My First PRSA Event – PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2016 Renaissance Awards

By Valerie Bennett

Once a year, the professionals of our industry gather to celebrate the accomplishments of fellow agencies and their peers. This gathering is known as the PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2016 Renaissance Awards and took place last Thursday at Hotel Monaco.

The Renaissance Awards are much more than an awards banquet; it is a time when the busy professional communicators of Pittsburgh can come together and catch up with old friends, co-workers, and meet the rising new talent.

As being a part of the “new to” crowd for PRSA and Pittsburgh, this event was a great experience and an even greater networking opportunity. Professionals from all corners of Pittsburgh including agencies, colleges, and corporations were in attendance. From this networking, I was able to hear stories of the past and how the industry we love so much has grown.

The entire night was beneficial but what I appreciated the most was being able to see some of the best campaigns created within this city along with the passion, determination, and endless work that went into each piece, making them truly memorable.

I am grateful I was given the opportunity to attend this event as well as hold a membership with an organization that continues to surprise me. One which worked so hard to make this event special to each individual who was present. I couldn’t have asked for a better first event to attend, and I am already looking forward to the next.

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