Speed Mentoring GFWPRSA Style

Meeting-72The focus of this luncheon is YOU!

GFWPRSA is pleased to host its first-ever speed mentoring event – developed because our members voiced a desire for more interaction and exchange of professional knowledge. You spoke. We listened.

Those familiar with the concept of speed dating will have a general idea what to expect – but instead of meeting potential dates, you’ll visit with PR professionals. Get ready to meet mentors, protégés, allies and sources of information that can help give you fresh, new ideas for your public relations career. No matter one’s level of experience, everyone has something to teach and something to learn. This also is an opportunity to make connections and share insights with other public relations professionals across the Greater Fort Worth area. To kick off the event, students from Texas Christian University will briefly present their award-winning VITALS campaign.

Come prepared to share professional accomplishments and challenges!

Click here for a live Twitter feed – #FWPRSA.

Those who RSVP in advance will receive additional preparation materials. And if you’re feeling shy, don’t worry!  GFWPRSA will provide plenty of topics to keep the conversation flowing. From event-planning and crisis preparation to cost-effective research methods, everyone should walk away with a new idea or best practice.

Wednesday, May 8 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Complimentary valet parking provided!

Click here to register.


  • GFW PRSA Members – $25
  • National PRSA Members – $30
  • Non-members – $35
  • Students – $20

Walk-ups: Add an additional $5 to the above prices

To account for additional costs associated with walk-ups and other meeting services, the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA uses the following reservation policy: Online reservations are due no later than 5 pm the Friday prior to the luncheon, and cancellations must be made by 5 p.m. the day before the luncheon. No-shows will be billed or a representative may attend in that person’s place at no additional charge. Walk-ups are accepted for an additional $5 if space is available.


Attention New Grads!

Are you graduating college and looking to connect with the PR community? Would you like to network with other new PR pros?

New-Grads-EventLRFrom New Grads to New Pros Event

Join the PRSA NuPros Committee for a night connecting with professionals and learning the benefits of joining a professional organization.

Tuesday, May 21  5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Brewed
Located at 801 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX

This meeting is free of charge. Attendees will pay the restaurant directly for their food and drinks.

To Register:

Contact Shannon Listorti at s.m.listorti@gmail.com.

Master’s SIG March 21st Event Photos

There were plenty of fun conversations and lots of catching up, plus discussions of trends and issues, at the first 2013 quarterly networking Happy Hour of the Greater Fort Worth PRSA Master’s SIG mixer on Thursday, March 21.

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Pictured left to right: Mary Gugliuzza; Carol Peters; Bill Lawrence, APR; Kay Barkin, APR; Chris Smith; Lori Soderbergh; Julie O’Neil; Pamela Percival; Margaret Ritsch, APR; Viqui Litman and Joan Hunter

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Pictured left to right: Mary Gugliuzza; Bill Lawrence, APR; Joan Hunter; Carol Peters; Chris Smith and Julie O’Neil

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Pictured left to right: Mary Gugliuzza; Chris Smith and Julie O’Neil


President’s Column – April 2013

Chris Smith, Greater Fort Worth PRSA President

ChrisSmithPortraitLRThe Worthy Awards competition gained great momentum in just its second year, as Committee Chair and Board Director Margaret Ritsch, APR, shared the news post-deadline about the number of entries impressively surpassing established goals.

“It’s already clear that the Worthy Awards has become a very competitive contest,” Ritsch said. “Clearly, the market was ripe for a new awards program for public relations professionals in North Texas.”

Some communicators also attribute its early success to the 2011 folding of the Texas Public Relations Association, which also held an annual awards competition.

In any case, you won’t want to miss the presentation of these awards honoring Fort Worth’s most inspiring, influential and innovative communicators. Plan now to attend our Worthy Awards Gala held this year on April 25 at the Fort Worth Club. Tickets are going fast, so visit the website now to register.

In other news, do you know what APR stands for?
A. APR = April abbreviation per AP Style
B. APR = Annual Percentage Rate
C. APR = Accreditation in Public Relations
D. APR = American Poetry Review

Actually, APR stands for all of the above. However, if you work in the public relations field, then you know that “C” is the most relevant answer.

APR hails as a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound personal judgment. Veterans say you become more marketable and earn higher pay with an APR. See if it’s so on April 10. Because our chapter wants to shine a light on the benefits of earning the prestigious credential, this month’s program will feature APR Committee Co-Chairs Sandra Brodnicki, APR, and Linda Jacobson, APR, plus others who have earned the APR or are currently going through the process.
Come hear what all the fuss is about and prepare to be enlightened – as always, right?