My first year as President

Today marks the end of my first year (and the start of my second) as PRIA’s Victorian President.

Along the way, I have met some truly amazing people, heard some fascinating stories and learnt a lot of new things about being a communicator.

Firstly, my sincere thanks to my fellow councillors for their hard work and enthusiasm, particularly Paul Crisp and Jessica Markovsky who are finishing up on council this year after more than a decade of combined service to the organisation as President and national representative respectively.

Thank you also to the wonderful members I have met along the way. To those who have spoken at our events, thank you for sharing your experience. To everyone who has attended our workshops, breakfasts and lunches, thank you for joining us and adding to the profession. And to those who have sponsored or helped organise our events, my sincere gratitude for your time and commitment.

And what a year it has been. From a tour of The Age and 3AW’s headquarters at Media House to a sold out Women in PR forum at Crown, we’ve had some amazing people share their knowledge and experience. But it’s not all workshops and networking, we’ve also developed a very successful mentoring program and have lots of activities planned with our Fellows, Young Communicators and RCG members.

Some of our recent event highlights include:

– Leadership Breakfasts covering everything from the future of PR to how to build a successful communication business

– A sold-out Women in PR forum

– An engaging panel discussion with communicators from three of Melbourne’s major events

– An intimate, members-only tour of The Age and 3AW’s Media House.

Our next event is tomorrow (Wednesday) night with Jocelyn Hunter, Trevor Young, Marla Nelson and Jeremy Wrench sharing their tips on getting the most out of your PR agency. It’s a must attend for any PR professional – in house or consultant.

Then on Thursday 22 September, we’ll be celebrating communications in Victoria at the State Awards function at ACMI. Join us to network with fellow communicators and hear about some of the best PR campaigns in town.

We’ve also bought our friends at Burning House along for the ride. They produced a new video series called Broadcast PR, which features interviews with leaders in PR in Australia.

What’s next …

In October, head to Sydney for our National Conference with international speaker Brian Solis and the dame of Australian media Ita Buttrose.

And then in November 2012, join communicators from around the world at the World PR Forum in Melbourne.

And finally, if you’re a communicator and not a member of PRIA, join us today.

Cheers, Jack & the c word crew

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