The Bridge Public Relations and Communications Conference “Connecting the Academy and the Profession”

 April 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018

 Georgetown University, 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


The Bridge – Sponsorship and Giving Opportunities

Date: April 12-13, 2018

Individual Registration: $495

Conference Location: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (Downtown) 640 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

April 12th Reception Location: National Press Club Holeman Lounge 529 14th St NW Washington, DC 20045

The Institute for Public Relations is excited to announce the launch of The Bridge—Public Relations and Communication Conference, the first two-day conference geared toward both public relations and corporate communications practitioners and academics.

The Bridge allows academics to learn from senior-level executives, while having an opportunity to present their research at a peer-reviewed conference, and allows mid-to-senior-level executives to learn about the latest in public relations and communications research. A key feature of the conference is the opportunity to network and interact with top leaders in both the practice and the academy in a small setting (max of 125 attendees).

Cost: $495 for each individual. Includes two full-days with keynote sessions, research paper programs and panels, networking coffees and a social at the National Press Club.

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel 999 Ninth St NW Washington, DC 20001 Room Rate: $329 per night + tax (1 King or 2 Double)

Conference Cancellation Policy: 50% of the conference fee is refundable if cancelled by March 10. No refunds will be given starting March 11.

Dress code is business casual. For any questions about the conference, please contact


Roger Bolton

President of the Arthur W. Page Society

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Lynn P. Costantini

NJ Board of Public Utilities

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Marcia Distaso

Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Public Relations at the University of Florida

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Kyle Dropp

Cofounder and Chief Research Officer of Morning Consult

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Dr. Terry Flynn

Associate Professor, Communications Management, Department Of Communication Studies & Multimedia, McMaster University

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Pat Ford

Worldwide Vice Chairman Chief Client Officer and Visiting Professor Burson-Marsteller and University of Florida

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Karen Freberg

Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at University of Louisville

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Hilary Fussell Sisco

Associate Professor of Public Relations at Quinnipiac University

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Jeremy Gilbert

Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Washington Post

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Gary Grates

Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications

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Claudia Keith

Chief Communications Officer at the City of Palo Alto

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Carolyn Mae Kim

Ph.D., APR, Assistant professor at Biola University

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Robert Moran

Brunswick Insight

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Dr. Julie O’Neil

Professor and director of the Schieffer School graduate program

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Doug Pinkham

President of the Public Affairs Council

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Lisa Ross

President of Edelman, Washington D.C. Office

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Linda Rutherford

SVP and Chief Communications Officer at Southwest Airlines

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Elizabeth L. Toth

Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication of the University of Maryland, College Park

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Tia C. M. Tyree

Professor at Howard University

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Mark Weiner

CEO and Senior Consultant at PRIME Research

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Dana W. White

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

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Matt McKenna

Co-Founder & Managing Parter, Greenbrier

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Individual Registration

  • The Conference includes keynote sessions, research paper programs and panels, networking coffees and a social.


640 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001