Friday Events Newsletter!

Hello PR people!

Below are some nice upcoming events in the Boston and SF-bay areas dealing with an array of issues within PR.  We’ll be posting an updated newsletter every Friday from here on out, so check these out, check in next week for more and above all happy Friday!!

Boston Events

Pumping Up the Traditional News Release – A Shared Teleseminar
February 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210 
Whether you’re a new media pro looking to brush up on your writing skills or a traditionalist who needs a nudge into social media, join us for a shared PRSA Teleseminar to learn the tips and tricks to get journalists to pick up your story.  Presenters will share practical tips for embedding contact links, video, images, backgrounders and bios. 
Presenter Malayna Williams is a managing partner at PWR New Media, experts in interactive digital communications. Malayna has worked for five years in the digital communications field, focused primarily on the execution of electronic press kits. She works with clients ranging from associations to CPG firms to some of the country’s largest and most innovative public relations firms. 

Note: Costs for this event are as follows: 
PRSA & Pub Club Members $25
Non-Members $25
Students $20 

San Francisco Events 

Media and PR Diversity: Why It Matters
February 25th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Wells Fargo, Stagecoach Room
120 Kearny Street, 20th, San Francisco
It is well proven that diverse, heterogeneous teams promote creativity, innovation and content development. Workforce diversity needs to be viewed as a competitive advantage and a business opportunity. For this reason, San Francisco PR agency, Weber-Shandwick hosts the reception at this event.
This evening program will bring greater awareness about diversity and inclusion to the PR and media community in the Bay Area, and is jointly sponsored by PRSA-San Francisco & Bay Area Black Journalists Association.  
During the panel discussion, many aspects of diversity will be discussed, from the newsroom to the PR industry. The discussion will share best practices, challenges and offer solutions.  RSVP/Info:    

Ignite Bay Area
March 2nd, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Automattic, Pier 38

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world individuals have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers. In the words of the founders: “During Global Ignite Week, impassioned speakers from all walks of life—entrepreneurs, technologists, DIYers, artists, farmers, and creative professionals—will present innovative ideas and solutions before an enthusiastic, often standing-room-only hometown crowd..they’ll aim to live up to the Ignite motto: ‘Enlighten us, but make it quick.'” Details on speeches, including bike building and “humanifestos,” can be found at @IgniteBayArea and tickets at 

FailChat #1: The Pivot
March 3rd, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

What do Flickr, YouTube, and Nintendo all have in common? They each went through a pivot: the act of a company drastically changing their product and/or business plan to attract a larger and/or more profitable market to avoid bankruptcy or business failure. With proper planning, good advisers, and loyal users, it can still be an excellent way for any startup to bounce back. Come meet and network with industry leaders, founders, and more, then join in our panel discussion on how and when to pivot, what it entails, what to expect, and more! Tickets available at

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