By Taylor Meade
Hi guys! I'm the PRSA/PRSSA Liaison and the Student Chair for the YouToo Social Media Conference. For those of you that attended, I hope you all left the conference with something and if you didn't attend, make your calendars now for April 8, 2015. That will be the date of our ninth annual conference!
One of my biggest goals as student chair this year was to increase the registration and we almost doubled it. I'm so pleased to announce that our student registration increased 44 percent this year. We had students from 5 different universities including Akron University, Bowling Green State University, Mount Union University and more. Some of these universities were joining the conference for the first time.
I also wanted to make sure that students were comfortable networking and connecting with professionals. The conference really strived this year to promote our mentorship program. This program was an option for students to sign up for under their registration. This program linked students directly to professionals in communication and business fields the morning of the conference and gave students the chance to meet with their mentors throughout the day to recap on sessions and talk about the mentors careers. I heard great feedback from students about their mentors and I hope this will only increase student participation in the future and encourage more students to attend.
Last but not least, I'd like to give a special thank you to my awesome student committee for all of their hard work and dedication. Their work definitely didn't go unrecognized. I'm thankful for their hours of stuffing packets for participants, racking up tweets, speaking to classes and more. I'm also thankful to be the recipient of the YouToo Social Media Conference scholarship. I put a lot of time into this conference and I'm happy to have been recognized for my dedication and appreciation for not only this conference but to networking and striving to find my niche in public relations. I couldn't have made this conference come together without my student and professional committees behind me.