Events

Crisis Communication: Lessons Learned for Teams of One

Fairbanks October Professional Development Seminar

As the Public Information Officer for the City of Fairbanks Mayor’s Office, Amber Courtney recently expanded communications services to the Fairbanks Police Department and Fire Department. Join us as Amber shares the lessons learned from a recent 14-hour standoff that involved an armed escapee with a hostage and shut down a major part of the town.

Attendees will learn:

  • What every prepared PIO needs to have
  • How to manage a short term scene as a PIO
  • Additional roles for a PIO team

Presenter bio: Amber Courtney moved to Fairbanks from Hawaii and graduated from UAF with a BA in English. She has worked for the Mayor’s Office since 2007 for four mayors. Amber is a serial volunteer and enjoys prepping for the zombie apocalypse.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Doors open at 11:30 a.m., program runs 12 – 1 p.m.
Where: Northern Latitudes at the Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks
Ticket Prices: PRSA Members: $25 / Non-members: $30 / Students $10
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To continue providing members with quality, affordable professional development seminars, webinars, education, accreditation preparation and more, the PRSA Alaska Chapter will close registration for all programs at noon, two business days prior before each professional development luncheon. Please register for this event by noon on Monday, Oct. 27.

Organizing Chaos: Strategies and tactics for successful grassroots campaigns

Anchorage November Professional Development Seminar

Creating an effective framework for issues-based politics requires thoughtful research and compelling information to motivate voters. Join the PRSA Alaska Chapter for a November luncheon featuring speaker Willis Lyford, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs at Porcaro Communications in Anchorage.

Willis has worked as spokesman and political strategist for more than 40 campaigns in Alaska and the Lower 48. He has served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, and as communications director for an Outside governor. Willis joined Porcaro in 2011, and currently works with mining and energy clients. He has managed several successful Alaska ballot measure campaigns, most recently Vote No on 1.

Offering tips for building effective coalitions and developing messages to persuade the voting public, Willis will share his extensive knowledge of and passion for grassroots campaign strategies that work in today’s information age.

Presenter: Willis Lyford
When: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown
Ticket Prices: PRSA Members: $25 / Non-members: $30 / Students $10
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To continue providing members with quality, affordable professional development seminars, webinars, education, accreditation preparation and more, the PRSA Alaska Chapter will close registration for all Anchorage programs at noon, two business days prior to each professional development luncheon.