Dallas-Fort Worth area
Nov. 13 – 15, 2022
Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
Join us in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for ICON 2022, which we plan to hold in person for the first time since 2019!
Our headquarters hotel for PRSA and PRSSA will be the one-of-a-kind Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, where we’ll celebrate PRSA's 75th Anniversary. ICON 2022 will present top-notch thought leaders, an extensive array of breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more. You’ll be able to enhance your perspective and skill sets, renew old friendships and make new contacts, and meet representatives from leading industry service providers.
Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. In his 15 seasons as a running back in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including most career rushing yards and most career rushing touchdowns.
After his playing days, Smith served as a football analyst and then took his television career a step further when he won the third season of ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars," during which he was dubbed "the king of effortless cool." He also added author to his list of accomplishments, publishing "Game On," which outlines the principles that helped him succeed both on and off the field.
Matlin’s latest film, "CODA," recently earned three Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture. It also garnered the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."
In 1987, Matlin became the youngest recipient of a Best Actress Oscar for her film debut in "Children of a Lesser God."
During her nearly 30 years with BBC News, Katty has been a reporter and lead anchor, reaching a huge global audience from her studio in Washington, D.C. She is a regular contributor and substitute host of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.
She is co-author, with Claire Shipman, of four New York Times bestselling books.
Military and Veteran DEI Keynote Panel
• Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
• Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Equity and Inclusion Agency)
• Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
• Brigadier General (Ret), U.S. Air Force
Paula L. Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA
• Executive Director, Honoring America’s Veterans
• Owner/Principal, Paula Pedene & Associates
Plan Ahead and Reserve Your Seat at the Center of Influence in 2022.
Professional communicators wield incredible power as influencers in their organizations, industries and society. ICON 2022 will showcase the impact of public relations and strategic communications over the past 75 years as well as defining the role of
the communicator in the future.
The power of this influence will be explored at ICON 2022 through thought leadership, education, events and networking programs focused on the impact that communicators have in:
- Driving business and society forward by leading the discussion on civility.
- Influencing the conversation about change with facts, integrity and deliberate narratives designed to effect behavior.
- Shaping the future of corporate and private business social responsibility, DE&I, social activism, and more.
- Speaking with authority on matters of dis/mis and mal-information.
- Impacting business decisions by earning and maintaining a critical “seat at the table.”
- Defining the future of communications in government, business, nonprofits, communities and beyond.
Health Academy Conference at ICON
This year, the Health Academy Conference is conveniently being co-located with ICON 2022 and will take place on Nov. 12-13. Registration is now open!
Rates & Hotel
on or before Sept. 23
|Health Academy Conference Only|
|Health Academy Section Member||$595||$695|
|ICON + Health Academy Conference Bundle|
|Health Academy Section Member||$1,590||$1,890|
|Saturday Full-Day, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.|
Why the Federal Incident Command System Will Work for Every Organization in Every Kind of Event, Disaster or Crisis
|Sunday Half-Day, Nov. 13, 8–11:30 a.m.|
PR Boot Camp: Key Concepts and Techniques of Effective Public Relations
|Sunday Half-Day, Nov. 13, 8–11:30 a.m.|
PR Business Boot Camp: Launch Your Consulting Practice
Please contact Cindy - firstname.lastname@example.org at our registration company and let her know that you wish to add Health Academy to your ICON registration. She will enter it manually for you, and then process the payment.
* For attendees who meet eligibility criteria, the nonmember rate for ICON Professional Registration includes full paid National membership for one year. PRSA will send you an application after the Conference in November 2022.
† The PRSA member rate for the Health Academy Conference includes free Health Academy Section membership for one year.
‡ For attendees who meet eligibility criteria, the nonmember rate for ICON + Health Academy Bundle includes full paid National membership, including the Health Academy Section, for one year. PRSA will send you an application after the Conference in November 2022.
Exclusive ICON 2022 Conference Hotel Rate
For accommodations at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, click on the booking link or call (877) 491-5138 and
ask for the Group Name “Public Relations Society of America.” PRSA has reserved a special room rate of $249 per night, plus taxes and fees. Rooms are guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct.
PRSA's ICON 2022 Conference event is scheduled to be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Tx and will be subject to the COVID-19 protocols, guidelines, laws and regulations of the State of Texas and the City of Grapevine. As the situation evolves, these orders are subject to change and can be found here and here. We ask that all attendees frequently monitor them.
The best way to have a successful gathering in these times is to commit to keeping each other safe! Please monitor your health and use all precautions to protect everyone in our community. We encourage attendees to get vaccinated if they can and wear masks when in large crowds. If you test positive for COVID-19, are feeling symptomatic, are required to quarantine, or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or been exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in the lead up to the event and need to stay home, we will be flexible on the cancellation policy for these reasons.
Honorary ICON 2022 Co-Chairs
Sabrina Browne, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, BCW
Sabrina Browne is an award-winning PR executive, DEI champion, and women’s advocate residing in the Greater New York City Area. Currently, she is a Vice President, Corporate Affairs at BCW, the world’s third-largest integrated communications firm. In her role, Sabrina advises clients across the retail, CPG, financial, and spirits sectors.
Browne connects the firm’s Fortune 500 clients to target audiences through integrated communication strategies that build consumer trust, drive purchase consideration, and sustain corporate reputation in media. She also leads BCW’s African American Employee Resource Group in North America to elevate Black voices across the firm. Beyond BCW, she is the VP of Marketing at PRSA-NY and Co-Chair of PRSA's Black Voices Affinity Group.
To date, Browne has received several awards and recognitions including Business Insider's 20 Rising Stars in PR, Crain’s Notable in Marketing and PR Award, and Top 100 Women Leaders of New Jersey.
Robert T. Hastings, APR+M, Fellow PRSA
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Bell
Robert Hastings is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, for Bell Textron Inc. where he leads the company’s internal and external communications, marketing, branding, corporate giving, and community affairs.
Hastings joined Bell from Northrop Grumman where he served as vice president of communications for the Information Systems Sector. Previously, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs where he led a worldwide public affairs community of some 4,000 military and civilian personnel. Before joining the Defense Department, he served as chief of staff and vice president of communications for BAE Systems, Inc.
Hastings is a former member of the PRSA Board of Directors and Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS). He also served on the National Capitol Chapter Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of the 2010 International Conference. Hastings is a recipient of the PRSA Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award.
Juan-Carlos Molleda, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication
University of Oregon
Juan-Carlos Molleda, Ph.D. is the Edwin L. Artzt Dean and Professor of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication since 2016. He has been an active scholar for more than 20 years, resulting in a noteworthy volume of publications and speaking engagement worldwide.
Juan-Carlos is the co-director of the Latin American Communication Monitor, the largest study of strategic communication in the region since 2014. He is actively engaged with the professional community, accumulating more than 10 years of public relations and communication management experience in the financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, and consultancy sectors.
Juan-Carlos is member of PRSA Educational Affairs Committee, the Institute for Public Relations’ Board of Trustees, The LAGRANT Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations’ Board of Advisors. In Oregon, Juan-Carlos is member of the HIV Alliance’s Board of Directors and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Leadership Council.
Patrice A. Tanaka
Founder & Chief Joy Officer
Joyful Planet LLC
Patrice Tanaka is a best-selling author, public speaker, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of three award-winning, PR & marketing agencies and the consultancy, Joyful Planet [joyfulplanet.com], focused on helping individuals and organizations discover
and actively “live” or “operationalize” their purpose to unleash greater success, fulfillment and joy in their personal lives, workplaces and communities.
Tanaka lives in New York City but calls Hawaii “home” and is committed to living her life with the “Aloha Spirit.”
How can I register for PRSA ICON 2022?
You can register online or print a PDF registration form here.
Are there early registration discounts?
Yes. Book before March 1, 2022 to save $400. Book between March 2 and Sept. 16 to save $200.
Do PRSA members receive a registration discount?
Yes. Active PRSA members receive a $300 discount on their registration, which is reflected in the member rate.
Are there any special discounts available for non-PRSA members?
Fully paid non-PRSA members who register for ICON are eligible to receive a complimentary one-year PRSA membership.
What is included in the cost of a registration?
Includes all ICON programming, ICON Refreshment Breaks, Sunday and Monday Night Receptions and Monday/Tuesday Lunches. (Note: pre-conference workshops will be available for an additional fee.)
How can I attend a pre-conference Workshops?
You will be able to can register for them online or by using the PDF registration form. All pre-conference workshop information, including registration details, are posted here.
Who are the ICON keynote speakers?
We have announced two keynote speakers to date. Check back for additional speakers to be announced.
- Marlee Matlin – Academy Award Winning Actress, humanitarian and DEI advocate.
- Katty Kay – BBC News and NBC News
- Emmitt Smith
- DEI Panel
Are discounted hotel rooms available for ICON attendees?
Yes. PRSA has reserved a special room rate of $249 per night, plus taxes and fees at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Click on the booking link or call (877) 491-5138 and ask for the Group Name “Public Relations Society of America.” Rooms are guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct. 5, 2022.
Can I cancel my registration?
Yes. A refund of your 2022 ICON registration fee, less an administrative fee of $400 ($85 for PRSSA students and advisers), will be made if written notice of cancellation is postmarked (or emailed) no later than Oct. 12, 2022. Registrants whose cancellation requests are postmarked (or emailed) after Oct. 12, 2022, will NOT be entitled to a refund. Cancellation of registration for this event must be made in writing and mailed to PRSA 2022 International Conference, 411 Lafayette Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10003, Attn: PRSA 2022 International Conference Registration, or by email to email@example.com.
If I have registered and can not attend, can I send a substitute in my place?
Yes. Substitute attendees will be permitted (with appropriate documentation) until Oct. 12, 2022 and must be made in writing and mailed to PRSA 2022 International Conference, 411 Lafayette Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10003, Attn: PRSA 2022 International Conference Registration, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be a virtual option for those who do not want to attend in person?
Yes. The virtual option includes access to ICON 2022 keynote presentations and select breakout sessions, along with virtual networking opportunities through the conference app through 2022. You can select the virtual option on the registration page when signing up
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