PRSA Pittsburgh PR Summit

Creating Your Personal Career Roadmap

PRSA Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its annual PR Summit taking place October 10 – 13, 2022. This year’s theme, “Creating Your Personal Career Roadmap,” will consist of three virtual events, as well as two in-person events taking place at Necromancer Brewery in the North Hills.

The PR industry is ever-evolving, and opportunities abound, however you must know where you are headed in order to ensure you have the right skills and credentials to take you there. The PR Summit is an opportunity to get intentional about your career. Learn from senior leaders in a variety of specialties including executive communications, corporate social responsibility, community and government relations, and DEI; ranging in industries such as health care, banking, retail and non-profit.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Duquesne Light

Necromancer Brewery


West Virginia University

Duquesne University

Tickets Available Now!

RSVP below to the sessions you’re interested in!

Seating is limited for the in-person sessions. Register soon to snag your spot!


Real-life PR Careers: Experts share their journeys
Monday, Oct. 10, noon | Zoom

In this virtual session, we’ll talk with experts in their field about how their careers started and what decisions they made along the way that got them to this point. You’ll hear career advice and lessons learned, interesting stories and we’ll touch on what keeps them up at night—because PR careers are never boring!

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bill Toland, director, executive communications, Allegheny Health Network
  • Ardana ‘AJ’ Jefferson, executive director, Homeless Children’s Education Fund
  • Kristen Pillitteri, senior vice president and director of Corporate Responsibility Communications, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Amie Downs, communications director, Allegheny County
  • Joanna Doven, founder and president, Premo Consultants

Professional Development
Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon | Zoom

What tools and resources are out there to help you increase your skill set and set you up for success in your career journey? Is it an advanced degree? A certification? How about a skills-based course? Learn about your options from experts who’ve been there or are there currently. You’ll leave this virtual session with some ideas on how to build out your career roadmap with specific goals for growth.


  • Michelle Papakie, associate professor of strategic communication and media, Slippery Rock University
  • Robin Rectenwald, M.S., account director, BCW and adjunct professor, Duquesne University
  • Jenna M. Lo Castro, Ph.D., assistant professor and director, School of Communication’s graduate programs at Point Park University

Mid-Week Recap with PRSA Pittsburgh
Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon | Zoom

Chat with PRSA Pittsburgh chapter leaders about what we’ve learned so far during the summit. Bring your questions. This will be an open conversation for all to join!

Building Buzz with Duolingo + Crisis Communications Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
Necromancer Brewing Co. | 2257 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Join a panel session at 7 p.m. with the PR and marketing leaders of Duolingo on the evolution and growth of the iconic Pittsburgh-based brand that is changing how we learn new languages.

Prior to that, to start off the night at 6 p.m., Pittsburgh-based strategic communication and crisis management agency, C4CS®, will host a crisis communications presentation for attendees.

What is PRSA PGH’s PR Summit?

PR Summit is an annual conference, and the largest professional development event, hosted by PRSA Pittsburgh and geared toward professionals and students in the field. It’s an opportunity for individuals to learn more about how trends in the industry are influencing the work and experts in the Pittsburgh area.

Why Should You Attend PR Summit?

As members of PRSA Pittsburgh, we are at the frontlines of guarding against the spread of misinformation. This year’s PR Summit will help to educate and inform from a variety of expert opinions to equip the region’s PR professionals with the tools needed to maintain the integrity of the day-to-day news cycle.

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“It’s incredible to hear stories and insight straight from the source of the local brands you admire. At PR Summit, you don’t just get the ‘who’ and the ‘what.’ You get the ‘why?'”

Ashley JonesContent Manager, Red Havas

“Whether you’re a student or seasoned professional, there’s always something to learn at PR Summit. The sessions are always relevant, engaging, and provide key takeaways to bring back to your teams and workplace.”

Jordan MitrikSenior PR & Content Specialist, Brunner