PRSA Charlotte

The Lead |September 2022

Message from the President  

It's Awards Season!

'Tis the season - awards season - and I'm looking forward to celebrating outstanding public relations and communications work at this year's QCPR Awards. This will be a great event for our winners and all our members, so save the date for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

We want to celebrate all our members' wins, whether a company award, personal victory, new job or promotion. In August, my company, Retail Business Services (RBS), was ranked No. 25 on Fast Company's 2022 100 Best Places to Work for Innovators list, which honors organizations that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. It's an incredible recognition that highlights the way our teams provide innovative solutions and expertise to the retail brands we support so they can focus on growing their businesses. 

We also learned the RBS communications team was a finalist for the PR News Platinum Awards in the Internal Publication category. It's an honor to be named a finalist, and I can't wait to hear whether we won.

I know there are many more things to celebrate across PRSA Charlotte. As communicators, we are storytellers, so please tell us your stories. Just email

Cynthia Robbins Shah-Khan
PRSA Charlotte President

QCPR Awards Celebration

Interested in being a QCPR sponsor? Contact PRSA Board member Samantha Story.

Register here.

APR Fall Study Session

Register today! It's time to register for the APR Fall Study Session with PRSA Charlotte. If you're interested, you'll get 8 sessions, once a week on Tuesdays, to help prep you for the panel presentation and test to get your APR. Deadline to register is Monday, September 12.
The session is free for PRSA Charlotte members and $50 for non-chapter members.
Click here to sign up! APR Study Session | Public Relations Society of America (


September Program

Salsa dancing lessons come with the evening!  RSVP today!


These members are celebrating PRSA membership anniversaries!


August Anniversaries
    Robert Conn, APR Keith Pierce, APR
    Heather Briganti Brittany Lynne Clampitt
    Krista Faye Terrell, APR Christian Alan Holm
    Philip Tate, APR, Fellow PRSA Kelly Voelker
    Christy Phillips-Brown, APR Karen Lindsey
    Melinda A. Law Julie Starck
    Susan Dosier Amber Roberts
    Nicole Joanne Eaton Helen Jane Moses O'Brien
    Lynn Roberson Lynda Anello
    Genevieve R. Rubrecht Elizabeth Sanborn
    Christine M. Smith Analicia Blair
    Suzanne D. Jeffries Jay Greene
    Shika Terike Raynor, APR Lauren Kukla
    Erin Munley DeWaters, APR Aimee Mills
    Amy Baldwin George, APR Wendy Palmer
    Natasha Ashe-Suber Imani Danila Jessamy
    Samantha Knight Erik Baker Arneson
    Bernie Petit Katherine Urbelis
    Erin Costanzo Jacob Alexander McManus

September Anniversaries
Kevin M. McCarthy       Julia Roddey Paul
Denise M. Hill, Ph.D., APR       Ann Stawski
Paige Cline Layne, APR       Amanda Lea
Stacey McCray       Jeff Autry
Sharon Foote       Caleb Whisler
Gregory George Efthimiou, APR       Tina Helms
Tracey Gould       Megan Wordsworth
Jolie Shifflet, APR       Mackenzi Collins Guffey
Lisa Perkins       Jared D. Glover
Tara M. Keener       Jayla Cheyenne Gittens

Board Member Updates

PRSA Charlotte Board member and Director-at-Large John Clemons, APR, ABC, has returned to the classroom this fall as a visiting professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. And for four months, until mid-December, John will reside in the Crescent City and teach two undergraduate courses: Ethics and Diversity in Mass Communications and Internal/Employee Communications, which he created for the university. "This is one of my professional dreams come true," he said.   

PRSA Charlotte board members Jolie Shifflet, APR, and Ashley Brown, APR, have presented at several industry webinars and conferences, including recently for Ragan. In October, Jolie will present in Chicago at Attune, a conference focused on employee engagement

Have a Shout Out to share with us?

Do you have great news to share? Did you get a promotion or change jobs? Did your team win an award, or did you win recognition for volunteer efforts? Let us know! Click here to share your great news with us, so we can consider featuring it here in the PRSA Charlotte newsletter or on social media. Learn more here.
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