Happy New Year!

We have ushered in another year and as the leadership team prepares for what’s ahead in 2014, we are reflecting on our moments of 2013. Take a ride with us as we reflect on our bootcamps, key events and mixers that have brought us vibrant members, partnerships and more.

PR Bootcamps

“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Working in Entertainment PR.”

A room full of dynamic women (Shante Bacon, CEO of the well-known 135th St Agency; Simone Smalls, Founder of Simone Smalls Public Relations; Michelle Huff, Founder of Huff Events & PR; and Tanya Hayre, Media Relations Specialist) broke down what it meant to work in entertainment PR from vision to strategic execution to establishing media relationsEven the legendary radio personality, Frank Ski, stopped by to support his PR colleagues in the industry.

“So honored! I just came to learn, but BPRS-NY asked me to speak. Knowledge is free! If you’ve ever dreamed of doing PR, Branding or Marketing you needed to be here.” – Frank Ski

Check out some of our media recap on Rollingout.com and Odwyer PR blog.

rollingout.com recap

“Passion for Fashion”

Fashion style expert, Sadia Seymour, said it best, “BPRS-NY events are priceless! You can’t buy this kind of networking!” Simply put,  read our fashion PR bootcamp recap!

Running in Heels Tour 

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Nicole Garner, CEO of The Garner Circle, is truly the epitome of a female entrepreneur in the public relations industry focusing on communications, lifestyle marketing and event execution. Our BPRS-NY Intimate Conversation and Book Signing was Nicole Garner’s New York City stop for the “Running in Heels Tour” – a multi-market tour for her new book, Are You In Inc: PR’s Alter EgoThe event also included a panel discussion about creating buzz. Panelist included Renae Bluitt, Founder of inhershoesblog; Tola Lowal of Six One 7 Creative; Kimberly Natasha of KNPR; and Syreta Oglesby, Founder of SJO PR Firm.

Intimate Conversation and Book Signing with Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman, Founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and author of Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is Over – and Collaboration Is In gathered his brilliance and humorous energy for our crowd back in September 2013. As a global speaker and well-known PR and marketing professional, it was an honor to have him pour out his expertise and knowledge.

“Having an audience is a privilege, not a right. Brands should not abuse the privilege.” – Peter Shankman

Around the World in 80 Days

For the fall, we wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to our members and affiliates for all their support and dedication. A night to a free, private screening of an off-broadway play is just how we did that!

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Around the World


The best part of the night was seeing Arianna Dougan, a beautiful spirit from the Ronald McDonald House, enjoy her time at the play and with the Around the World in 80 Days street team.

Arianna Dougan

Leveraging Our Legacy Mixer

So what do you get with a Madame Noire and BPRS-NY partnership? A well-attended, interactive “Leveraging Our Legacy Mixer” engaging communication and media professionals.

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Charitable Efforts

Every holiday season we are reminded of the families who go unfed. This year, we partnered with Akoo Clothing and the Hot 97 Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation to feed over 200 New Yorkers. Let the photos speak for themselves.


Sebastian Twista


Angie Mar & JaRule

2013 was filled with productive networking, career opportunities, and improving our skills as PR professionals. We are excited for what is in store for 2014 and from the hearts of the leadership team to yours, we wish you a very prosperous and healthy New Year!

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