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September 2021

Published on 9/8/2021

Happy September! It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. I, for one, can’t wait to dress in long sleeves and cozy sweatpants again!

I would be remiss if I didn’t continue to hammer home the fact that the 2021 Pepperpot Awards will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. The Pepperpot Awards have become a long-standing tradition for Philadelphia-area PR professionals to join in recognizing the top PR campaigns, tactics, and professionals. The call for entries is open! Submit your entries by September 13 to take advantage of early bird pricing. Keep in mind, the final deadline for entries is October 8. I encourage you to start thinking about all the great work you did this past year and submit today! Don't forget to mark your calendars to join the celebration on December 1 at The Lucy. I can’t wait to see everyone again.

You asked, we listened! A few months ago you completed a survey about the type of programming you’d like to see from PRSA Philadelphia. Many of you said you wanted more programs tied to social media. Well, you’re in luck! On September 20, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., PRSA will offer #Trending: A Social Media Deep Dive. During this virtual panel discussion we'll highlight key social media trends, explore how social media platforms are changing, and touch on how communicators can leverage these platforms to engage with key stakeholders. Moderated by our own Communications Co-Chair, Taylor Feldschneider, the event will feature Philadelphia-area social media leaders and influencers. See below for registration details. 

Beginning in October, we're hosting the PRSA Philadelphia APR Excellence Program, a four-week Accredited in Public Relations (APR) preparation program available exclusively to PRSA Philadelphia members. Check out the details below. 

Hope to see you all soon!

Michele Besso
President, PRSA Philadelphia

Get your submissions in by September 13 to take advantage of early bird pricing. The cost to submit will increase on September 14. All entries must be received by October 8.

Check out the Call for Entries for details about categories for Campaign and Tactic submissions. You will also find extensive detail for the Individual Achievement Awards. The Individual Achievement Awards are a great opportunity to recognize a colleague who has gone above and beyond – as a student leader, a writer, a person invested in not-for-profits. 

Click here to learn more about the Pepperpots and how to submit. 

#Trending: A Social Media Deep Dive with PRSA Philadelphia
September 20 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM via Zoom
PRSA Members: $5 | Future Members: $10 | Students: Free

Join us for a virtual panel discussion with several Philadelphia-area social media leaders and influencers. We'll chat about key social media trends, how major social media platforms are changing, and how advertising and PR professionals can use them to engage with key stakeholders. Panelists include:
  • Andrew Athias, Social Media Manager and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Silvi Group Companies, and Social Media Influencer
  • Nader Ali-Hassan, Executive Director, Brand Partnerships and Activation, Comcast Xfinity
  • Natasha Benjamin, Social Media Director, Brownstein Group
Click here to learn more about the panelists and register for the event. Have a question for the panelists? Submit it to
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM via Zoom
October 14 - November 4, 2021 | FREE For PRSA Members



The Philadelphia Chapter of PRSA is pleased to announce the PRSA Philadelphia APR Excellence Program, an online, four-week Accredited in Public Relations (APR) preparation program. Participants who complete the PRSA Philadelphia APR Excellence Program will be well-positioned to formally apply to go through the APR process and successfully earn the credential.

The PRSA Philadelphia APR Excellence Program is available to PRSA Philadelphia members FREE of charge as a membership benefit.
  • Session 1, Thursday, October 14: Introduction/Overview of the APR Process and the KSAs and Research. Planning, Implementation, Evaluation
  • Session 2, Thursday, October 21: Ethics and Law & Managing Issues / Crisis Communication
  • Session 3, Thursday, October 28: Leading the Public Relations Function & Managing Relationships
  • Session 4, Thursday, November 4: Preparing for the Readiness Review and Computer-based Exam

Please direct any questions to Jacob Farbman, Ed.D., APR, the APR Chair for PRSA Philadelphia, via

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