This week’s blog is written by Chaloner’s Christine Santeusanio. Christine is in her tenth year with Chaloner, in the Boston office. She has led various searches for both PR and integrated agencies as well as corporate communications positions. Christine is involved with the PRSA, Young Women in Digital, Boston Women Communicators and the Boston Irish Business Association.
I’m excited to participate in next week’s roundtable at Young Women in Digital’s event, “How to Show Off Your Digital Savvy.” I’ll be there giving tips on how to ace interviews and thrive in the hiring process alongside other HR and recruiting professionals. Young Women in Digital not only puts on terrific events, but also provides news, networking, job listings, and a community for young women in digital marketing, social media, public relations, and more. They do wonderful and helpful work in Boston, but they’re not alone. This week I’m going to provide an overview of other organizations in Boston that provide great networking opportunities for you to explore!
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
PRSA is the largest professional organization that serves the public relations community, and they have a great Boston chapter that holds events throughout the year. They also have a young professionals group called the YPN (Young Professionals Network) that’s very easy to get involved in. PRSA also has the Ted Chaloner Learning Fund, a multi-year professional development endowment for Chaloner’s founder.
The Publicity Club of New England is the region’s oldest professional organization for public relations, communications, special events, and marketing professionals. They have a helpful blog as well as numerous events and programs, including one this week (September 23rd) about integrated media. Check out their website here.
Boston Women Communicators
Boston Women Communicators is an organization dedicated to supporting women in communications and helping them to advance their careers by working to ensure equal opportunities in the industry, encourage professional development, and recognize the achievements of outstanding women communicators. Membership includes job listings, forums, and events, but you don’t have to be a member to attend their programs, seminars, or socials.
International Association of Business Communicators, Boston (IABC)
The IABC has over 100 chapters across the nation, and IABC Boston is one of their strongest. Offering professional development programs, networking events, and volunteer opportunities, the organization works to connect local communicators and advance their careers. They have several events a month, which are listed here.
Focused on Investor Relations, NIRI Boston is dedicated to providing innovative programs and forums to advance the careers of IR professionals. I’ll be at their Kickoff Event next week, Monday September 28, where there will be discussions of advocacy, information, community, and professional development. If you’re there, come say hello!
There is no shortage of wonderful organizations that want to help you advance your career. Explore them and see what they can do for you!
Chaloner, founded in 1979 as Chaloner Associates, is a national executive search firm that focuses on recruiting mid- to senior-level communications, public relations, marketing and investor relations professionals.