MEET THE MEDIA: Insider Louisville Edition


Join us in downtown Louisville on Thursday, June 21 for the latest edition of our ever-popular MEET THE MEDIA networking event series.

This month, we’ll be getting to know some of the writers and editors at one of Louisville’s most vibrant and indispensable news sources, Insider Louisville.  We’ll dig deeper into the publication’s recent nonprofit transition and chat with their experts about how sponsored content can fit into an overall PR strategy.

Weather permitting, this glimpse inside Insider Louisville will also be happening on the company’s awesome outdoor patio — so don’t forget your shades!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

11:30 a.m. – Networking

Noon – 1 p.m. – Program


@ Insider Louisville

200 South Fifth Street, Suite 300N, Louisville KY 40202


PRSA Member – $25

Non Member – $35


PRSA Bluegrass is back! Join us on Thursday, March 22 for a Newsmakers Panel you won’t want to miss—because this time, we’re talking Crisis Communications and the 2018 Louisville Flood.

Learn more about the critical role public relations plays in helping our local communities mitigate risk and improve the quality of response efforts during crisis situations.

Featured panelists include:

  • Marc Thomas, Collections Systems Director at Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Sheryl Lauder, Communications Program Manager at Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District

The HOT story…

In the fourth week of February 2018, massive amounts of rain poured down on Louisville, drenching neighborhoods, businesses, industrial districts, parks, roadways, and more. As a result, Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)—the organization charged with maintaining and modernizing the city’s flood-protection systems—was thrust into the spotlight of breaking news.

Join us Thursday, March 22, to hear directly from MSD officials and to get exclusive, behind-the-scenes insight on how they weathered the storm.

*Be sure to join us at 11:30am for an opportunity to network before the panel begins promptly at noon!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

11:30am:              Networking

12pm noon:        Luncheon & Program


Bristol Bar & Grill Downtown

614 W Main Street

Louisville, Kentucky



Back by popular demand, our Meet The Media series returns January 18th with a visit to The Courier-Journal’s headquarters in downtown Louisville.

Take part in an exclusive Q&A with Executive Editor, Joel Christopher, get more insight into how editorial decisions are being made today, and learn how you can improve your pitches to secure more successful coverage in the future.

Don’t miss this unbeatable opportunity to strengthen your relationships with members of the media at The Courier-Journal and to connect with professional communicators working in your community!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Networking
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Luncheon & Program

The Courier-Journal 

525. W Broadway, Louisville, KY


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December 2017 Program

Join the PRSA Bluegrass Chapter for our Holiday Mingle event to celebrate another great year as a chapter. Guests will enjoy casual networking, appetizers, and happy hour sponsored by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB). In true Louisville style, the signature cocktail for the evening will be the Old Fashioned. LCVB will also provide a special holiday gift for all attendees.
Thursday, December 14th
Networking – 4:30 p.m.
Closing – 6:30 p.m.
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Gathan Borden

Director, Brand Marketing and Advertising

Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

“How To Build A Social Media Team”


Gathan D. Borden is the Director of Brand Marketing and Advertising for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this role, he is responsible for the overall advertising, branding, marketing and social media strategies for the city of Louisville in regards to travel and tourism. He received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a double major in Business Management and Business Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Webster University.

In 2013, he was honored to be a “40 under 40” recipient by Business First of Louisville, given to the top forty leaders under the age of 40 in the city of Louisville. Within the hospitality industry, Gathan has completed the Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) program through Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, and been awarded the “Top 40 under 40” award by both CONNECT and Rejuvenate magazines, as one of the hospitality industry’s up and coming future leaders in 2011.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the PRSA Travel & Tourism Section. He has been featured in the Who’s Who in Black Louisville publication, honoring the city’s professional, community and civic leaders, and in 2008, he was awarded the “Hot Ten Award” by the American Advertising Federation of Louisville, given annually to the top 10 local advertising professionals under the age of 30 in Louisville. As a speaker on behalf of Louisville, he speaks to local and regional organizations and associations on the importance of tourism and how the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau economically impacts the community. He is also a frequent speaker at local, regional and national tourism industry conferences.



When:  Thursday, June 25

Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Program:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Where:  TARC

1000 W. Broadway

Louisville, KY  40203


Thanks To Our Sponsor:  Kentucky Farm Bureau





Member: $25

Non-member: $35

Student: $17

February Luncheon

The Value of Books as Marketing Tools

Even in a highly digital age, books continue to be a valuable product to promote your corporate or individual brand and influence prospects, clients, and consumers. Books are an enduring and cost-effective marketing tool to generate publicity and credibility. Presenter Jerrold Jenkins, founder and CEO of the Jenkins Group, is an industry expert in marketing and publishing. He has worked with authors in a variety of industries for over 25 years to produce books that communicate value and increase the authority and reach of subject thought leaders and has worked with corporate and individual professional clients to design and complete book projects. He speaks throughout the country on the art of independent publishing and the marketing opportunities that books provide.


When:  Wednesday, February 18

Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Program:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Where:  Bristol

614 W. Main St.

Louisville, KY  40202


Member: $25

Non-member: $35

Student: $17

Bluegrass PRSA Holiday Luncheon

The  PRSA Bluegrass Chapter holiday luncheon is Wednesday, December 17. This special once-a-year luncheon includes door prizes from area businesses so you won’t want to miss it! We hope you’ll join us for the most festive program of the year and connect with the Louisville area’s finest PR professionals.


150 S. 5th Street

Louisville, KY  40202


Wednesday, December 17

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


$25 members
$35 non-members
$17 students



Member:  $25

Non-member:  $35

Student:  $17