Museum of PR

The women who became some of the PR industry’s first female leaders will be the subject of a March 7 event presented by the Museum of Public Relations and sponsored in part by Finn Partners. “PR Women Who Changed History: the stories you never heard before” will put the spotlight on several industry pioneers as well as discussing the hurdles they had to face in what used to be a nearly all-male business. Joyful Planet founder and chief joy officer Patrice Tanaka will deliver the keynote address, “A PR Entrepreneur’s Purpose-Driven Journey,” and other presenters include Black Public Relations Society president Tracey Mendelsohn and Dr. Karen Miller Russell of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Caryn Medved of CUNY’s Baruch College will emcee the event, which will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the We Work space at 85 Broad Street, 27th Floor. Pre-registration is required to attend, and sponsorships are still available. For more information, click here.


Feb. 15 is the deadline for Early Bird registration for the Institute for Public Relations’ 2019 Bridge PR and Communications Conference. The two-day conference, on April 11 and 12, is an opportunity for academics to learn from senior-level PR executives and present their research, as well as giving execs a look at the latest issues in PR and communications research. The event will take place at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, DC. For more information on the event, or to register, click here.


USC Annenberg’s 29th annual Kenneth Owler Smith Symposium, centering around the theme “PR: Tech, The Future of Technology in Communication,” will be held Thursday, March 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event, which honors Smith (1920-1988), the 28th national president of the Public Relations Society of America, will feature a keynote address from Google vice president of global communications and public affairs Corey du Browa. It will also include a panel discussion on artificial intelligence and tech tools being used or introduced into the PR profession. USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations Director Fred Cook will reveal the results from the center’s 2019 Global Communications Report, which focused on technology use in the PR industry. The symposium is open to all public relations professionals and students, but reservations are required. For more information, and to RSVP, click here.