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A conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, highlights the Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s (PPRA) Annual Meeting Celebration on Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Science History Institute (formerly The Chemical Heritage Foundation), 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA. Burke’s program will focus on the intersection of public relations, social media and the start of an international movement.
Burke, who shared the Me Too message during this year’s Oscar telecast, is a former Philadelphia resident who served as managing director of Art Sanctuary. She created the Me Too campaign in 2006 to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault, particularly for women of color. Her work inspired the #MeToo social media movement which helped earn her a spot with other “Silence Breakers” as TIME magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.
The Annual Meeting also features the induction of the 2018-2019 Board of Governors and the winners of the 2018 Fast Track and Dr. Jean Brodey Achievement awards. Nina Scimenes, Communications and Marketing Manager for Brûlée Catering, will be installed as president.
“The Annual Meeting is truly a celebration for public relations professionals across the Delaware Valley,” said PPRA President Adam Dvorin. “We’re excited to celebrate our members, introduce a new administration, and welcome Keynote Speaker Tarana Burke.”
This event is funded, in large part, by the late Sylvia Kauders, a public relations icon who was PPRA’s longest-standing member when she passed away in 2016 at age 94. Kauders was inducted into the PPRA Hall of Fame in 1976. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is the lead sponsor. Additional sponsors include Brownstone Public Relations, Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Tickets are available online at ppra.net and are $55 for PPRA Members; $70 for Non-Members; $45 for Students. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorship levels range from $500-$2,500 and customized packages are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.