Message from the President
2022 - Steve Carr
Hello and Welcome
Hello to all my friends and colleagues in the communications and public relations industry in New Mexico. My name is Steve Carr, 2022 president for your New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NMPRSA). On behalf of the 2022 board, I’d like to extend the warmest of wishes to each and every one of you as we begin a new year of programming. I believe there are two key areas that help drive professional networking organizations such as NMPRSA – programming and participation.
On the programming side we have an exciting year planned for our members as well as non-members in the field. From our monthly luncheons to our new pros events to our community engagement and afterhours networking events, we hope you’ll find an interesting mix of professional development activities to get involved in with the chapter.
And that’s the second key area – participation. We are planning many in-person events to encourage each of you, as you’re comfortable (pandemic), to participate and get involved with. Another way to get involved is by volunteering to help throughout the year. We have a number of committees that will allow you to get involved with various areas that may be of interest including:
Cumbre Awards & Judging
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
So if you’re looking to step out and expand your professional development efforts and network and have some fun with fellow communications and PR professionals at the same time, serving and assisting on one of these committees is a great way to do so! You’ll hear more about the areas above throughout the course of the year and opportunities to get involved. We sincerely hope you’ll take advantage and help drive the success of the chapter during these challenging times!
Finally, many of you might remember me from a number of years ago. I served as NMPRSA chapter president in 2015. Despite the challenges we start the year with and have endured for nearly two years now, I am excited and looking forward to serving a second term! That said, I’d like to hear from you during the upcoming year. If you have thoughts, suggestions, new ideas for the chapter or an exciting project or story you’d like to share with us for our website or social media platforms, please feel free to reach out anytime and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you and how we can improve the chapter!
All the best,
2021 - Hilma Chynoweth
2020 - Brenna Moore
With everything 2020 has thrown our way, it seems fitting somehow that I am writing my official Letter from the Chair in the last month of the year. Instead of looking ahead at the year for which we had planned, I am instead reflecting on the past several months and all that the New Mexico Chapter of PRSA has accomplished i n a tumultuous and trying year.
2020 started out strong with our January and February luncheons, and then March came, bringing with it statewide stay-at-home restrictions. NMPRSA was able to pivot and adapt, providing free, useful and timely content not only to our membership base but to the community of public relations and communications professionals within New Mexico as a whole. With eight months of virtual programming under our belt, we look forward to being able to continue providing content in this form — even as we begin to resume normal operations — as a means of engaging our members throughout the far corners of the state.
With the increased level of importance on social justice issues this year, we also used this time to establish the chapter’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Committee in order to keep these topics at the forefront of NMPRSA‘s mission and focus for years to come. If you are interested in becoming involved in this committee, please contact our DE&I Liaison Rachael Maestas.
While normally an in-person celebration, our 2020 Virtual Cumbre Awards highlighted the best and the brightest within our profession, honoring 35 entries with awards – more this year than in recent years past. If you weren’t able to catch the live premiere, you can watch the ceremony on our YouTube channel, view all of the winning entries on the Cumbres website or read a recap of the awards within Albuquerque Business First.
In looking forward to next year, I hope you will take the time to consider becoming involved in one of our committees. With focuses ranging from marketing and communications to diversity and new professionals, there are so many ways to help grow and develop the public relations and communications professions within New Mexico. If you are interested in becoming involved, please email incoming president Hilma Chynoweth.
On behalf of NMPSA, I would like to sincerely thank you for your chapter membership and for your participation and engagement in a very challenging but enlightening year. I look forward to staying connected with all of you and continuing to advance the industry in 2021 and beyond.
Best wishes and happy holidays,
2019 - Nancy Salem
Welcome to NMPRSA and to 2019, an exciting new year for PR and the dedicated people who make our profession great.
I am honored to serve as this year’s NMPRSA board president and look forward to seeing you at our monthly events. I serve with a talented board of gifted communications professionals from an impressive array of backgrounds. Together we are working on an enlightening and valuable lineup of luncheons, socials, and our annual awards banquet.
Please join us as we kick off the year with past board presidents discussing the State of the State of PR. From there we will look at how to develop an awesome PR campaign, what the big changes in New Mexico’s city and state governments mean for PR professionals, and how to tap into our thriving film infrastructure. We’ll explore social media, ethics, diversity, and professional burnout. Also on tap is an up close and personal evening get-together with members of the local media.
Our board will work to ensure that membership voices are heard not only in Albuquerque but in other parts of the state. NMPRSA has a board member from Santa Fe and will hold an event there later in the year. We also plan to send out a membership survey to find out what you’d like to see from your New Mexico Chapter. We welcome and encourage your input.
Through our membership, you can grow your network, stay on top of industry trends through online learning, and so much more!
Thank you joining us at NMPRSA. I wish you success in 2019 and hope to see you throughout the year.
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