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"I have been a member of Counselors for over 12 years. The counsel, the enrichment, the benefits, the mentorship, the sharing of resources and information, the friendships that I have made during this time, have been priceless. I encourage everyone, not only to join, but to immerse, to get involved in a volunteer capacity. You will be a stronger, more focused, better professional as a result."
– Esther Buchsbaum, APR, Fellow CPRS


"I've been an active member of Counselors since the early 1990's. I've found it immensely useful in terms of sharing/learning best practices, seeking counsel from some of the best minds in the business, staying current with emerging trends and, most importantly, creating friendships that I know will last a lifetime."
– Steve Cody


“After spending six years as an inactive member, I finally attended a spring conference…and was hooked. The professional and personal relationships I’ve made through Counselors Academy are among the best in my 20+ years in the business. These are people who will share business tips, processes, and insights – anything they can to help a fellow Counselor be more successful and fulfilled.  It is and will remain an indispensable part of my agency’s virtual network, and great personal and professional nourishment for many years to come.” 
– Joel Curran, APR


“It took me one trip to the Counselors Academy spring conference to learn this is a group unlike any other in PR. The membership is comprised of bright, collegial and humorous people from across the country, and as far away as Singapore. They are an open-book of knowledge, ranging from new business and agency marketing to training and managing a firm. The benefits of membership begin with the annual conference, which is a can’t-miss event, and continue during the year with a network of trusted colleagues and friends. Counselors is an invaluable part of my commitment to life-long learning and professional development.”
– J.R. Hipple


“I joined Counselors Academy when I started my agency and didn’t have access to a lot of the professional development resources I used to have in the corporate or big agency worlds. Counselors became even more critical as my agency grew and I faced new challenges like building a staff and making numerous financial and legal decisions. I bravely asked for help from others in Counselors Academy, and every time I received insightful, applicable advice that helped me make better decisions. The best way to get the most out of Counselors is to come to a spring conference and just start meeting people. The more contacts you make, the better chance you’ll find colleagues you can connect with.”
– Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA


“Counselors Academy has been one of my richest experiences in public relations. I joined Counselors as soon as I became accredited in 1983. The organization has shaped my career, accelerated my growth as a professional, strengthened my commitment to the business, and has resulted in life long friendships I will forever treasure.”
– Deborah Radman, APR, Fellow PRSA