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PRSA 2019 New Professionals Summit Series

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The Call for Presentations for the PRSA 2019 New Professionals Summit in Chicago will be available until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 26, 2019.


PRSA 2019 New Professionals Summit

“Careers in PRogress”

Sept. 6 | Chicago

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 26, 2019

PRSA’s New Professionals section is seeking experienced professionals interested in sharing their experiences with today’s new professionals to speak at the 2019 Careers in PRogress summit series. This series is an opportunity for new pros to gather in three cities across the country to network, hone their skills and develop professionally.

Read through these guidelines carefully to ensure your proposal meets the criteria. Submissions are due by Friday, July 26, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Conference Overview

In 2018, more than 40 young professionals convened in New York City to learn from speakers representing companies like GE, Ketchum, American Heart Association, Bustle, Small Girls PR, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and more. New Professionals’ members traveled to New York from as far as Washington, D.C., Chicago and Indiana to be a part of this inaugural New Pros conference.

PRSA’s New Professionals Section is thrilled to be hosting a series of “Careers in PRogress” summits in 2019, with the first in Silicon Valley, and we are currently seeking speakers!

The conference will provide new professionals with sessions and workshops on the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry, including leadership, personal branding and more.

PRSA’s New Professionals Section is thrilled to be hosting a series of “Careers in PRogress” summits in 2019 and we are currently seeking speakers for the remaining two Summits!

At this specialized conference, attendees will gain practical tactics and industry insight through sessions designed specifically with new professionals in mind and have the chance to learn from and network with fellow new professionals who are also determined to become the industry’s next leaders.

By the end of the conference, attendees will feel prepared to excel in their careers with a fresh perspective on leadership, personal branding and more.

Proposal Guidelines

To participate as a session speaker in this conference, please submit an innovative and compelling presentation proposal in one of the following areas:

  • Development of a personal brand as a new pro (1-5 years of experience)
  • Top contributions to internal teams and growing a strong PR skillset
  • Professional and career development as a young pro
  • Navigating difficult or ethical workplace situations
  • Unique PR positions/experiences
  • Tips and tricks for succeeding early in your career
  • Hands-on workshop with actionable takeaways attendees can use immediately (i.e. personal branding, hands-on skill-building, etc.)
  • Communication as a new pro (with clients, personal brand, journalists, influencers, team members, internal, external, etc.)
  • Mastering management as a new pro (managing up, managing yourself, managing others, managing partners, managing other agencies or internal teams, managing clients)

Presentations must be targeted to junior communications professionals within the first five years of their careers.

Application Instructions and Rules

Please complete all information via the online form and submit it for consideration to the PRSA Sections Department no later than July 26, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applicants will be notified of final selections via email.

As this conference is geared towards helping new professionals develop and learn, speakers with five or more years of experience are encouraged to apply.

Session proposals should be for 45 to 60-minute sessions, which can be presented by an individual or panel of experts, or as facilitated round table discussions, where attendees can take away tools to help them in their day-to-day job. Presenters should be prepared to provide 10–15 minutes for Q&A at the end of each session.

All presentations must be detailed, thoughtful and able to provide attendees with knowledge and tools they can implement in their practice. Public Relations Agency proposals should include a client case study, with the client included in the actual presentation, if possible. Presentations from PR agencies, research providers, consultants, etc., will be considered only if they are unbiased, educational, informative and innovative. Pitches for a specific commercial service or product will not be considered.

In lieu of a proposed session, potential speakers may be invited to participate in general panel sessions.

In addition, please note, speaker presentations will be posted online for conference attendees. Participation in the conference conveys to PRSA the right to use imagery, content, presentations, etc., for promotional purposes.

Please be sure to provide complete contact details for references. Failing to do so may result in the disqualification of your speaker proposal.

Speaker Expenses and Compensation

PRSA does not pay for expenses, such as hotel and airfare, nor offer speaker stipends. Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration, which includes access to all general sessions and basic meal functions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Prospective sponsors should contact John Kesaris at john.kesaris@prsa.org or (212) 460-1406.


Contact Vada Wilson, at vada.wilson@prsa.org or (212) 460-1473.

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