A Note from the President
Dear PPRA Members,

I don't know about you, but I always feel a sense of renewed joy this time of year, as the sun shines a little brighter and the flowers are in full bloom. It's an exciting time for PPRA, too, as we come together for celebrations that highlight the importance and evolution of our industry.
I hope to see you at our annual Hall of Fame luncheon May 24, when we recognize the achievements and contributions of longtime PPRA member, Dr. Bill Cowen.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting on June 22, when we celebrate the 2016-17 programming year, induct our new Board of Directors, and honor young talent in the field. In addition, this year's special guest speakers will provide insight into the changing media landscape and how our industry can best adapt.
Because we are always looking to welcome new members to the PPRA community, I encourage you to invite prospective members to our final events of the year. These memorable occasions offer opportunities for networking, professional development, and inspiration. There is no better time to show prospective members what we are all about. And there is no better time to connect with one another and revel in our successes.
To quote this year's Hall of Fame honoree, Dr. Bill Cowen, "Let's all be proud of who we are and what we do." 


Ashley Berke
2016-2017 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association
Here's What You Missed
"What You Don't Know About Greater Philadelphia" 
On April 27, PPRA held a special program designed to highlight the assets of Greater Philadelphia that make it a special place to live, work, play, dine, explore, create, and innovate. We discussed why our 11-county region rates so highly as an international gateway for business growth, tourism, financial services, technology, and research. 
"Behind the Scenes of Fox 29's 'The Q'"
PPRA Member Marissa Reale (right) and Temple PR graduate Mina Lezenby (left) were part of the PPRA group who attended a taping of Fox 29's "The Q." The group sat down with host Quincy Harris and Producer Meredith Eells to learn about opportunities on the year-old daytime lifestyle show.

"Careers 101: From College to Career
Thank you to Drexel University, Drexel PRSSA, and everyone who helped make PPRA's annual Careers 101 event a success! Photographed are (from left) Drexel PRSSA Chapter President Nneka Van Gronigen and Social Media Director Cynthia Fox. PRSSA Secretary Angela Hackett (not pictured) helped PPRA coordinate logistics. Photo by Cecelia Sheridan, who snapped headshots of the attendees.

"The NFL Draft is Coming"
In April, the NFL Draft came to Philadelphia -- and PPRA held a program to discuss the event's PR impact on the city. Photographed are (from left) PPRA Vice President of Programming Adam Dvorin, PPRA President Ashley Berke, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) Director of Communications Alethia Calbeck, and Bonnie Grant, executive director of PHL Life Sciences, a division of the PHLCVB.

Upcoming Events
Join us as we induct a professional "triple threat'' into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Bill Cowen is a practitioner, professor, and philanthropist. A past president, he has been a passionate PPRA member for years, as well as owner and president of Metrospective Communications. He is the program director for the Department of Communications at Villanova and he finds time to support numerous charitable organizations in the Philadelphia region. Join the celebration at Union Trust with Emcee Ian Bush of KYW Newsradio and a host of other special guests. Purchase your tickets here

Join PPRA as we celebrate another successful programming year! We will recognize the winners of the 2017 PPRA Fast-Track and Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Awards. We will then thank our outgoing president Ashley Berke and the 2016-2017 Board of Governors. We will also induct our incoming president Adam Dvorin and the 2017-2018 Board of Governors. 

In addition, we will conduct an armchair discussion about new journalism models in the United States -- live from the city where a new model is being implemented. 

We will hear from Terrance C.Z. Egger, Publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Media Network, and Gabriel Escobar, editor of the Philadelphia Media Network's three media properties -- the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Register here.

Call for Nominations
Gold Medal Award Nominations 
Each fall, PPRA honors an individual or organization whose accomplishments have left a lasting impact on our community and brought national recognition to Philadelphia. Click here to see the list of past Gold Medal recipients. Can you think of someone who deserves to be among this prestigious group? Nominate worthy recipients today! Email Nina Scimenes at nina@brulee-catering.com  with your suggestions.

Local Media Happenings
Know of a recent media change? Email us!
Win an award? Speaking on a panel? Landed an amazing media hit? 
Email us your good news at  info@ppra.com or tweet us using #PPRAProud.

New Positions & Hires, Clients, and Endeavors: 
  • Gregg Feistman has been appointed Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the new Public Relations Major at Temple University.
Notable Media Placements: 
  • To cap off Autism Awareness Month in April, Bancroft hosted The Ninja Warrior Challenge at Campbell's Field, Camden. The free event, which drew more than 400 families of children with autism, featured autism-friendly obstacles and stars of the hit television series American Ninja Warrior. The event earned stories on NBC10, CBSPhilly, and 6ABC Action News
  • PPRA member Kerry O'Connor at Einstein Healthcare Network/MossRehab worked with Vice.com and MossRehab Pain Management Specialist Dr. Leonard Kamen for a Go90 piece on the intersection of pain and addiction.
Photo of the Month

PPRA's April 27 program "What You Don't Know About Greater Philadelphia" coincided with "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." Joining PPRA for the day were (from left) Maya Dvorin, Erin Downing, and Rachel Dvorin. Maya and Rachel were guests of PPRA President-Elect and Vice President of Programming Adam Dvorin. Erin was helping her Mom, PPRA Executive Director Denise Downing.  
  • Slice Communications will give a 20% discount to all PPRA members for Social Media Day PHL on June 29. Register here using code PPRA.
New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • T. Jarrod Bolden, Center City Strategies
  • Jacklyn Isasi , AARP
  • Emily O'Connell
Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Career Corner for more details on the following positions: 

Associate Director of Strategic Marketing
Penn State Abington Campus
Media Relations Representative
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Social Media Manager
Propel Strategic Communications

Manager, Development Communications
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Global Independence Center
Manager of Public Affairs
Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP)

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