(Banner graphic of PRSA 2016 International Conference logo)

PRSA 2016 International Conference

Accelerating the Speed of Innovation and Creativity

Oct. 23–25 | Indianapolis, Ind.

At the PRSA 2016 International Conference, you can enhance your personal and professional network while engaging with some of the world’s most influential companies and organizations that call Indiana home. Connect with thousands of colleagues and more than 150 industry experts from all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries for three days of practical insight and networking.

Just Announced!


Monday Networking Luncheon Speaker: Mike Fernandez, Burson-Marsteller
Mike Fernandez, who earned the Paladin Award from the PRSA Foundation for his contributions to diversity, will share his field-tested perspective, spotlighting how “Diversity Requires a Bias for Action.” Fernandez, who was recently named Global Corporate and Financial Practice Chair at Burson-Marsteller, has served as chief communications officer for five of America’s largest companies and is well known for his work in managing crises, helping organizations pursue greater transparency, and developing purpose-driven organizations that engage stakeholders and critics. Learn more

Derreck Kayongo photo

Sunday Opening General Session Keynote Speaker: Human Rights Advocate Derreck Kayongo
Derreck Kayongo will draw on his childhood experiences as a Ugandan refugee living in Kenya and inspire you to “Tap Your Power to Create Change.” Using his gifts as a storyteller and passion for life, Kayongo will highlight the power of simple ideas and creativity to address global problems. Now CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in Atlanta, Kayongo recalls that upon first arriving in America, he was struck by how many different kinds of soaps were provided — and ultimately left behind — in hotel rooms. In 2009, Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project to donate leftover hotel soap to needy people around the world. Learn more

Capt. Scott Kelly (photo)

Sunday Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Capt. Scott Kelly
Pioneering U.S. Astronaut and Navy Test Pilot Scott Kelly, just back from a record-setting year aboard the International Space Station, will inspire you with a thrilling account of his space odyssey, orbiting 229 miles above the Earth's surface. While his adventures were truly out of this world, Capt. Kelly will share valuable advice on pushing your own limits. Learn more

Watch below as Capt. Scott Kelly describes his journey of a lifetime!

Theresa Payon (photo)

Monday Morning Keynote Speaker: Cybersecurity Expert Theresa Payton
Former White House Chief Information Officer (CIO) Theresa Payton will deliver a compelling wake-up call regarding the world of cybersecurity as the International Conference General Session Keynote Speaker at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. In the aftermath of headline-making, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target, Payton will spotlight practical ways that PR professionals can help address the risks of a data breach and communicate proactively on the subject. Learn more


Monday Morning Keynote Speaker: NCAA President Mark Emmert
Mark Emmert has worked in a number of key leadership positions during his career in higher education, and has championed greater support for the academic success, and health and safety of college athletes. Since 2010, he has served as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the membership organization for more than 1,100 colleges and universities that participate in college sports. On Monday, Oct. 24, Emmert will discuss how recent advances in college sports are creating a pathway to opportunity for student-athletes — and the critical role that clear, concise and targeted communications play in sharing that information. Learn more

Scott Stratten (photo)

Tuesday Morning Keynote Speaker: Marketing Maverick Scott Stratten
Nonconformist Scott Stratten will challenge your approach to marketing and social media when he addresses the International Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. In his humorous, down-to-earth manner, Stratten will help you re-examine the commonly held wisdom about branding and relationship building in order to enhance customer engagement and produce more effective results. Learn more

Four More Things We’re Looking Forward to at Conference

Photo of attendees at the PRSA International Conference
New Approaches to Use Immediately at Work
Tailor your Conference learning within five tracks: IntegrationTools & TechniquesSpecializationStrategic Planning & Implementation, and Leadership & Management.
Photo of an attendee taking a smartphone photo
Success Stories Spanning Sectors and Career Levels
Find groundbreaking approaches from Silver Anvil Award-winning programs and technique-based programs that are tailored to the changing needs of professionals at all career stages.
Photo of International Conference attendees at a reception
Networking Events That Connect Thousands of PR Colleagues
Join thousands of old and new friends for networking events featuring the best of the industry and Indianapolis at the Opening Night Reception.
Photos of attendees networking at International Conference
Pre-Conference Workshops Offering In-Depth Insight
Looking for a day to develop one particular skillset? Check out the suite of pre-Conference sessions.
PRSA International Conference
What people are saying
Join the conversation

PRSA thanks its sponsors: