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Women in PR and the C-Suite: How it’s done, why it’s important, and what you can do to get there

November 28, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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AMC Theatre Support Center
One AMC Way, 11500 Ash Street
Leawood, KS 66211

Women in PR and the C-Suite: How it’s done, why it’s important, and what you can do to get there

Making sure public relations’ voice is heard at the executive level in your organization takes skill, strategy and perseverance, and it can be especially challenging for women in our field.

Hear from our chapter’s PR Pro of the Year, Laurie Roberts, President of Parris Communications, on how her career has taken her from TV anchor to agency executive and the lessons she’s learned along the way to succeed.  She’ll then join a panel made up of Kansas City women leaders (all of whom are PRSA members) who will share their journeys, challenges and advice for earning your seat at the table as a communications professional.

This is our last professional development luncheon of the year – and it’s one you won’t want to miss!

Speaker: Laurie Roberts, President, Parris Communications, Roger Yarrington Public Relations Professional of the Year Award

Suze Parker, APR, Parker Communications Group

Jean Peat, APR, UMKC Foundation

Barb Pruitt, APR, Pruitt Communications

Lydia Steinberg, HNTB


About the Speaker:


Laurie Roberts, President, Parris Communications


Respected Strategic Communications Executive
Laurie leads the strategic communications firm’s crisis communications, real estate, health care and life sciences practice groups. Laurie has shaped internal and external communications campaigns for Polsinelli, Hallmark, Cerner, AMC Entertainment, Sprint, QuikTrip, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and Shawnee Mission Health, to name a few.

Prior to joining Parris, Laurie spent 17-years as a television reporter and anchor who broadcast live reports on NBC’s The Today Show and CNN. She is a three-time Emmy award winner and earned the nationally-acclaimed Gracie Award, named for Gracie Allen and bestowed by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. She was recently named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s class of “Women Who Mean Business,” and has been honored by Kansas City Business magazine as one of “Kansas City’s Most Influential Women.

In the mood for wine?
We will be holding a chapter fundraiser during the lunch - $10 for a bottle of wine or two bottes for $15. All proceeds will go to support GKC-PRSA Chapter programming for 2018.


Parking and location:

Park in the parking garage accessed through the circle drive. The event location is located just inside the front door.

Thank you to our event sponsor and host - AMC!


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 28

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: One AMC Way, 11500 Ash Street, Leawood, KS 66211

Parking: Park in the parking garage once in the circle drive.

Meeting place:The conference room is located right next to the front entrance.

Price: $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members


$25.00 PRSA or PRSSA Member
$30.00 after 05:00 pm November 23

$35.00 Non-Member
$40.00 after 05:00 pm November 23