Dear PPRA Members,
The events of recent days weigh heavily on all of us who have worked tirelessly to build the brand and reputation of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, our beloved Philadelphia region, its attractions and our businesses. But we must acknowledge that systemic injustice is a hard pill that the world can no longer swallow.

I'm very proud that the legacy of our organization has been enriched by diversity and inclusion - and by our actions - and that among our goals are positive interactions with everyone. Please tip your hat to several past presidents for their foresight in this area including Meredith Avakian, Adam Dvorin and Nina Rodebaugh who moved us toward action even before it became necessary.

These times are indeed challenging. As the international travel industry has tanked, so did my recent position in the hospitality and tourism industry. Words fail to express how excited I was to work in a dream job and to travel the world telling people The Philadelphia Story.

During this year as your President, I could not have been surrounded by a more amazing group of people as we celebrated the resilience of 75 years. Our Board of Directors met and faced every challenge imaginable as we pivoted. I will detail all of our accomplishments when we toast each other on July 7.

Like PPRA, I am resilient. The distinction of being the first PPRA President of Color was never lost on me. I am just so honored to have been "Your President" and to have managed through this challenging year of disruption. In your thoughts and actions, I ask only that you #BeAnAlly.

Deirdre C. Hopkins 
2019-2020 President 
Philadelphia Public Relations Association

WEBINAR: State of the Industry: Communications in  
Philadelphia & Beyond
Wednesday, June 17
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
2020 Annual Meeting - Virtual Happy Hour!
Tuesday, July 7
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
On May 28, our members and non-members alike tuned in to the webinar "Video from Home: Top Videography Tips from a Pro" presented by PPRA friend and sponsor Ricky Haldis of Wise Owl Multimedia. Haldis offered a treasure trove of advice and tips on capturing and editing quality video at a time when most of us have to do it on our own. Read more in this blog written by member Jill Flanagan here
On June 9, editors of four top magazines joined PPRA for "The Ins and Outs of Pitching Long Leads." Moderated by Deirdre Hopkins, the program featured Kristin Detterline, Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Style; Ernest Owens, award-winning journalist and Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC; Jayne Feld, Executive Editor of SJ Magazine; and Lisa Dukart, Executive Editor of Main Line Today and The Hunt.  
Nominate recipients for the below awards by  Monday, June 15:
PPRA Fast-Track Award  Honors a member of PPRA who has made great contributions to the organization, profession, the community and who exemplifies PPRA's vision for the future.

Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award
Awarded annually to a college junior or senior who has exhibited outstanding professional promise in the field of public relations, has an excellent academic track record and contributes to his or her community.

PRoactive Community Service Award The inaugural PRoactive Community Service Award honors a member of PPRA who dedicates their time to support the betterment of their community and as such, serves as an exemplary model of selfless service.

Click here to download the nomination forms for the three awards. Supporting materials to be included with each nomination form must demonstrate the nominee's professional promise, community service and commitment to the profession. All materials should be emailed to the Philadelphia Public Relations Association at or mailed to:   
P.O. Box 579 
Moorestown, NJ 08057 

For questions, contact the PPRA Office at 215-557-9865 or e-mail

PPRA's blog 
"Between You & MEdia"  offers insight, tips and tricks and fun facts learned from members of the media through our informal interviews with them.
This month, read all about Molly Given, Features Editor for Metro Philadelphia Newspaper!

Get to know Barbara Link, Communications Strategist & Content Creator, Link Ink

Member Phoebe Resnick's cat hard at work

Many of us are housebound and surrounded by new co-workers: children, spouses/partners, roommates and/or pets. Introduce them to your PPRA colleagues by sending a photo and fun caption idea to Beverly Volpe, VP of Communications at for a chance to appear in our newsletter! 

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello when you meet them at our events!
  • Aje King, Temple University
  • Corianne Schrim, Unite for HER

Deirdre Hopkins was highlighted in  Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine's May/June issue talking about PPRA's efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.
Slice Communications presents Social Media Day 2020 virtually! Join thought leaders and influencers for one of the world's premier conferences for social media and digital marketing professionals - all from the comfort of home. Tickets are $20 and net proceeds go to Fuel the Fight, a local nonprofit that provides chef-prepared meals to frontline workers.  Register here. 

Marissa Reale has created a new Twitter resource page. It's dedicated to helping reporters, producers and media everywhere get what they need: authentic stories, questions answered, sources, feedback, support, assets etc.  Check it out.

DuBois Public Relations' client, Imago Dei Metropolitan Community Church was featured on 6ABC's Art of Aging for the Food Pantry they started to help reduce hunger in Delaware County. 

Ross Brinkert and Lisa V. Chewning of Penn State Abington are pleased to share that their new textbook "Strategic Corporate Communication: Core Concepts for Managing Your Career and Your Clients' Brands" was recently published.
Way to go! Feedspot released this helpful Top 25 Philadelphia Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow in 2020 list. Feel free to add these inspiring influencers to your rolodexes. 

We are looking to start a PR Peer Group in which a small group of professionals, of all levels, come together to talk about new ideas, challenges, potential partnerships, and innovation. We'll talk shop or food, families, pets, movies - whatever comes up!. Our goal is to foster deep relationships, nurture partnerships, and help each other succeed. If you are interested, please email Michelle Sonsino, VP of Membership, at
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