Nominations Committee composition announced

PRSA Central Ohio would like to thank following individuals for agreeing to serve on the chapter’s nominating committee. Each year, the nominating committee confers to review nominations for those to serve on the chapter’s Board of Directors. This group must be made up of no fewer than five voting members, as well as the chapter’s incoming president serving in a non-voting role. Our chapter’s Bylaws require the following types of members to be represented among this group:

  • Chair – Past President
  • A past chapter president
  • A former chapter board member
  • A board member not up for reelection
  • The chapter’s ethics officer
  • Two members at large
  • President-elect (ex-officio)

This year’s nominating committee includes:

  • Alisa Agozzino, APR, Board Member Not Up For Reelection
  • Mackenzie Betts, Former Board Member
  • Kerry Francis, APR, Ethics Officer
  • Currecia Gamble, Member at Large
  • Diane Hurd, President-Elect (ex-officio)
  • John Palmer, APR, Past President
  • Kim Ratcliff, APR, Member At Large
  • Alicia Shoults, Immediate Past President (Chair)

The Nominating Committee will present a slate to the membership for voting, nominating one candidate for each office and expiring Directorship. Voting is expected to begin on the slate in late September or early October upon receipt of National PRSA approval on our chapter’s recent Bylaws changes adding a Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

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September is Ethics Month

It’s September, and that means it’s Ethics Month!

The three Ps – politics, pandemics and protests – have definitely highlighted some ethical issues lately. While some, such as truth in reporting, have been straightforward, others are a bit more subtle, like gaslighting. Never before has the ethical practice of public relations been more important.

September is Ethics Month, an opportunity to pause to celebrate the importance of PRSA’s Code of Ethics, recognized as the gold standard for ethical behavior throughout the communications profession. The theme of this year’s Ethics Month is “Doing The Right Thing,” a theme that really resonates in today’s environment – and is more complex than ever before.

One of the great things about being a PRSA member is the access to many resources, including training, best practices and even counsel from me, your Ethics Officer, and the Board of Ethical Standards and Practice (BEPS). This month, BEPS will offer a variety of opportunities to gain information – and share your insight and lessons learned! Some highlights include:
APRs Speak: Black Men Discuss Ethics, Equity & Inclusion
Password: BEPS
Sept. 2, 12 p.m.
Moderator: Stacy Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA
Panelists: Brandon Wilson, APR, president & CEO, Wilbron Inc.; Roszell Gadson, APR, public affairs specialist, State Farm; Cedric F. Brown, APR, columnist, “D&I Explained,” PRSA’s Strategies & Tactics; Kenn Dixon, APR, vice president of communications & public relations, Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Leading With Ethics
Sept. 8, 3 p.m.
Presenters: Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president integrated marketing communications, The Strive Group; BJ Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, BJW Public Relations; Michelle Egan, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Alyeska Pipeline Service
Twitter Chat
Ethical Challenges in Today’s Global Information World
Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
Follow along @prsa using the hashtags #PRSAChat and #EthicsMonth
Editorial Coverage
Weekly PRsay Blog Posts
Feature article in the September issue of Strategies & Tactics

This month, I encourage you to take a moment to think about ways you apply ethics in your daily work – and how that makes a difference for you, your organization and the profession. Check out these great resources, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of assistance with gathering information or working through an ethical dilemma.

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