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Professional Development


The Professional Development (P.D.) Committee is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to offer Washington, D.C. area communicators with all levels of experience professional development by hosting educational events, workshops and seminars across many subject areas. Covering a wide array of interests, topics range from dealing with changes in traditional media to how to use social media and from marketing and communications strategies to managerial training and more.   

P.D. Committee members come up with event/theme suggestions and then work as team to discuss and gauge the level of interest of PRSA-NCC members. Typically, there is one event organizer from the committee, who may also moderate the event. That person will also prepare the marketing and communications piece that will eventually go out to PRSA-NCC members. P.D. committee members are expected to pitch in with communications out-reach, reviewing write-ups, and help secure speakers. It truly is a group effort!

What We Do

We are responsible for planning and implementing a full schedule of professional development workshops – everything from new communications tools to insight into developing trends. The Professional Development Committee’s goal is to identify and meet the educational needs of our diverse membership. See the chapter events schedule for what's currently planned.

Who We Are Looking For

We welcome new committee members who are expert in or want to learn more about developing seminars and workshops to continue and enhance the skills and knowledge of local public relations practitioners.

The P.D. Committee meets face-to-face on the first Wednesday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Asher Agency, 1750 K Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washinton, DC  20006. However, if one puts on an event he/she should consider the time (and it varies) required to contact potential speakers and panelists, write up a one-page marketing piece, and hold a pre-event conference call with speakers to go over final arrangements. There is a good amount of communication among members and co-chairs via email to discuss important issues.

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Build skills in planning, hosting and executing events and workshops
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to take an event from concept to conclusion
  • Learn from ongoing educational activities
  • Collaborate with other PR practitioners
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment from staging successful events

How to Join the Committee

PRSA-NCC members in good standing are welcome to apply to become active members of the P.D. Committee. Prospective members should have communications and public relations experience and have contacts within the broader communications and/or media community.

How to Join the Committee

Contact one of our committee leaders:
Patty Nicastri
Robert Krueger


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