Another year, another event! Last year I had my first real experiences with event planning during the required course for my major, as well as joining the event committee for our PRSSA club on campus. One event, sponsored by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, was to be planned by our club, and I volunteered to officially be in charge of the decorations, along with another member.
This event started as an idea to bring Olivet Nazarene University and its surrounding community together for a mutual benefit. PRSSA members pushed for a community networking event on campus to bring both students and professionals together and spark internship or job opportunities for each group.
The first annual “Green with Networking Envy” event occurred on St. Patrick’s Day 2016, by the extreme efforts of the PRSSA event committee and Chamber volunteers. The event, though executed with a few hiccups, was ultimately a success. Plans were in the workings for the next year’s event before the first one had even concluded!
“Lucky Connections,” the title for this year’s networking event, will still be sponsored by the Chamber. However, the event planning will be taken over by Inspired Strategies Agency’s Chamber team. I happen to be a member of this team, which has been strategically planning this event since last fall.
Details about the Lucky Connections Networking Event include:
- When – March 16, 2017
- 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Where – Olivet Nazarene University
- Reed Hall of Science
- Who – Business Professionals & Students
While the theme for this year’s event will be kept as St. Patrick’s Day, the name of the event has obviously changed. We have also moved the event from the Warming House to another location on campus, Reed Hall of Science, to accommodate the growing number of attendees. Our agency team has spent many hours brainstorming and making decisions to make this year’s event even more of a success!
The main objective of our agency team this semester is to plan and execute the Lucky Connections Networking Event, but we cannot do it alone. We want to thank PRSSA members, Chamber members and volunteers, and business leaders in advance for coming alongside us to make this year’s event possible.
We hope to see you on March 16th!
By Julie Hogan, Junior Account Executive, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce