Annual Meeting Celebration


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Registration
5:45 - 6:45 p.m. PPRA Remarks and Program
6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception


Join PPRA as we celebrate and culminate another successful programming year! During the festivities we will recognize the winners of the 2016 PPRA Fast-Track and Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Awards, say thank you to our outgoing president Meredith Z. Avakian-Hardaway and the 2015-2016 Board of Governors, and induct our incoming president Ashley Berke and the 2016-2017 Board of Governors.

We also will pay tribute to a true titan of PPRA, Sylvia Kauders, a past president, Hall of Famer, Board member and influential leader in the public relations industry and beyond. Despite her recent passing, Sylvia’s countless contributions to PPRA will live on forever. In addition to reflecting on Sylvia’s life and career, we look forward to honoring Anne Klein, the newest member of the PPRA Sylvia Kauders 50-Year Club during the event.

Philadelphia truly is an engaging place to live, work, and visit. Visitors love our well-known icons such as the Rocky statue and Liberty Bell, but how did we brand our “Phillyosophy” to make our visitors feel loved back?

Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, is our Annual Meeting Celebration keynote speaker. Levitz, the woman who has helped shine a national and international spotlight on Philadelphia in recent years, will share insight on how her team built and branded Philadelphia’s tourism industry and beyond.

In her role as president and CEO, Levitz is responsible for building the region’s image and growing its tourism industry, worth $10 billion in economic impact. A respected civic leader and consummate convener, Levitz has spent more than 30 years working to get Philadelphia’s hospitality industry recognized as a vibrant one. Levitz works with Visit Philadelphia’s board and staff to build the region’s economy and image through destination marketing.

It will be a celebration you won’t want to miss. Fittingly, we will be at the birthplace of our nation on historic Independence Mall on Flag Day!


Liberty View Ballroom at the Independence Visitor Center
6th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Contact Information:

Name: Denise Downing
Phone: 215-557-9865
Fax: 856-727-9504

Registration Information:

Deadline: Monday, June 13, 2016
Cancellations will be accepted in writing by June 10, 2016. No Refunds after June 10, 2016. No-shows will be billed.

Other Information:

Registration Fees:
$49 for PPRA Members
$69 for Non-members
$35 for Students
Additional $5 for Walk-ins