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PRSSA 2019 National Assembly

Portland, Oregon | April 4–7

National Assembly Program

Specific times, speakers and sessions are subject to change.

2019 Program

Thursday, April 4

  • 4–6 p.m. Day-of Competition, sponsored by TBD— Pre-registration required – Columbia, Hawthorne, Belmont
    • Sponsored by Edelman
  • 7–9 p.m. Welcome Reception
    • Keynote Speaker: Trisch Smith, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Edelman – Salon F
      Sponsored by Edelman

Friday, April 5

  • 7:45–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Ballroom Foyer
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Chapter Officer Sessions
    • Presidents/Vice Presidents/Firm Directors – Salon BC
    • Public Relations Directors/Historians/Other positions – Salon A
    • Secretaries/Treasurers/Webmasters – Salon D
    • National Officer Preparation – Salon G
  • 9:40 a.m.–12 p.m. Leadership Training Sessions (groups will rotate)
    • 9:40 a.m.10:40 a.m. Think Like A Reader – Salon F 
      • Speaker: Ann Wylie, CEO, Wylie Communications
    • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. D&I Training for PRos – Salon F 
      • Speaker: Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Oregon Public Health Institute
  • 12:15–12:30 p.m. State of the Society Address* – Salon F
  • 12:30–1:00 p.m Delegate Debriefing* – Salon F
  • 1:00–2:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m. Special Session: What do Alexa and Siri Have to do With PR? – Salon F
    • Speaker: Hugo Ottolenghi, Instructor, Florida International University
      Session Description: With the rise and infiltration of voice assistants into our daily lives, what does this mean for PR and communicators’ content strategies?  What do Alexa, Siri and other voice technologies have to do with PR?  This special speaker session will answer those questions and explore in more discussion.
      Sponsored by Florida International University

      * This session is mandatory for delegates.  Non-delegates running for National Committee should attend.

Saturday, April 6

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast* – Salon G – H
  • 8:30 a.m.–Noon National Assembly Meeting*** – Salon A – D
  • Noon–1:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:15–6:30 p.m. National Assembly Meeting*** – Salon A – D

    ***This meeting may last longer depending on the number of candidates

Sunday, April 7

  • 7:45–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Salon G – H
  • 8:30–11 a.m. Farewell Meeting and Keynote Address – Salon A – D 
  • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. National Committee Meeting*** – Salon G

***For the newly elected and current National Committee members only.