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Roundtable Discussions

  • Childer's Banquet & Catering Center 3113 N Dries Lane Peoria, IL, 61606 (map)

Join us on Wednesday, March 20 for our annual Roundtable Discussions featuring three industry experts. Please note this meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

Topic 1: The Un-Awkward Networker with Brad Stegall, WEEK-TV

Networking. [Noun] The action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Some people thrive, while others dread the very thought. But, no matter if you love it or hate it, we all have times when it’s necessary to network with other professionals. Join Brad Stegall, Multi-Media Specialist at WEEK-TV (and unofficially, an expert at networking!) during this roundtable as he shares tips on how to make the most of networking events. From the way you introduce yourself to how you dress, there are many factors that can make or break a successful networking opportunity. (P.S. We will NOT practice speed networking during this roundtable. You can thank us later.)

Topic 2: The Power of a Thank You with Carol Merna, The Center for the Prevention of Abuse

We are all busy and sometimes we forget the little things. Something as small as a simple Thank You note, or letter can make a long and lasting impact. During this roundtable, learn from Carol Merna, Executive Director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, as she presents on how she uses Thank You notes and letters to build relationships with donors, volunteers, legislators, and community members. No matter if you’re in a role at a non-profit organization or the private sector, remembering to say Thank You can leave a far bigger impression than you might realize.

Topic 3: Spot the (2019) PR Trends—Content Marketing & Earned Media with Sara Skolaski, The Spot Coffee

Sara is the owner/founder of The Spot Coffee, a new-ish and local favorite! The Spot has an incredible marketing strategy—be real, be organic. She celebrates her team (even when they leave her), has a huge heart, and is always looking for a Passion Project. Sara has reached the hearts of our community (especially through social and earned media) by working to highlight her rock star employees and working with her competitors. Content marketing and earned media continue to be important trends for PR in 2019. Join Sara for this roundtable as shares with how she #nailsit.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 15.