Author: Cara Richards, Marketing Coordinator, IDEA; PRSA-NCC Membership Committee Member
How to Get Involved with Our Local Chapter
Last month, you heard from Kate about how networking through PRSA-NCC led to her current job. Joining and becoming an active member of the D.C.-metro-area chapter opens up all kinds of opportunities. This month, I spoke to Kelsey Pospisil, Co-Chair of the New Professionals Committee, about her experience with the chapter. Kelsey shares what she wishes she had known when first joining and her secret to becoming a successful PRSA-NCC member.
Q: How long have you been a PRSA member? PRSA-NCC?
KP: I joined PRSA-NCC right when I joined PRSA, which was almost two years ago. Membership and engagement with the chapter has enriched my life greatly – personally and professionally.
Q: Since joining PRSA-NCC what types of events have you attended? How have you gotten involved?
KP: One of the best things about PRSA-NCC is that there are events for everyone. I’ve gone to a lot of Professional Development and Membership events. Also, I am one of the co-chairs of the New Professionals committee, which has been incredibly rewarding. We host networking happy hours, professional development events, sporting games, etc. There are so many new professionals eager to get more involved in the industry and PRSA-NCC.
Q: What kind of benefits have you seen from being a part of the local PRSA chapter?
KP: Meeting great people is hands down the best benefit. The takeaways I learn at every event are fantastic, but the people are what make PRSA-NCC what is it. Genuine, helpful, generous people make up PRSA-NCC, and that is by far the greatest benefit to my career and personal life.
Q: Is there anything you wish someone would have told you when you joined PRSA-NCC?
KP: I wish someone would have told me to try not to be so shy in the beginning. It’s very easy to have the thought in your head, “Oh everyone already knows each other, so I’ll be out of place.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, people know each other, but PRSA-NCC members are welcoming and eager to make you feel comfortable – I’ve learned that firsthand.
Q: What advice do you have for new DC-area professionals entering the industry?
KP: Be confident enough in yourself to know you’re good at what you do, and that there are a lot of people who want to help you grow in your career. PRSA-NCC is a great outlet to meet those people. But I think the most important advice is not only to join PRSA-NCC, but to get involved as well. It’s easy to join a committee, and they’d welcome you with open arms!
If you’d like to get involved with the PRSA-NCC New Professionals committee, please email Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org