Professional Development & Networking
One of the key member benefits provided by PRSA-NY is our robust programming offering everything from skills training to the latest content, special events and social gatherings. 

Members and non-members are welcome, but as a member you receive discounts that can save you hundreds of dollars yearly. If you have ideas for programs or events contact us at with the details.

Meeting/Event Information


PRSA-NY 2014 Career Forum

May 01, 2014

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway



Pre-registration has closed - on-site registration will be available.

PRSA-NY 2014 Career Forum


Establishing a network of the right PR professionals can kick-start your career.  Come to the PRSA New York Career Forum and connect with agency, corporate and non-profit organizations and professionals.  Get valuable guidance to help you find the PR track that is best for you.

$10.00 - Student/New Professional General Admission Ticket  Register Now

$500.00 - Corporate and Agency Exhibitor -- $250.00 - Nonprofit Exhibitor  Register Now

Sponsorships Available – Find out more!


Keynote Topic:  An Inside Look at a Successful Career in PR

Keynote Address: 

Stephanie Smirnov, managing director consumer marketing, Edelman NY

A seasoned consumer PR practitioner with over 20 years of experience across CPG, beauty, wellness and retail, Stephanie joined Edelman in summer 2013 to oversee the New York consumer marketing practice.  Previously she served as CEO, U.S. at DeVries Global, an award-winning consumer PR firm where she oversaw U.S. operations and provided senior counsel to blue chip marketers such as P&G, Pepperidge Farm, Tyson and Boston Beer Company. Stephanie also established a dedicated creative and strategy hub at DeVries that helped grow digital revenue from zero to 20% of agency total in the space of just five years. Read more

Panel Discussion:

Cracking the Code: Making the Most of an Internship or First Job
The public relations industry is in its prime and New York is the industry’s hub. Join us at 2 p.m. for a panel discussion featuring HR and PR professionals who will help you crack the code and become a stand-out PR professional or intern.


Chris Olert, former assistant media director, Con Edison

After a rich career as a reporter, including The Associated Press, The New York Post, The Staten Island Advance and TV stations, I became assistant director, media relations for Con Edison. Along with Director Michael Clendenin, we and six managers were the face and voice of Con Edison in New York City and Westchester County. I directed the managers to find stories within the company to share with New York and national media. I left Con Edison to write a book, which is being typed. I also am doing free-lance media consulting and voice overs. In my spare time, I read newspapers -- ahh news from dead trees, new media, entertain occasionally on Twitter and savor cooking, plus attempt golf and thoroughbred handicapping. In my spare time, I consult with world leaders on peace initiatives, promote humor and promote friends and relatives in the theatre.


  • Brandi Boatner, digital experience manager, IBM
  • Scheron Brown, U.S. talent manager, Burson-Marsteller
  • Kathleen Duke, recruitment manager, Brunswick Group
  • Dan Fernandez,  associate account executive, Kellen Communications


The PRSA-NY Career Forum goal is to attract top diverse talent to the PR profession and help students and young professionals from diverse backgrounds prepare for a career in public relations. The event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. We hope your company will join us there!

$500.00 Corporate and Agency Exhibitor
$250.00 Nonprofit Exhibitor
As an exhibitor, we ask that if you agree to participate in the Career Forum, you come prepared to do one of three things:

1)  Offer a summer internship
2)  Offer an entry-level position
3)  Offer support (either financial or in-kind) to an area university (For example, speaking at a local area college about a career in PR)

During the Career Forum you can meet and recruit 2014 local area college students and new professionals from a diverse variety of disciplines applying for PR and corporate communications positions and internships.


$1,000.00 Level 1 - Sponsorship Fee
$2,000.00 Level 2 - Sponsorship Fee
$3,000.00 Level 3 - Sponsorship Fee

We hope to see you at the 2014 PRSA NY Career Forum!

PRSA-New York gratefully acknowledges NYIT for hosting this program.


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Questions? Please send an email to or call the PRSA-NY Office at 212-228-7228

Online Registration will be open until Wednesday, April 30,  2014 at 11:59 pm.  Note: Anyone registering after Monday, April 28 will not receive a printed name badge (hand-written badge onsite).

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 30 or you will remain responsible for the registration fee.

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway at 61st
New York, NY  10023
1:00pm - 5:00pm

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway at 61st
New York, NY 10023-7692


$0.00 Complimentary

(Please review the refund/cancellation policy, if any, noted above)

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