IPR ELEVATE is a diverse and select membership community of upper mid-level to senior-level professionals who are catalysts for growth, change, and advancement. These high-performing innovators support the mission and insights-focused work of IPR.

IPR ELEVATE offers engagement opportunities to ambitious communication leaders who are passionate about the research-focused mission of IPR and have a desire to contribute to the industry. This membership community comprises leaders who are high achievers with an entrepreneurial spirit in a wide range of industries and organizations (i.e., corporate, agency, nonprofit, academic, etc.).

Why Join?

  • Be at the forefront of the latest industry research and insights from IPR ELEVATE peers and IPR Trustees
  • Participate in skill-building and knowledge-building opportunities
  • Engage in professional development and networking opportunities
  • Prepare for future leadership and service opportunities
  • Help promote the mission of IPR

Benefits of Joining:

  • Exclusive programs, hot topic discussions, social events, and professional development opportunities within an established cohort
  • Ability to serve on an IPR Commission or Center of Excellence or designated committee
  • Opportunity to participate in IPR+ONE, regional events, and other Trustee and ELEVATE programs
  • Platform to share ideas and discuss issues with peers in the industry
  • Attend and participate in the Ascend with ELEVATE annual retreat

What makes IPR ELEVATE different?
As a member of IPR ELEVATE, you will enjoy:

  • Early access to the latest industry research and insights
  • Meaningful connections with peers in various sectors of the industry 
  • Opportunities to inform and participate in research studies
  • Opportunities to contribute thought-leadership in areas of interest
  • Annual one-day, members only conference (Ascend with ELEVATE)

Ascend with ELEVATE

Ascend with ELEVATE, is the ultimate one-day conference designed exclusively for our esteemed members. Included in the membership, AWE offers a unique blend of professional development, networking opportunities, and curated presentations and activities led by industry leaders. It is a day filled with insightful sessions followed by a happy hour and networking dinner.



The ideal candidate is a highly ambitious, high-potential individual who is passionate about the IPR mission and wants to contribute and improve the industry.

Guidelines for Membership:

  • 10 or more years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing, or similar fields
  • Demonstration of strong ethical character
  • Evidence of leadership in area of expertise (i.e. white papers, blogs, speaking engagements) or service within professional organizations and associations
  • A commitment to serve on an IPR committee, commission, or center of excellence
  • Willingness to engage with the IPR community to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange

Candidates will submit an application along with their professional details and biography. Candidates may be formally recommended by members of the IPR community, but it is not a requirement. Those individuals who support an ELEVATE candidate will receive an email with a short recommendation form once the application is submitted.

2024 Application Deadlines:

June 7, 2024
August 16, 2024
October 4, 2024
December 6, 2024

If you have any questions, please email IPR Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Anetra Henry, at anetra@instituteforpr.org.


Length: Two-year, renewable terms

$3,500 annually

$1,750 annually for nonprofit/government/military members
$850 for full-time academic members