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_D309566A few weeks ago marked account coordinator Shelby Ray’s 90-day anniversary at HMA – which means she is now eligible for our firm’s professional development reimbursement program.

As someone who has gotten so much out of PRSA Phoenix, of course I am lobbying for her to use her funds toward joining our local chapter. In fact, I want her to do more than that, I want her to both join the chapter and volunteer for one of its committees to make the most of her membership.

So, I am opening this up to all of you PRSA Phoenix members…aside from obvious answers, help me convince Shelby to join us!

Comment below with:

  • Great stories and memories you have created through PRSA Phoenix
  • New business you have gained through your membership
  • Strategic and tactical know-how you have learned from fellow members of the chapter and through chapter resources

If we succeed in providing 10 solid reasons below for her to join (heck, reasons that ANYONE should join), then she will sign up this week.

Let’s do this!

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  1. Charlotte Shaff says:

    PRSA helped me keep up on the industry both nationally and locally. I attended numerous events to learn more about how I could do my job better. But I didn’t realize how much the relationships I gained through the group would help me too. Great way to network with others you may not get to know in PR. As a solo practitioner, I was hanging out with and learning from folks in government, corporate, non-profits and agencies. I didn’t feel so alone and that we all dealt with a lot of the same challenges and issues. Volunteering for committees kept me on my toes, taught me to work with a variety of personalities and heightened my visibility in the group. I’ve even gotten client referrals from people I’ve met with in PRSA and have been able to refer folks who weren’t a fit for me to PR Pros I got to know and trust through PRSA. You only get out of PRSA what you put into it, so join and then get on some committees, attend some learning lunches, etc and see what it does for you! The Phoenix chapter is really open and friendly and helpful.

    • Alison Bailin says:

      Great insight from Char!!

    • Shelby says:

      I think that being able to network with others in the industry is a huge benefit especially since I just moved from Illinois in May. Being able to experience that comradery with like minded professionals will help in both my career and personal life.

  2. Alison Bailin says:

    As Ferris Bueller famously said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

    Working at an agency, it is so easy to get sucked into our own little microcosms of client needs and “agency life.” PRSA Phoenix – more than anything – has exposed me to disciplines outside the agency world, and maybe more importantly, the people within the organization make me laugh….loud…all the time. In that laughter, I’ve found moments to actually stop everything I am doing for the moment and make memories with real people, as well as reflect. True friends I have made through PRSA Phoenix – too many to name here – have also been better sounding boards than even my family throughout my career. They’ve been in the same trenches and “get” what I am talking about more than even those closest in my “outside of work” life.

    • Shelby says:

      It’s good to hear that it’s a good group of members. My closest friends in college were PRSSA members. With all of us being so involved in the Chapter and since we all related with one another we became very close. I’m glad to hear that’s also the case for PRSA.

  3. Veronica Biczo says:

    Not only should you join PRSA, you need to join and be ACTIVE in PRSA Phoenix! We have one of the most engaged and quality chapters in PRSA. Each month we have fantastic events and programming – including free webinars that national offers, educational luncheons, media breakfasts, networking events and so much more! Being an active participant in PRSA Phoenix will enhance your professional network and help you grow as a PR practitioner and even a leader. Not all companies will pay for you to become a better person and professional, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity and really leverage this organization. I know it’s helped shape me into the PR practitioner I am today and it will continue to shape me into an even better one in the future. Looking forward to seeing you part of PRSA Phoenix!

    • Shelby says:

      Thank you for your input. I definitely see the benefit in not only becoming a member, but getting active. As you said, there’s a difference between the two. I’ve already attended a few PRSA events, and am definitely impressed with how largely attended they have been as well as how close everyone is within the Chapter. Which is really appealing to me because I just moved here from out-of-state!

  4. Alison Bailin says:

    Veronica and Charlotte are not just “Commenters” here, but people I can honestly call friends…all thanks to PRSA Phoenix.

  5. Marina Renneke says:

    Hi Shelby! Charlotte and Veronica both hit on some great points so not sure what more I can say. I will share with you that when I moved to Phoenix eight years ago I didn’t know anyone in town. It was thanks to PRSA Phoenix that I made lots of great friends, mentors and professional contacts. I owe who I am as a professional to PRSA Phoenix. We’d be honored to have you as a member of the chapter. I hope to see you at an upcoming event!

    • Shelby Ray says:

      Thanks, Marina! It’s reassuring to hear that you faced a similar situation to not knowing anybody and look now! I’m looking forward to it.

  6. shelby–first what an adorable photo and second you’re blessed to work with the HMA folks. They’re a giving group of professionals who have made our chapter better through their service.

    I found PRSA to be the best option for traing and thus advancing in my profession. I came from the world of broadcasting and needed to learn PR strategy. Through the PRSA training sessions, the accreditation process, the chapter events and volunteering on PRSA boards I’ve gained phenomenal insights on our profession and have gained wonderful friends too.

    We have so much fun along the way too so I hope we can welcome you at our next meeting.

    Best wishes!

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