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PRSSA 2019 International Conference

The Golden State of PR

San Diego | Oct. 18–22

International Conference Program

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Friday, Oct. 18

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Career Tours – Marriott Grand Ballroom 4
Preregistration Required

9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Registration and Hospitality – Lobby Lounge West

2–2:45 p.m.

Student-run Firm Workshop – Marriott Grand Ballroom 1–2

3–4 p.m.

Friday Keynote Session with Will Collie – San Diego Ballroom A–C

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Waynesburg University – Building Golden Relationships
DePaul University – Networking Is So Fetch!
San Diego Ballroom A

Stockton University – Taking the Lead in Professional Development: Successful Networking in the Local Community
LATAM with Universidad de San Martín de Porres/Universidad Argentina de la Empresa – How To Stay Connected Internationally
San Diego Ballroom B–C
5:45–6:45 p.m.Chapter Presidents’ Leadership Workshop with Cheryl I. Procter-Rogers, APR, PCC, Fellow, MBA, MA – San Diego Ballroom A

5:45–7 p.m.

PRSSA Adviser Session at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

7–8:30 p.m. 

"California Bonfire": Opening Night Celebration – Marina Terrace

Saturday, Oct. 19

8 a.m.–4 p.m.Registration – Lobby Lounge West
8 a.m.–4 p.m.Hospitality – Lobby Lounge West
8–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Marina Terrace
9–11:30 a.m. 

Welcome, Awards, Chapter Roll Call and Keynote Address with Kaye Sweetser, APR+M, Fellow PRSA – San Diego Ballroom A–C

Noon–1:15 p.m.Leadership Recognition Lunch with Heather Radi-Bermudez – Marriott Grand Ballroom Outdoor Terrace
Sponsored by Florida International University
12:45–1:30 p.m.Coffee Break – Lobby Lounge West
Sponsored by BumbleBizz
1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Timeout: A Conversation About Sports with Andy McGowan and Marissa Rubenstein – San Diego Ballroom A
  • Storytelling and Media Relations When the News Isn’t Good with Aileen Izquierdo and Heather Radi-Bermudez – San Diego Ballroom C
    Sponsored by Florida International University
  • A Galaxy Far Far Away – The Opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with Suzi Brown – San Diego Ballroom B
  • The Road to Innovation with Josh Grau – Pacific Ballroom 23–24
    Sponsored by Northwestern University Medill School

2:45–3:45 p.m.

  • Disruption: How the Industry Can Adapt to Succeed with Kimm Lincoln – San Diego Ballroom A
    Sponsored by Nebo Agency
  • Mind the Gap: The Future of the Workforce with Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR – San Diego Ballroom C
  • The 9 to 5s of PR: The Difference in Agency and Corporate Life with Hannah Riffle and John Soriano – San Diego Ballroom B (presentation)
  • For the People: Navigating Non-Profit PR with Mark Pilon – Pacific Ballroom 23–24
4–5 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 20

7:45–9 a.m.
Breakfast with Champions for PRSSA – Marina Terrace

Sponsored by: Champions for PRSSA
7:45 a.m.–4 p.m.Registration – Lobby Lounge West
9 a.m.–1 p.m.Hospitality – Lobby Lounge West
9:20–10:40 a.m.

PRSA General Session with Bob Woodward – Marriott Grand Ballroom

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 
12:30–1:15 p.m. 

Officer Discussions

  • Presidents and Vice Presidents – San Diego Ballroom B
  • Secretaries and Treasurers – San Diego Ballroom A
  • Publications and Student-run Firms – San Diego Ballroom G
  • Public Relations Liaisons, Webmasters and Historians – Marina Ballroom G
1:15–2 p.m.Lunch on Your Own

2–3:50 p.m.

PRSA General Session with Laura Ling and Military Panel – Marriott Grand Ballroom
4:20–5 p.m.

PRSA General Session with Tanya Acker, Fiona Cassidy, APR, Steve Vaus, Raquel del Carmen Rivera Torres, APR and Matt Plotkin – Marriott Grand Ballroom

Monday, Oct. 21

7:30 a.m.–NoonRegistration – Lobby Lounge West

8–10 a.m.

PRSA General Session – Marriott Grand Ballroom

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Career Development Exhibition – San Diego Ballroom A

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Break

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Special Session: The Hero Behind a Pop Culture Phenomenon with David Glanzer – San Diego Ballroom B–C
12:30–2 p.m.Career Development Exhibition – San Diego Ballroom A
4:30–6:30 p.m. 

"The Credits" Awards Ceremony and Dinner (Ticket) – Marriott Grand Ballroom 5–13

6:30–8 p.m.

"Transforming the Landscape": PRSA Diversity and Inclusion Celebration – Coronado, South Tower, Level 4

Tuesday, Oct. 22

9–9:50 a.m.PRSA General Session with Richard Dreyfuss – Marriott Grand Ballroom
11–11:45 a.m.

PRSA General Session with Debra Erickson and Rick Schwartz – Marriott Grand Ballroom

For a complete list of PRSA sessions available click here.

Speakers, sessions and other Conference events are subject to change without notice.