WASHINGTON, DC — PRovoke19, our eighth Global Public Relations Summit, will take place at the historic Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. And we are once again kicking off registration for the event with a special flash sale offering a 50% discount for early reservations.

For this week — until midnight PT on Monday March 18 — attendees can book their place at the event through our dedicated website for half the normal price: that’s $1222.50 for the entire three-day event, or $572.50 for any single day of the event.

"Our decision to move to Washington DC last year proved to be an inspired one," said Arun Sudhaman, CEO of The Holmes Report. "We were rewarded with record attendance, along with keynote highlights from the likes of P&G's Marc Pritchard, Senator Mark Warner, Sir Martin Sorrell, Richard Edelman and Indian transgender activist Shree Gauri Sawant. So it is with considerable enthusiasm that we are returning to the US capital, at a time when the power of sophisticated public relations has never been more apparent."

Our Independent PR Firm Forum — a half-day event designed to help PR agency principals anticipate the challenges and exploit the opportunities facing their businesses — will take place on Monday October 21.

The PRovoke19 conference itself — the global PR industry’s most informative, insightful and provocative event — will take place on October 22 and 23, culminating in our Global SABRE Awards ceremony on the evening of the 23rd.

In recent years, PRovoke speakers have also included such names as Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron, Verizon Wireless CEO Ronan Dunne, Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Columbia University roboticist Hod Lipson, neuroscientist Tali Sharot, PBS Frontline executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath, noted documentarian Lynn Novick, and a host of noted authors, journalists, marcomms leaders and agency heads. 

This is an event that Weber Shandwick’s global chief executive Andy Polansky says "stands out among industry events given the quality of the speakers, its broad range of topics covered and its international audience," while HP worldwide head of print communications Vanessa Yanez describes it as a "great mix of speakers, highly topical, and the right size to meet up with existing and new industry friends."

Adds Citizen Relations global chairman and CEO Daryl McCullough: "The event stays true to its name: where other events often get mired in hyperbole and industry platitudes, PRovoke’s editors and sponsors bring to stage the hottest issues and trends of the day with the right speakers and guests in the room to deliver invigorating and challenging conversations."

Registration and venue details can be found here. You can find coverage of PRovoke18 here