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Minnesota Chapter Members Recognized at 2021 PRSA ICON
Published on: 10/14/2021
Minnesota PRSA has the privilege and honor of having two members recognized at the PRSA National ICON 2021 conference, taking place virtually through Oct. 20.
Minnesota PRSA Seeks New Leaders for 2022 Board of Directors
Minnesota PRSA Admin
Published on: 8/11/2021
If you’re a Minnesota PRSA member in good standing, you’re eligible to serve on the Board and play a leadership role in guiding and serving our membership in the years ahead.
Minnesota PRSA Honors 2020 Achievements in Communication and Public Relations
Published on: 4/30/2021
The Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (Minnesota PRSA) celebrated the 43rd Annual Classics Awards virtually on April 29. The Classics Awards are presented to public relations professionals who have successfully addressed a communication challenge with exemplary skill and creativity as determined by their peers.
April is APR month – Invest in yourself
Published on: 4/7/2021
If you have been thinking about joining the ranks of thousands of practitioners across the United States who have earned their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), what better time than APR-il!
Twin Cities PR Leader elected as Chair for PRSA College of Fellows
Published on: 3/29/2021
Minneapolis, March 29, 2021 – Following a rigorous national selection process, Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA, has been selected to serve as the 2021 chair-elect for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows. Her extensive knowledge of the College’s vision for the future including strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, ethics and preparing to welcome new generations of Fellows, made her the top contender.
Minnesota PRSA Installs 2021 Board of Directors
Minnesota PRSA Admin
Published on: 1/27/2021
2021 focus areas include professional growth, connection-building, diversity and inclusion, and industry ethics and excellence.
Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips Receives National Diversity and Inclusion Honor from PRSA
Published on: 10/26/2020
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 26, 2020 – Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips, president and founder of MRPP & Associates Communications, LLC will be awarded the D. Parke Gibson Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the nation’s leading organization for communication professionals. The award is one of seven that will be presented to individuals at the virtual PRSA ICON Conference October 26-29.
Two More Minnesotans Added to College of Fellows
Minnesota PRSA Admin
Published on: 8/6/2020
The Minnesota chapter of PRSA has two more members entering the College of Fellows this fall – Brooke Worden, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, The Rudin Group; and Mike Porter, Ed.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Distinguished Service Professor, University of St. Thomas.
Minnesota PRSA Board Donates $2,500 to National Multicultural Endowment Scholarship Fund
Minnesota PRSA Admin
Published on: 7/21/2020
At its July 15 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) approved a donation of $2,500 to the Multicultural Endowment Scholarship fund, a recently established national scholarship through the PRSA Foundation and the PRSA national Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This fund was created to educate and empower rising diverse talent in the public relations and communication industry.
Marsha R. Pitts-Phillips on Proactive D&I Efforts
Published on: 7/20/2020
Be proactive. Educate yourself. As PR practitioners, our first step is always to research.Don’t wait for a crisis such as what happened with Mr. Floyd. And don’t expect African-Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx and other persons of color, those in the LGBTQ+ community, or women to do the work for you and provide answers to your every question.
Minnesota PRSA Honors 2019 Local Achievements in Communications With Virtual Event
Published on: 6/26/2020
Padilla takes home Best of Show at 42nd annual Classics Awards; 32 other award winners formally recognized
Minnesota PRSA Helps Establish National Multicultural Endowment Scholarship Fund
Minnesota PRSA Admin
Published on: 6/12/2020
Minnesota chapter is inaugural donor of scholarship to support the next generation of multicultural public relations leaders
Town Hall Replay: Ethical Public Relations, Press Conferences, and Public Engagement During Crisis
Published on: 6/8/2020
Minnesota PRSA and The Hubbard School at the University of Minnesota co-sponsored an important panel discussion focused on the roles and responsibilities of media and PR professionals during a crisis.
Communicating During COVID-19: A Virtual Town Hall for Communicators by Communicators
Published on: 4/3/2020
COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and a new normal to our work and daily lives. Trusted, clear, consistent communication has never been more critical as we lead through rapid change and transition to new ways of working together.

On April 2nd, Minnesota PRSA hosted a free virtual town hall designed to bring our member community together to share experiences, best practices and advice with one another.
Pivot to Purpose: A Better Path for Business
Published on: 1/27/2020
Founders, executive leaders, marketers, communicators and strategists are uniquely positioned to help create better businesses and a better world. Pivot to Purpose, an event co-hosted by Minnesota PRSA and Beehive Strategic Communication, brought together a community of people energized about advancing business solutions to address social and economic issues.
Minnesota PRSA Installs 2020 Board of Directors
Published on: 1/24/2020
Professional development, building connections and refreshing and introducing the chapter’s strategic plan are key 2020 focus areas
Help Us Support Future PR & Communications Professionals
Published on: 12/3/2019
More than a decade ago, the Minnesota PRSA Student Fund (formerly the Fellows Fund) was created as a resource for students to be able to engage more deeply with the chapter and our membership.

In order to continue offering this resource to our students, I am asking you to consider making a one-time donation to replenish this fund for the upcoming year.
Minnesota PRSA Welcomes Three New APRs
Published on: 11/11/2019
Three members of the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America – Emily Finley, Michelle Uher and Carolyn Will – all recently earned their Accreditation in Public Relations. The Minnesota chapter has among the highest number of APR-accredited professionals in the nation.
David R. Hakensen Receives National Honor from PRSA for Community Service
Published on: 11/5/2019
Local PR leader recognized with Paul M. Lund Service Award
Minnesota PRSA 2020 Board of Directors Election
Published on: 11/4/2019
The time has come to cast your vote on the slate of nominees for open positions on the 2020 Minnesota PRSA Board of Directors.
Highlights from the PRSA 2019 International Conference
Published on: 10/21/2019
Our Minnesota Chapter has had a milestone weekend at the 2019 International Conference in San Diego!
Minnesota PRSA Seeks New Leaders for 2020 Board of Directors
Published on: 9/17/2019
Are you interested in serving on Minnesota PRSA's Board of Directors in 2020? The chapter’s nominating committee will meet this fall to nominate five Minnesota PRSA directors, and the nominees will come before a vote of the entire Minnesota PRSA membership leading up to our 2019 Annual Meeting on December 4.

In the past, all nominees were required to have earned their accreditation in public relations (APR) in order to be considered. Following a chapter bylaw change in 2018, up to two Board of Director positions are open to non-APR members.
Three Minnesotans Join College of Fellows
Published on: 7/19/2019
The Minnesota chapter of PRSA has an unprecedented number of new members entering the College of Fellows this fall. Of the 11 new members, three hail from Minnesota - Thomas J. Jollie, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, Padilla; Paul G. Omodt, APR, Fellow PRSA, owner and principal, Omodt & Associates Critical Communications LLC; and Janet E. Swiecichowski, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, CEL Marketing|PR|Design.
Janet Swiecichowski, APR Appointed to Minnesota PRSA Board of Directors
Published on: 7/9/2019
In June, Janet Swiecichowski, APR, was elected by the Minnesota PRSA Board of Directors to fulfill the remainder of Kimberly Albert’s two-year term. Kimberly resigned from the board in March due to personal and work commitments. Per the chapter’s bylaws, successors will be nominated by the President and elected by the board. Janet’s term will end in December 2019.

“We were very diligent about finding the right candidate to fill the board vacancy,” said Minnesota PRSA President Eva Keiser, APR. “As we approach, the organization’s 70th year, it was extremely important that the successor has been active in the organization and was committed to helping shape Minnesota PRSA’s future.”

In her role on the board, Janet will be working closely with the chapter's executive team as it conducts extensive member and nonmember research as part of the strategic planning process.

Janet previously served on the Minnesota PRSA Board in 2001-2002 and has been activ
Minnesota PRSA Honors Tom Jollie with Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award
Published on: 5/7/2019
Tom Jollie, APR and senior vice president at Padilla, received the Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award at the 41st annual PRSA Classic Awards on May 2. The peer-judged award, created in 1996, honors the late public relations pioneer Donald G. Padilla and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession of public relations, has contributed to the mission of PRSA and has volunteered their time and talents toward making our community better.
Minnesota PRSA Honors Katie Huggins with the Rising Star Award
Published on: 5/7/2019
Starting as a student, Huggins continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening the organization’s relevance within the local PR community.

Minnesota PRSA has awarded Katie Huggins, external communications specialist at Best Buy, with its Rising Star award. The award celebrates accomplishments of exceptional members of the chapter who have served three to seven years in the industry, post-graduation. Higgins received the award at Minnesota Public Relations society of America (PRSA) Classics on May 2.
Minnesota PRSA Installs 2019 Board of Directors
Published on: 1/25/2019
Minnesota becomes nation’s first chapter to elect Board-level Diversity and Inclusion Officer;

2019 Board of Directors unanimously elects Marsha Pitts-Phillips to newly created role.
Minnesota PRSA Bylaw Changes Approved
Published on: 11/7/2018
UPDATE - At the December 5, 2018 Minnesota PRSA Annual Meeting, the proposed bylaw changes were approved by the membership. The changes to the bylaws are outlined below.
Minnesota PRSA Honors Paul Maccabee with Donald G. Padilla Award
Published on: 5/16/2018
Minnesota PRSA Honors Paul Maccabee with Donald G. Padilla Award
Using 30 Years of PR Experience, Maccabee has Supported Causes that Focus on Community Improvement, Social Justice
Minnesota PRSA Names Holli Henderson Young Professional of the Year
Published on: 4/30/2018
MINNEAPOLIS (May 30, 2018) – Minnesota PRSA has awarded Holli Henderson, a marketing communications manager at U.S. Bank, with its Young Professional of the Year Award. The award celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional members of the chapter who have served three to seven years in the industry, post-graduation. Henderson received the award at Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Classics on April 19.
Minnesota PRSA Honors Achievements in Local Communications During 2017
Published on: 4/25/2018
Exponent PR Clinches Best of Show at 40th anniversary edition of Classics Awards, 45 other award-winners formally recognized
Certificate in PR Sets Two New Graduates Apart
Published on: 4/22/2018
Jilliaen Fiebelkorn and Karen Johnson, both recent graduates of Metropolitan State University, recently earned their Certificates in Principles of Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Both women earned the honor in June 2017.
Connecting in 2018 - Happy New Year and thank you for making Minnesota PRSA a part of your career!
Published on: 1/5/2018
Since 1996, Minnesota PRSA has been a place where I learned new skills, broadened my perspective, developed leadership abilities and connected with peers.

Over the years, the greatest value has come from the individuals I’ve met, the colleagues I volunteered alongside and the network Minnesota PRSA helped me create.