Regional Conferences

PRSSA Chapters host a variety of Regional Conferences, events endorsed by PRSSA National. These events are planned, hosted and attended by PRSSA Chapters and are an opportunity for you to network and learn or to build your portfolio and gain event planning experience. Cosidering attending a Regional Conference — you may have the opportunity to participate in a case study competition, attend a workshop, participate in a roundtable or mingle at a social.

2018 Regional Conferences

#InsPiRe: Rise Above

Boise State University (Boise, ID)
Feb 8–10
This Idaho conference explores the ways to stay positive in the ever negative social climate. Keeping your voice heard in the constant stream is no easy task, but this conference will show you how innovation and creativity can help aspiring public relations practitioners to stand out in the midst of an oversaturated sea.

Deep in the Heart: Saddlin’ up for Public Relations’

Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
Feb. 9–10
This conference examines various aspects of the public relations field. Whether interested in crisis, entertainment, sports or tech communication, this conference will help students to connect and learn about your passions. Attendees also will be learning about how to apply diversity and ethics to their careers.

PR Advanced: It Starts Now

Boston University (Boston, MA)
Feb. 23–24
Finding that first job after college is the goal of many graduates, and the concept of this conference. Students will learn what to expect while looking for their first job, as well as hear speakers give advice on how to be the best employee after getting the job. Boston University will help you to learn the new skills and topics that you may not yet know. You’ll leave this conference with three big takeaways; information, inspiration and entertainment.

Going PRo

DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
March 2–3
Going PRo is a whirlwind weekend for students looking to break into sports public relations. Attendees will be in the heart of Chicago, with a major stadium in all directions. The dynamic field of sports public relations is about getting on the field, and being a part of the lineup. Workshops and sports-industry professionals will provide students with hands on experience during the conference.

PR from Peru to the World

Universidad de San Martín de Porres (Lima, Peru)
March 22–23
Public relations in Latin America is a rapidly growing field, and public relation professionals must learn to be competitive. Attendees will learn the status of public relations in Latin America and key points regarding the new demands of the market due to globalization.

STEMulate PR

North Carolina State and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Raleigh, NC)
March 23–24
The Research Triangle Park was established in 1959, and this industry has grown since. These universities focus on advancing medicine, sciences and engineering and public relations professionals are the translators for those fields to the public. The resources in this area make this conference a must have for anyone with a passion for the STEM fields, and communication, and how the future of both fields are connected, and continually evolving together.

Big Events in Big Omaha

University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, NE)
April 6–7
Big events are always abounding in Omaha, and students attending this conference will gain an understanding of the public relations process from research to execution, and how to evaluate your results after. Branding, social media engagement, media outreach and promotion are the tools of the public relations professional, and students will leave this conference with those skills in tow.

Next Generation PR

California State University at Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
April 6–7
With an ever evolving accelerated field, public relations students need to keep up with essential information to stay up-to-date with the latest insights and practices. Constant advances in technology change how we target our audiences, and this conference will prepare students to enter the field with a running start. With everything from food public relations, to crisis communication and everything in between.

Show-Me PR

Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
April 13–14
Missouri is the “Show-Me State” and during this conference students will learn how to craft their messages to show their audiences the exciting field of public relations. Professionals from around Missouri and beyond will showcase how important it is to show and tell. As the home of the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the home base of Fleishman- Hillard, Missouri has a lot to talk about.

PR Through the Generations: Here, There and Everywhere

Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
April 20–21
The field of public relations is constantly evolving, and this conference will tell the story of how that evolution has taken place over the last 50 years. Using a Beatles song for each session, showing how PRSSA has changed in celebration of it’s 50th year. Learn from Manhattan based public relations professionals on how the field is continuing to change, and the new jobs that are emerging.

Host a Regional Conference

Become even more involved in PRSSA by hosting a Regional Conference. In the process of planning the event, you can gain valuable event planning skills, network with local Chapters and professionals and enhance your portfolio. The deadline to bid is in September each year. Chapters interested in hosting are asked to complete an optional intent to bid form (Word or PDF) before July 1. Download the Regional Conference bid form (Word or PDF) and direct questions to the Vice President of Events and Fundraising.

If you need help planning your event, check out the Regional Conferences Handbook (PDF) and review bid form examples from Boston University (PDF) and Utah Valley University (PDF).

Past Regional Conferences

View some of the past outstanding Regional Conferences to gain hosting ideas of your own.