Join the PR Professionals!
Welcome to the website of the Public Relations Society of America Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. We are approximately 300 members strong, representing public relations and communications professionals from across our region, from recent college graduates to mid-level professionals to leaders in agency, corporate and nonprofit settings.
As a communicator, you have to keep pace with changes in society, track organizational issues and know the latest trends. PRSA of Southeastern Wisconsin can help you meet these challenges and capitalize on the opportunities offered by them. To that end, we offer:
• Regular professional development presentations
• Ongoing networking events
• Professional accreditation (APR)
• Volunteer and community service opportunities
• Special opportunities for Young Pros
• Leadership roles through Board service
• Recognition through our annual awards program, the Paragons
The Public Relations Society of America Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter was founding in 1951 by Greta W. Murphy, who served as vice president of public relations and development in the Milwaukee School of Engineering. A book entitled “Works Beyond Words: Fifty Plus Stories,” written by Bill Nelson, a former newspaper reporter, covers Milwaukee public relations from 1945-1995.
Our chapter is part of a national organization, chartered in 1947, which is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. With more than 21,000 members, PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles ofethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession.
The national PRSA also advocates for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and acts as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time. In addition, there are more than 10,000 students who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at colleges and universities here and abroad. Our local chapter is actively engaged with several area PRSSA chapters.
PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter Diversity Statement
The PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter is committed to providing professional development opportunities that are reflective and inclusive of all segments of society. Our goal is to provide communications programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas, perspectives and cultural backgrounds. Through our events and resources, we aim to encourage, educate and engage with a diverse group of communications professionals while affecting change and fostering growth in the public relations industry.
For us diversity and inclusion is vital to the success of our chapter, our profession and the communities in which we live and work. We champion diversity and inclusion by reaching and involving chapter members who represent a broad spectrum of differences, we encourage to participate in chapter leadership as well as programming. Ultimately, their success is our success.
Defining Diversity & Inclusion
Our definition of diversity covers characteristics, identities and their intersectionality including race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, culture, age, gender, gender identity and diversity of thought. These defining attributes impact how we approach our work, connect with others and move through the world. Everyone has at least one thing in common; we are different. Diversity and inclusion are proactive behaviors that respect, embrace and celebrate those differences.
Our chapter is only as good as our members. We encourage you to explore this site, learn more about our organization and get involved.