PRSSA National Conference
What is National Conference?
PRSSA National Conference is the largest congregation of public relations students in the country. As the Society’s most popular event, the National Conference offers you the opportunity to network, learn and develop your professional skills.
Conference is your time to shine and explore all that public relations has to offer. Be prepared to network with professionals and peers from across the country, and learn from professionals about the latest trends in public relations. Let Conference guide you to the next step in your career.
Mingle with a diverse mix of fellow PRSSA members and PRSA professionals at one or more of the lively and exciting networking events the Conference has to offer. With 3,000 public relations professionals and students in one area, the Conference lends itself to prime networking opportunities, whether it’s putting a face to Twitter handles, chatting with perspective employers at the Career Development Exhibition or catching up with friends at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
by Jenn Shafer | PRSSA National Vice President of Regional Conferences
Before I was in public relations, I wanted to do journalism. Not that this is revolutionary, as many PR people start as journalists. I wrote for the school news magazine throughout high school, and decided the summer before my senior year to attend a journalism workshop for a few days. After that little conference, there was one thing I knew: I did not want to go into journalism.
The conference showed me what I did not want, and sometimes that can be just as valuable. The important thing is to get yourself out there, and find out.
Now in college, I realize public relations is absolutely the career I wanted to pursue, and of course PRSSA was a huge part of that decision. One light-bulb moment came when I attended the 2013 PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia. Unlike my previous workshop experience, I left that conference knowing I was on the right career path. Read more.
by Gary Bridgens | PRSSA National Vice President of Chapter Development
PRSSA Kent will be playing their part in advancing the profession and the future professional Friday by presenting a Chapter development session at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference. Chapter development sessions are an interactive, peer-to-peer learning experience where some of the Society’s most influential Chapters present ideas and best practices to members from other schools.
The Chapter development sessions are a remarkably important part of National Conference. These presentations give members an unparalleled look into other Chapters and best practices for issues such as member relations, fundraising, publications practices, Chapter branding and many others. Kent State’s presentation this year focuses on an indisputably important topic – university community relations. This presentation will teach Chapters creative and effective ways to create relationships between Chapters and other campus resources.
The process of applying for and presenting a Chapter development session is challenging, but as I’m sure many PRSSA Kent folks would attest, it is well worth it. If anyone would know, it’s PRSSA Kent, which is doing a presentation for the second year in a row. The process begins by submitting an application to present. This year, PRSSA Kent’s application was selected from over 20 received. The selected presentation teams then practice their presentations via video chat regularly for two months with PRSSA’s vice president of Chapter development. Read more.
2019 Conference Details
Where: San Diego, California
When: October 18 - 22
Registration Deadline: TBD
Earn 15 Points by National Conference
We know it can be expensive to attend National Conference, so our Chapter wants to help make it a little easier for you. We offer partial reimbursement to members who have earned 15 membership points within the fiscal year leading up to National Conference.**
Here are some ways to earn reimbursement for National Conference:
*Please note that members must have at least one point earned through community service to be eligible for reimbursement for National Conference.
**For full reimbursement details, read our Chapter Bylaws.