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

The 2017 Public Relations Division pre-conference was held on Tuesday, August 8, from 1-5 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The PRD worked with the Mass Communication & Society Division to host the pre-conference, and the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication sponsored the event.

2016 Pre-Conference on Leadership Across the Spectrum
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.