September President’s Message: A Great Phone Call

Last week, I received a unique phone call that left a smile on my face.

An aunt called wanting to learn more about PRSA Richmond. Her nephew recently graduated from college and is moving near the area. As a graduation gift, she is considering buying him a membership to PRSA to give him a head start in his career.

We chatted for 10 minutes about the chapter and our city. It was such a fun conversation because I love describing Richmond and sharing how PRSA Richmond continues to impact my career. I’m fortunate that I’ve always worked at organizations that understand the value of PRSA Richmond. But I’ve never thought of it as a gift to someone else.

What a cool aunt, right? Jumpstarting someone’s career with a membership at professional development organization is such a smart investment. And, there’s no better way to start in the communications profession than at PRSA Richmond.

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a seasoned pro, PRSA Richmond has a jam-packed fall full of stellar programming that you’re sure to love. The chapter’s board met in August for our annual summer planning session, and the calendar filled up quickly as committee chairs shared plans for events.

The ultimate communications and marketing networking gathering takes place on Sept. 6 at River City Roll when PRSA Richmond joins AMA Richmond and SMPS Virginia for the One Party. One week later, don’t miss our Sept. 13 professional development session with journalists from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, CBS-6 and Radio IQ. On Sept. 26 we head back to the Jefferson Lakeside County Club for our first luncheon since the summer break and we’re talking about engaging the millennial workforce.

Finally, there’s one thing I hope you can help me with. PRSA Richmond is deeply committed to supporting PRSSA chapters at local universities and colleges. Students often ask for professional speakers to visit meetings to talk about their careers. We’re creating a list of local professionals willing to chat with students. We’ll be kicking things off in October during Student Connections Week with a student/professional networking event. We need your help to make it a success.

See you soon.


Cameron McPherson, APR
PRSA Richmond President