The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced today that it has formed a Loudoun/Fairfax Committee to bring professional development and networking events to public relations professionals in the western suburbs of Northern Virginia.
“We recognize that as our membership has grown it has also expanded into the suburban areas of greater Washington, and those members need professional development opportunities and networking closer to their homes and offices,” says Samantha Villegas, president of the PRSA-NCC. “The Loudoun/Fairfax Committee will make our chapter more accessible to PR professionals in the western suburbs of the nation’s capital.”
The Eastern Loudoun/Western Fairfax area is home to major companies that employ public relations professionals, such as AOL, Raytheon, Orbital, Verizon Business, Nortel, ManTech and Volkswagen. In addition, there are a number of public affairs, marketing and communication professionals working for government and nonprofit organizations located outside the Beltway.
“D.C. has the largest PRSA chapter in the nation – more than 1,300 members – but most of them live outside the city. For breakfast workshops in particular, it will be much more convenient for those members to meet in Eastern Loudoun or Western Fairfax,” says Lois Kirkpatrick, manager of marketing and communications for Loudon County Economic Development, and the chair of the Loudoun/Fairfax PRSA Committee.
PRSA-NCC held a pilot event in Loudoun this past March. Almost 50 people registered to attend “Anatomy of a Crisis and the Impact of Social Media: Lessons From the Aurora Theater Shooting,” presented by the president of Weise Communications. Kirkpatrick is optimistic about drawing even more attendees to future Loudoun/Fairfax PRSA events.
“We have a really unique networking activity planned for July 17. ‘Ignite Loudoun/Fairfax’ will be based on the popular Ignite evenings that have been held in more than 100 cities worldwide. The event will be held at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn.
The group also plans to offer a professional development workshop at Redskins Park in Ashburn. “The venue will only allow us to accommodate a limited number of attendees, so it will be important to register for that event as soon as it’s announced,” Kirkpatrick says.
PR professionals who are interested in serving on the Loudoun/Fairfax PRSA Committee, or in having their companies provide space or sponsor either of these events, should contact Kirkpatrick at 703-737-8385 or email Lois.Kirkpatrick@Loudoun.Gov.
About the National Capital Chapter
The PRSA National Capital Chapter is a professional public relations association of more than 1,500 members in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. PRSA-NCC provides professional development programs, accreditation instruction, and networking. PRSA-NCC also promotes public relations education through five area PRSA student chapters. For more information, please visit www.prsa-ncc.org or call 703-691-9212. Connect with us on Facebook at PRSA_NCC or follow us on Twitter: @PRSA_NCC.
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