27 Public Relations Conferences and Speaker Deadlines for 2019

By Victoria Guimarin

Choosing which public relations conference or tradeshow best fits your company and public relations strategy can be difficult. From PRSA to PRNews, below we share 27 of the top communications and PR conferences in the U.S. and their speaker deadlines:

February

The Holmes Report: The In2 Innovation Summit North America

February 13, 2019; San Francisco, CA

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking submissions closed.

The Holmes Report’s In2Summit series is a high-level event designed for senior practitioners to address the critical issues impacting engagement, ranging from analytics, digital tech and content marketing, to big data, visual storytelling and new talent.

PRNews’ Crisis Management Summit

February 27 – 28, 2019; Miami, FL

Call for Speakers Deadline:If you are interested in speaking at a PR News event, please contact Editorial Director Steve Goldstein at sgoldstein@accessintel.com.

Hosted by the leading brand for communicators, PR News, the Crisis Management Summit is your graduate course and a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded peers during various networking opportunities including a ceviche tasting and opening reception. 

March

Social Media Conference for PR, Marketing and Corporate Communications

March 6 – 8, 2019; Orlando, FL

Call for Speakers Deadline: For event information, contact customer service at 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com.

This conference will get you up to speed on proven PR, marketing and internal communications strategies for existing and emerging social media. Gain tips, tools and techniques so effective they will transform social media at your organization.

31st Annual Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

March 13 – 15, 2019; Washington, D.C.

Call for Speakers Deadline: For event information, contact customer service at 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com.

This conference serves as your trusted source for obtaining the skills and knowledge needed for crafting beautiful, memorable speeches.

The Role of Internal Communications in Building an Innovative Work Culture Conference

March 20 – 22, 2019; Chicago, IL

Call for Speakers Deadline: For event information, contact customer service at 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com.

Attend this conference and see how you can adopt the unconventional communication strategies that motivate employees to not only think outside the box, but to embrace the fact that in today’s ever-changing business environment, there is no box.

April

ContentTECH Summit

April 8 – 10, 2019; San Diego, CA

Call for Speakers Deadline: The submission deadline was September 21, 2018. Contact cmi_speakers@ubm.com to be added to their notification list for future Call for Speakers opportunities.

Come to the ContentTECH Summit to learn how new technologies and innovative processes are fundamentally changing what our work will look like in the next two to five years.

PRSA #prmatters Western District Conference

April 10 – 12, 2019; Phoenix, AZ

Call for Speakers Deadline: The deadline to submit speaking abstracts was November 16, 2018. For any question, contact feliceappell@gmail.com or call (602) 999-4932.

This low-cost, annual two-day regional conference offers excellent programming by quality trainers, networking opportunities, and celebration of excellence work and service via the District Awards.

5th Annual Content Marketing Conference

April 16 – 19, 2019; Boston, MA

Call for Speakers Deadline: January 31, 2019 (learn more)

Learn what’s new, what’s next, and what’s essential for content marketing success.

PR & Media Relations Conference at PayPal

April 16 – 18, 2019; New York, NY

Call for Speakers Deadline: For event information, contact customer service at 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com.

PRNews’ Measurement Conference

April 17 – 18, 2019; Washington, D.C.

Call for Speakers Deadline: If you are interested in speaking at a PR News event, please contact Editorial Director Steve Goldstein at sgoldstein@accessintel.com.

At PR News’ Measurement Conference you’ll learn how to tie your organization’s goals to the KPIs that matter most and how to use those numbers to sharpen your next initiative. 

PRSA Southwest District Conference: Launch

April 24 – 26, 2019; Houston, TX

Call for Speakers Deadline: If you have questions regarding speaking or sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Lach or Isidro Reyna

This conference will bring together public relations and communications professionals from across Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma for three days of professional development and networking. 

Social Media Week New York #SMWNYC

April 30 – May 2, 2019; New York, NY

Call for Speakers Deadline: December 14, 2018 (learn more)

Social Media Week brings together marketing, media and technology professionals from more than 50 countries with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media.

May

Wynne’s BROADCAST-U

May 3, 2019; New York, NY

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact rob@wynnepr.com for speaking opportunities.

BROADCAST-U is a brand-new event for public relations professionals at universities, colleges, engineering schools, business schools, and non-profits. BROADCAST-U lets PR professionals personally network with TV producers and bookers in one place, at one time.

PRNews’ The Social Shake-Up

May 6 – 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA

Call for Speakers Deadline: There is no listed deadline. To learn more, apply here.

Learn to redefine what social media means for your business, your brand, your future.

Crisis Communications Conference

May 9 – 10, 2019; Omaha NE

Call for Speakers Deadline: For event information, contact customer service at 800.878.5331, or cservice@ragan.com.

Whether you’re looking to bolster your reputation or better respond to situations that can befall your organization at any time without notice, you’ll learn how the era of fake news and fast-moving social media backlash have changed communications best practices.

June

PRSA Northeast District Conference PRXNE

June 7, 2019; Providence, RI

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact silverda@buffalostate.edu for information about the PRSA Northeast District Conference.

Join PRSA for a day full of inspiring presentations, thought-provoking conversations and impactful networking.

International Association of Business Communicators World Conference: Think Forward

June 9 – 12, 2019; Vancouver, BC

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact IABC at conference@iabc.com or via online form.

With the theme Think Forward and an eye toward the latest trends, solutions and ideas, the 2019 IABC World Conference will explore new challenges and opportunities facing the communication profession.

Social Media Week Los Angeles #SMWLA

June 12 – 13, 2019: Los Angeles, CA

Call for Speakers Deadline: February 15, 2019 (learn more)

Social Media Week brings together marketing, media and technology professionals from more than 50 countries with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media.

PRSA’s 2019 Corporate Communications Conference

June 27 – 28, 2019; New York, NY

Call for Speakers Deadline: The Call for Presentations for the PRSA 2019 Corporate Communications Conference is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact sections@prsa.org.

This conference, presented by the PRSA Corporate Communications Section, features presentations focused on the critical attributes and skills needed to advance a career in the new collaborative environment.

July

ColorComm Conference (C2)

July 24 – 26, 2019; Miami, FL

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact Val Wilson at colorcommconference@gmail.com about speaking opportunities.

C2 (short for ColorComm Conference) is the ultimate business conference and retreat for women of color in communications. Unlike many conferences with thousands in attendance, C2 is an intimate group of over 500 multicultural, professional women.

PRSA Sunshine District Conference

July 25 – 27, 2019; Tampa, FL

Call for Speakers Deadline: March 1, 2019 (learn more)

Join Florida’s top communications professionals for networking, learning and the PRSA Sunshine Radiance awards ceremony.

September

Content Marketing World Conference and Expo

September 3 – 6, 2019; Cleveland, OH

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact Content Marketing World via online form.

Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.

October

PRSA International Conference

October 20 – 22, 2019; San Diego, CA

Call for Speakers Deadline: February 28, 2019 (learn more)

At the PRSA International Conference you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of programs spotlighting the latest in public relations and communications strategies and tactics. 

Wynne’s Business Access Media Conference

October 24 – 25, 2019; Washington, D.C.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Contact rob@wynnepr.com for speaking opportunities.

The Business Access Media (BAM) conferences are the ultimate networking events for MBA public relations directors and the business media. Held annually in New York, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., our BAM conferences put you in direct contact with the journalists who cover business
issues and write about your research, your graduates and your business schools.

PRWeek Conference

Date, TBD – October 2019; Location, TBD

Call for Speakers Deadline: Email amanda.hassler@haymarketmedia.com with questions.

An event description has not yet been posted.

Dates – TBD

The Holmes Report: PRovoke19: Global PR Summit & Global SABRE Awards

Date, TBD; Location, TBD

Call for Speakers Deadline: TBD; approximately 6 months before the event

The 3-day conference is a high-level forum designed for senior practitioners to address the critical issues facing the profession. 

Communications Week

Date, TBD; Location, TBD

Call for Speakers Deadline: TBD; approximately 6 months before the event

Communications Week was founded in 2014 to bring together the greatest minds in PR and media. The biggest industry organizations and media outlets have been supporters of the week since the event’s inception. 

Are you attending any of these conferences? Do you need help submitting to speak at one of these shows? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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