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2018 NCPRSA InSpire Awards Gala Celebration

May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join NCPRSA as we shine a light on the winning PR campaigns and tactics that inspire us to do our best!

Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be an InSpire Award Winner, or NCPRSA Member, to attend the celebration.

Enjoy an elegant evening surrounded by an unbeatable view of Raleigh’s sparkling skyline at the City Club of Raleigh as we honor our peers, celebrate with fellow professionals, and experience the best of what NCPRSA has to offer:

  • Networking and Tradition. Mingle with NCPRSA friends and colleagues at the Past Presidents cocktail reception.
  • Professional Development: Our Keynote Speaker, Joel Curran, Vice Chancellor for University Communications, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver an entertaining and inspirational message highlighting his approach to leadership and his vision for the communications professional as an advocate for your organization’s values.
  • Recognition: Awards winners will be presented with the iconic InSpire awards and applauded by their peers.

Register today – space is limited


2018 NCPRSA InSpire Awards Gala Keynote Speaker

Joel Curran is the vice chancellor for university communications. As a UNC alumnus and North Carolina native, Curran is a veteran of the public relations industry in a career that has included leading key offices for prestigious agencies and corporate communications offices for The Walt Disney Co.

He was previously the managing director of the flagship New York office for MSLGROUP, the world’s fourth largest public relations and engagement agency and the strategic communications group for the Paris-based Publicis Groupe. In that role, he is responsible for nearly 200 employees. Previously, he ran MSLGROUP’s Midwest operations.

Curran also worked at public relations agencies in Los Angeles, Chicago and Charlotte and spent more than a decade with The Walt Disney Co., rising to director of synergy for the company’s network television and professional sports franchises. He was the Chicago Public Relations Society of America chapter’s “Public Relations Professional of the Year” in 2010, and was an adjunct instructor in public relations and marketing at the University of Chicago’s Graham School.

Curran earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.


2018 NCPRSA InSpire Awards Gala Details


Thursday, May 17, 2018

5:30-8:30 p.m.


The City Club of Raleigh

Wells Fargo Capitol Center

150 Fayetteville St #2800

Raleigh, NC 27601

Event Program:

5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration Check-In and Past-Presidents Reception

6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Speaker Joel Curran, Vice Chancellor for University Communications, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7:30-8:30 p.m. Awards Program


  • Individual: $75 (PRSA member); $95 (non-member)
  • Table of 8: $450 (member); $570 (non-member)
  • Student: $50 (PRSSA member); $70 (non-PRSSA member)


CLICK HERE to register and purchase tickets/tables online.


If you would like to be an event sponsor, please contact Awards Co-Chair Travis Bullard:


May 17
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


City Club of Raleigh
150 Fayetteville St #2800
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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NCPRSA Refund Policy

For NCPRSA events (professional development, networking, skills, etc.), no refunds will be issued if the event is postponed by the Chapter due to an act of nature (snow, hurricane, etc.). If the Chapter cancels the event, refunds in full will be made as soon as feasible. If for some reason you are unable to attend an event for which you registered and paid, no refund will be issued, so we encourage you to transfer your registration to another professional.