We are storytellers.
As public relations practitioners, we are on a mission to increase the volume, make a louder statement, or elaborate a position for our company or organization. It is our job to use the tools of our trade to amplify our brands while informing and sometimes entertaining our target audiences. It can often be a balancing act and this year, we’re focusing our theme around getting back to the basics.
This year’s state conference will feature top-tier professionals across several industries to drive home many ways we can be better at our jobs – ways that we can be better storytellers.
Topics addressed will include brand and organizational storytelling through:
- Public speaking
- Social Media
- Influential relationships
- And much, much more!
Jake Thompson, Chief Encouragement Officer with Compete Every Day // Marshall Ramsey, author and cartoonist // Gini Dietrich, author, blogger (Spin Sucks), founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich – (limited capacity, special remote session)
Among the many opportunities provided at the conference, professionals will also be able to network with communication professionals around the state. Additionally, we’ll highlight many professionals with our annual awards program to include: The PRism Awards, Professional Achievement Award, and Student of the Year. This is one conference you do not want to miss. Sign up today!
PRAM 2017 Conference: AMPLIFY
Sunday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 25
The University of Southern Mississippi
Chief Encouragement Officer
He is a motivational speaker & writer. Jake is a proud TCU alumni & MBA graduate of the University of Dallas. He loves working out while also being obsessed with donuts. Jake currently lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Elena, & their two lovable boxers, Huckleberry & Bella.
Author & Cartoonist
Ramsey’s also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2001, he has been honored by both the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for paying his survival forward. He actively promotes skin cancer awareness and sun safety through cartoons, speeches, skin screenings and a 5K race. He even ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for melanoma research. (He completed the race, raised $13,000 and developed some wicked leg cramps).
Ramsey, his wife Amy, their three sons and precocious dog Pip live in Mississippi, the best state for politics, storytellers, sweet tea and raising a family.
Director of Camp Straight Street
A graduate of Southeastern Bible College, Jonathan is a children’s and youth minister at Shades Mountain Independent Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He also serves as the director at Camp Straight Street, a nine-week summer day camp for over 800 kids. The camp was voted “Best Day Camp” by the readers of Birmingham Magazine in 2014.
Glenny Brock, Tuesday Lunch Keynote
Outreach Coordinator for Birmingham Landmarks, Inc.,
CEO of Arment Dietrich & Author of Spin Sucks
Breakout Sessions Speakers
Jim Beaugez, APR
Ginger Guttner, APR
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Patti Wade, APR
Patti taught public speaking for nine years in the community college system. Prior to working in education, she led marketing and public relations departments in the healthcare industry.
Patti currently serves as the Southern Public Relations Federation vice president of education services and was previously the president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Central Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in public relations from The University of Southern Mississippi. She and her family live in Flowood and are members of Crossgates United Methodist Church.
University Communications at The University of Southern Mississippi
Westbrook received a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and a master of science in public relations from USM. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, Public Relations Association of Mississippi, and the Southern Public Relations Federation, and has received multiple local, state, and regional awards for her work in public relations, advertising, and graphic design.
She enjoys giving back to the next generation of communications professionals at USM through reviewing student portfolios, speaking to classes, and mentoring communications students.
She and her husband, Nathan, reside in Ellisville, Miss. with their children Dakota and Gunner.