A Note from the President
Dear PPRA Members,

It's impossible to walk the streets of Philadelphia without noticing a mural. You can practically hear the Bandstand-era music as you pass South Philly Musicians Remix. The iconic Common Threads makes you stop and ponder what unites us across the centuries. And a rooftop Love Letter can instantly bring a smile to your face. More than just beautiful works of art, these murals inspire and ignite change.

The driving force behind it all is the unbelievably dynamic Jane Golden. As founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, she has helped bring to life more than 3,800 works of public art in our city. And by partnering with nonprofit organizations, city agencies, schools, philanthropies, and others, she has created a collaborative process that brings communities together while transforming public spaces.

I sincerely hope you will join us on November 3rd as we honor Jane Golden with our 2016 Gold Medal award . I am so pleased to recognize Jane for her lifelong commitment to public art projects with a purpose, and for turning the national and international spotlight on Philadelphia through this powerful work.  We have a fantastic line-up of speakers as well as an opportunity for attendees to make their mark on a special mural created just for the occasion. You won't want to miss it! Please consider serving as a sponsor of the event, too.

Lastly, don't forget to bring a donation of accessories for our 2016 Philly PRoactive partner, Career Wardobe. Your ties, jewelry, handbags, and scarves will help Career Wardobe outfit, educate, and empower thousands of job seekers across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

There are so many people and organizations doing good work in our city. I hope you feel as proud as I do to play a small part in honoring these worthy individuals and groups through PPRA.

Ashley Berke
2016-2017 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association

P.S. - We've extended our membership renewal
deadline to October 31! Please consider volunteering to serve on a committee to make the most of your membership. 

Here's What You Missed
How to Make Your Pitch Stand Out in a Crowd(ed) Inbox
On 9/30,  an all-star panel of Philly-based journalists  shared tips and tricks on how to perfect your pitch and get responses from reporters. Check out our blog for a full recap.
Local experts shared their experiences and advice on how to become social media stars - from ideating campaigns to crafting thought out responses in a timely manner. Watch the livestream here
Networking 101
We had a packed house at the Saxby's HQ on 10/13 for our annual Networking 101 event! Head over to our Twitter @PPRA #Networking101 for key takeaways.

2016 Gold Medal Luncheon

Join us for our annual Gold Medal Luncheon on Nov. 3rd at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia as we honor Jane Golden, the founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, for helping to shine the national spotlight on Philadelphia. Under the driving force of her direction, Mural Arts has created more than 3,800 works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Golden has received numerous awards for her work, and the Gold Medal Luncheon will mark the first time she is recognized by a public relations group. 
6abc's Tamala Edwards will join us as the emcee, along with special guest speakers Rocco Albano, Marketing Activation at Merkle and former Mural Arts artist; Lisa Nutter, President, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; and Meg Saligman, world-renowned muralist. 
Get your tickets today! Please download this form for sponsorship opportunities.
Local Media Happenings
  • Patrick Kerkstra is no longer with Philadelphia Magazine. He announced via Twitter at the end of September that he was leaving his position as editor.
  • Canadian broadcaster Talia Schlanger joins WXPN as a  contributing  host and radio producer for World Cafe.
  • NBC10 welcomes Erin Coleman (formerly of WSB-TV in Atlanta) to co-anchor the 5pm news with Keith Jones.
  • Meteorologist Sheena Parveen announced that she will be leaving NBC10 at the end of the year. Parveen will head to WRC-TV, an NBC-owned station in Washington, D.C.
  • A CBS3 spokesperson confirmed that anchor Brooke Thomas is no longer at the station.  Thomas  joined the station in March 2016.
Know of a recent media change? Email us! 

Member News You Can Use
  • We extend our congratulations to Brianna Rooney, who has been promoted from  Assistant Account Executive to Account Executive at Tonic Life Communications.
  • On 10/11, Ralston Center, Anne Klein Communications Group client, hosted a senior "pop-up park" on its front lawn in celebration of 25 years of w ellness programming. Event attendees participated in a morning of exercise, healthy food discussions, and health screenings. Darrah Foster and team secured press placements on CBS3 and 6abc.
  • Cari Feiler Bender assisted the AIDS Fund in announcing a mission change to raise funds for the most vulnerable members of our community living with HIV disease. CBS3 provided live onsite coverage of the 30th Annual AIDS Walk/Run Philly on Oct. 16.
  • Skai Blue Media client Net Impact announced that their annual conference will take place in Philadelphia from 11/3 - 11/5. The conference will gather over 2,500 students and young professionals just days before the presidential election to find solutions for global issues like climate change, social justice, and social entrepreneurship. Keynote speakers include the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, CEO of Walmart, manager of My Brother's Keeper at The White House, and more.  
  • The National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) announced that it has named David W. Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, as the recipient of the 2016 Ofield Dukes Educator Award, recognizing the best African Americans in the public relations industry that are making positive contributions in the community.
Win an award? Speaking on a panel? Landed an amazing media hit? 
Email us your good news at  info@ppra.com.

PRoactive Partner
PPRA is proud to announce this year's partnership with Career Wardrobe! Started by a group of Philadelphia-area women looking to make a positive difference in the lives of women entering the workplace in the community, the organization has grown into the nation's largest community-based organization dedicated to assisting men and women in successfully transitioning to work by providing professional attire and career skills training.

Please bring your gently used handbags, jewelry, ties, belts, and scarves to the Gold Medal Luncheon on 11/3 to help outfit and empower women and men seeking jobs in Southeastern PA. On  11/16 , we will host an evening of networking (and shopping) at Career Wardrobe's Spring Garden location.

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Katherine Blodgett
  • Demi Mallios, Presby's Inspired Life
  • Aubrey Nagle, Opera Philadelphia
  • Jenna Pizzi, University of the Sciences
  • Beverly Volpe, Snap2 Marketing & PR
  • Macy Zhelyazkova, Allebach Communications
Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Career Corner for more details on the following positions: 

Specialist, Marketing and Communications
Eastern State Penitentiary
Senior Account Executive
Director of Communications and Marketing
The Agnes Irwin School
Director, Community Engagement
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Public Relations Account Coordinator
Hornercom Inc.

Have a job you want to promote in the Career Corner to reach nearly 300 PR professionals in the area? Click here to post your job !