The Renaissance Awards are Pittsburgh’s Golden Globes

Just casually hanging out with our social media coordinator and president at last year’s Renaissance Awards.


The Renaissance Awards are basically the Golden Globes of Pittsburgh-based social gatherings for communicators. Sure, that may be a very narrow category, but we take pride in the distinction nonetheless.

Once a year, the stars of our industry gather to celebrate the accomplishments of our peers. Imagine the PR-equivalent of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Will Smith networking together before the show begins. We eat, drink and generally be pretty merry as we accept our awards and applaud those who beat us. There’s even a lifetime achievement award equivalent (but sadly no Denzel).

Because all Pittsburghers can play three degrees of separation and know the entire city, the ambience is truly special. We gather for drinks before dinner and everyone is mingling and catching up with past coworkers and old friends. The lines between the agencies seem blurred.

As a recent college grad, I attended my first Renaissance Awards in 2013 and instantly fell in love with the event. There are so many things going on, so many people working together to make the evening spectacular. It served as my first taste of being involved with PRSA Pittsburgh and I never looked back.

Every year, I look forward to seeing Pittsburgh’s best — both the campaigns and those who created them. It’s incredibly cool to see my fellow board members win for their work because when you only see them help with PRSA, you forget they actually have a career.

The Renaissance Awards aren’t just for those nominated or those who work for a company nominated. It’s a time for everyone to come together. If your sole goal is networking and meeting people, this event is for you. If you like to have a good time, this event is for you. If you’re looking to make a splash in Pittsburgh, this event is for you. If you’ve watched too much Netflix and need a break, this event is for you.

See? This event is for everyone, so what are you waiting for? RSVP today and attend our best party of the year. If you can’t make it, but want to follow the fun, check out @PRSAPgh on Twitter and #PRSArenaissance for all the winners as they happen.

The Renaissance Awards are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh.


Chelsea N. Cummins is the marketing coordinator at Goldberg, Persky & White and Director of Communications for PRSA Pittsburgh. Her passions in life include Jesus, her nieces, Twitter rants and blogging about all her ill-advised decisions. And obviously the field of public relations. Please be her friend: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

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