Get Connected      Get Informed      Get Involved                      February 2017

To See the Value of Your PRSA Membership, Look Up


In her video message this month, Chapter President Claudia Ciolfi takes inspiration from a skein of geese, observing that each bird’s journey is guided and made possible by its partners in flight. See how you, as a member of PRSA Maryland, will benefit from a community that is totally dedicated to helping you and your career soar. Watch the video.

New Committee Chairs

Lisa Coster and Dave Curley

PRSA Maryland is pleased to welcome Lisa Brusio Coster as the 2017 Best in Maryland (BIM) Gala & Awards Committee Chair and Dave Curley as the 2017 Annual Conference Committee Chair. If you are interested in serving on either Lisa or Dave's committee this year, we invite you to learn more and to contact the chairs with your offer of volunteer support. Thank you! 

Member Profile – Tia Malloy

As a corporate communications consultant,Tia Malloy often tells her clients that her job is to tell the story of their business. From day to day, Tia’s responsibilities range from serving as a spokesperson to authoring social media white papers, to advising C-suite executives on strategy. At Engility Corporation,
Tia leads the internal communications effort for a federal program, as well as managing external relationships with industry, academia, and government.
Click here to find out why Tia’s best advice is: “Never miss an opportunity.”

Get Exposure for Your Company - Be a PRSA Maryland Sponsor 

PRSA Maryland cordially invites interest from potential sponsors for the chapter and chapter events in 2017. Several opportunities are available now. Click here for more information and an application form.

Calling All Media Influencers


The 2017 PRSA Maryland Annual Conference
“Call for Presenters” is now open! You have something to share. We have a date and place for you to share it. Now let’s work together to make this year’s conference the best PR conference in Maryland. Submit your RFP today! The RFP deadline is March 9, 2017.

This Is Your Brain on Stories

PRSA Maryland is grateful to Early Light Media (ELM) directors Darren Durlach and David Larson for their stunningly beautiful as well as compelling and informative session on “The Power of Storytelling Using Video” on February 2, 2017. PRSA Maryland's first professional development event of 2017, which was hosted in the amazing studios and creative workspace of ETC on N. Haven Street, attracted 25 attendees.  

Attendees had a real insider’s view of how video works and why our deep-rooted fascination with stories will always carry the day when we want to share the real meaning of our organization or company’s work. 

While they’re “not giving away all their secrets,” the great team at ELM welcomes your questions at any time. You can check out some of the tips they shared last week by clicking here

Chapter Committees Now Recruiting Volunteers

Get Involved Today

Hone your skills, meet new people and make yourself more marketable. Sign up to volunteer with the Maryland Chapter today. We welcome volunteers at all levels for the committees listed below, especially the Maryland Conference Planning Committee (2017). If you'd like to join a committee or chair one, please contact  

Maryland Conference Planning Committee (2017)
Chair:  Dave Curley, Sandy Hillman Communications
Accreditation Committee
Chair:  Jennifer C. Kellar, APR, AECOM
Best in Maryland Awards Committee
Chair:  Lisa Coster, Coster Communications
Communications Committee
Chair:  Nancy Sherman, Caroline Center
Diversity & Inclusion Liaison (NEW)
Chair:  Open
Membership Committee
Chair:  Debra Schindler
Mentoring Committee
Chair: Open
New Professionals Committee
Chair:  Open
Programming Committee
Chair:  Emily McDermott, Nevins & Associates
Sponsorship Committee
Chair:  Open

Click here for a description of each committee.

Upcoming Chapter Events

3/9/17 @ 5:30 p.m. 
Happy Hour - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


3/23/17 @ 6 p.m.
Integrating Paid & Un-paid Media, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital


6/8/17 @ 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
PRSA Maryland Annual Conference, Loyola University of Maryland


Your Silver Anvil  Entry Deadline Is Feb. 21

The deadline to submit your entry for a Silver Anvil award is February 21. The PRSA Silver Anvil awards recognize the highest standards of research, planning, execution and evaluation in public relations campaigns and programs.

How Can We Serve You?

As we begin planning our 2017 event calendar, we would like to hear from you regarding how we can best serve you in the coming year. Please click the button below to start the survey. The survey will be open through Friday, February 17, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or by calling the Maryland Chapter office at 301-725-2508.


Priyam Chakraborty
Mike Eaves 
Jean Hill, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

Elizabeth Marie Thompson

Get to Know the APR
As a mid-career public relations professional, you know that your success depends on staying relevant, resourceful, and inspired.

Invest time now to position yourself for success. For information, contact APR Committee Chairperson, Jennifer Kellar, APR.

APR Boot Camp Registration

The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District is hosting an APR Boot Camp April 5 – 8, 2017 at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Richmond, Virginia.

Maximize Your Membership
Tip #2

Request to join the PRSA Maryland LinkedIn Group and get the latest chapter news, register for events and be a part of interesting discussions.

Like Us Today and Get Social with PRSA-MD


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Local Jobs
Looking for a job? Check out the PRSA Maryland Job Board

Be sure to also visit PRSA National's JobCenter for non-local opportunities.

Looking for that one-of-a-kind employee? Advertise on PRSA Maryland's Job Board.

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