PRSA Tampa Bay and USF PRSSA Partner for a Night of Networking

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By Kelsie Hall

I stood just inside the door to Takara Sushi and Sake Lounge, eagerly awaiting the arrival of our PRSA Tampa Bay professionals. My job seemed simple enough, I just had to greet them and tell them where to sit. Of course, two minutes later, someone would come by and have them sit somewhere else. Whoops… Seating arrangements aside, Professionals’ Night Out was a huge success!

The restaurant was buzzing as our eight speed networking tables connected eager USF PRSSA students to local professionals. Each professional was equally excited to share his experience and knowledge with the next generation of public relations practitioners. The greatest part of this event was how diversified all of our professionals were. We had the pleasure of meeting people from every aspect of the business! Professionals in attendance represented B2B, corporations and agencies including government, integrated marketing communications, entertainment and tourism and travel. This variety really gave our members the opportunity to learn how each sector is different and where they might fit into the world of public relations.

As sushi made its way out to the tables, professionals had the opportunity to reconnect with other PRSA members and students had time to discuss with their friends the new connections they made. By the end of night, I held a stack of business cards in my hand that I knew would lead to fantastic new connections.

I think I speak for all of USF PRSSA when I say, I can’t wait to do it again!

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