political commentator and social critic — is one of the most celebrated and influential minds in modern business,” said Abbie S. Fink, co-chair of the PRSA Western District Conference. “His uncommon versatility and vision has allowed him to help the world’s top corporations and organizations navigate the sea of change that is taking hold in the new millennium, and we look forward to him sharing this vision in Arizona.”

As CEO of FirstMatter LLC, Wacker – who was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2006 – has focused his attention on creating a new kind of think tank, and he describes himself as a 21st Century alchemist as well as a “cross between James Brown and the unknown comic, (the hardest working nobody in the business.)”  He has authored four books, which have gone on to become international bestsellers as well as required reading at many of the world’s finest business schools. His fourth book, What’s Your Story? Storytellingto Move Markets, Audiences, People and Brands, was a finalist for advertising/marketing book of the year.

“Wacker was the original consulting pollster to the Fox News Division and directed the Time Magazine Poll,” said Michelle Olson, co-chair of the PRSA Western District Conference. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world.”

Guests need not be members of PRSA to attend. For more information, or to register for the Watts Wacker breakfast event, please visit www.prsa2013wdc.eventbrite.com. Tickets are limited and are available for $45 per person.

Registration for full PRSA Western District Conference, hosted by the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, $235 for PRSA members and $275 for non-members. Student registration is $99. For more information, or to register for the PRSA Western District Conference, please visit www.prsa2013wdc.eventbrite.com.

About the Public Relations Society of America Western District:

The Public Relations Society of America has organized its membership into 10 districts to provide helpful support, shared resources, and leadership cultivation for the next generation of professionals to head the association and be voices for the PR industry. The Western District includes 10 chapters from four states including: California Inland Empire, Colorado, Hawaii, Las Vegas Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Pikes Peak, San Diego and Imperial Valley, and Southern Arizona.


About the Public Relations Society of America Phoenix Chapter:

The Public Relations Society of America Phoenix Chapter serves a diverse community of professionals in the greater Phoenix area, empowering them to excel in effective, ethical and respectful communications on behalf of the organizations they represent and the constituencies they serve. Established in 1957, PRSA Phoenix advances the professional growth and careers of its members by providing lifelong learning; vibrant, diverse and welcoming professional communities; recognition of capabilities and accomplishments; and thought leadership, ethics and professional excellence. For more information, please visit PhoenixPRSA.org.


Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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