The PRD organizes an annual pre-conference that gives AEJMC attendees the opportunity to delve into a different topical issue each year.


The 2016 pre-conference was a series of round table discussions on emerging research in leadership, entitled Leadership Across the Spectrum: Teaching, Research & Service. It was sponsored by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication. Presenters included scholarly and professional leaders Ann Barkelew, founding general manager and senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard Minneapolis; Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society; Tina McCorkindale, CEO of the Institute for Public Relations; and Karla Gower, Director of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.