In PRSA, I Found a Community That Inspires

By: Alexis Novales, Co-Chair of New Professionals Committee

As graduation was quickly approaching, I wanted to prepare myself as much as possible before eagerly jumping into the world of public relations. Informational interviews seemed like the best way to connect with industry leaders - absorbing all of the knowledge and expertise they were willing to share.

A common thread from almost every interview was the benefits of joining the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). While it sounded very convincing, I was still hesitant about officially joining.

It wasn’t until I participated in a PRSA Tampa Bay webinar that I was sold. Seeing the webinar hosted by a vibrant and successful woman of color immediately caught my attention. However, what truly convinced me was witnessing this supportive community of PR professionals be so open to hearing a new perspective and re-learning how they thought about the webinar topic. I left the webinar truly inspired.

After doing more research on PRSA and the Tampa Bay chapter specifically, I was delighted to see the countless insightful programs they offered. It was then that I realized this isn’t just an organization where people occasionally meet up and possibly promote their business. Rather, it is an inclusive group of public relations professionals who strive to inform and educate each other. This type of programming benefits PRSA not only because it helps its current members - but it also brings in a new audience.

In the ever-changing world of public relations, having a curious and open mind is key. Therefore, we must actively find what inspires us and consciously make the effort to learn from one another.

As the new co-chair of the PRSA Tampa Bay “New Professionals” committee, I hope to bring a fresh perspective. My eagerness to learn and build upon my academic foundation will allow me to collaborate with current members on the types of programs new professionals like myself want to see. My goal is to encourage the next generation of PR professionals to realize they have a place in this organization. I’m proud to be joining a field of forward-thinkers and perceptive leaders.

If you'd like to learn more about getting involved in the Tampa Bay Chapter of PRSA, just contact [email protected]. Don't forget to keep checking for information on future events. And go to to learn about the benefits of membership.

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