Registration for December 1 Event Begins: Top PR Leader at Nation’s Largest Nonprofit Health Care System to Speak on Driving Thought Leadership

register-now-button-blueCentral Illinois PRSA would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in Springfield, IL for an unforgettable event with guest speaker, Johnny A. Smith, Senior Director for Public Relations at Ascension- the largest health system in the U.S. with more than 160,000 employees and 35,000 affiliated providers serving in 141 hospitals. Smith has thought leadership responsibility for reputation management, media relations, and executive positioning for the $30 billion organization and its for-profit subsidiaries. 

Event Details:  Johnny Smith will highlight best practices, challenges, and opportunities with thought leadership in today’s PR and media landscape. Interested central Illinois residents are invited to register online by November 28, 2016. The event and dinner are only $30 for PRSA-CI members, and $35 for non-members.


Speaker:  Johnny A. Smith, Jr., Senior Director of Public Relations for Ascension, has thought leadership responsibility for reputation management, media relations, and executive positioning for the $30 billion organization and its for-profit-subsidiaries. He spearheads change management communications inclusive of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and transformational initiatives; and maintains mutually-beneficial relationships with top-tier media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and POLITICO.

Meal:  Guests are requested to specify their meal choice of Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pork Medallions, or Vegetarian, with salad, vegetables, and dessert.
Cost: $30 for PRSA members, Partner Organizations & students; $35 for non-members.
Reservations: Email Stefanie McLeese at or dial 214-548-1393. Please specify meal choice when registering and include “PRSA/RSVP” in the subject line, or register online at Deadline to register: November 28, 2016. No shows will be invoiced.
Evening Schedule:  Attendees are welcome to check in and begin networking at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and our guest speaker will begin his program at 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Northfield Inn and Suites
3280 Northfield Dr.
Springfield, Ill.62702
(217) 523-7900
Directions:  Take I-55 to Sangamon Avenue (Exit 100 A), turn right onto N. Dirksen Parkway, and then right onto Northfield Drive. The hotel is on your right.


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