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PMBA 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


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The 2015 PMBA Annual Conference will take place in Washington, DC, May 26 - 29. We invite you to join an elite group of public media professionals, including general managers, CFOs, financial and business executives, HR professionals and a broad array of supporting organizations at this outstanding educational and networking event.  The theme of the 2015 PMBA Annual Conference is “Managing Dynamic Change,” and we will focus on strategies to adapt and thrive in the changing media landscape on both the station level and as a system.
The 2015 PMBA Annual Conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the Washington Marriott Georgetown is in Washington, DC's West End, so you can discover Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and other famous neighborhoods with ease.  You will be near the Foggy Bottom and the Dupont Circle Metro stations for easy access to the city's landmarks, museums, and more.
View the 2015 Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance

Educational Programming: Strategy, Compliance, Critical Skills

Educational sessions at the 2015 Annual Conference will address the key areas of strategy & sustainability, compliance & organizational responsibility, and critical skills. Sessions will be led by industry experts, experienced station managers, and representatives of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Click here for a complete schedule of speakers. 

2015 Keynoter: Tim Griggs, Publisher, COO, Texas Tribune

Tim Griggs, Publisher and COO of the Texas Tribune, will deliver the 2015 Keynote. As we explore how public media can be “Managing Dynamic Change” throughout the 2015 PMBA Annual Conference, Griggs will discuss during his keynote how the Texas Tribune is creating innovative ways to deliver news, create partnerships, provide data, and produce events to engage a growing audience. Click here to find out more about Tim Griggs’s keynote.

Fun Evening Events: Monuments Cruise and PMBA Reception at NPR

Take advantage of all Washington DC has to offer by participating in evening activities with fellow conference attendees. PMBA is organizing a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac on Wednesday, May 27 - What a great way to see the monuments spectacularly illuminated at night! Then, on Thursday, May 28, you are invited to the NPR headquarters where you can enjoy a cocktail reception, take tours of the building, and mingle with some of NPR personalities. For more information about these events, or to register, click here.

Great Location: Washington DC

The 2015 PMBA Annual Conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown. The Marriott provides an outstanding facility for our conference and location for you to see all Washington, DC has to offer. PMBA has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at the discounted rate of $189 per night for a single room or $199 for a double room, plus tax. Rooms can be reserved at the PMBA rate on the following website: Rates and rooms are subject to availability. The room block is available until Friday, May 1, 2014.

Earn CPE Credit

Attendees have the opportunity to select from 47.5 available CPE credit hours (11.5 at Pre-Conference Workshops at 36 Concurrent Sessions) to earn up to a maximum 23.5 CPE credit hours (11.5 at Pre-Conference Workshops and 12 at Concurrent Sessions) during the 2015 PMBA Annual Conference. 

Apply for the 2015 Sid Brown Scholarship

PMBA is accepting applications for the Sid Brown Scholarship. Since 1996, PMBA has offered the Sid Brown Scholarship, awarding the winner each year travel expenses (hotel and airfare not to exceed $1,000) to the Annual Conference as well as a complimentary registration. The scholarship honors the late Sid Brown, NPR's Vice President for Finance and Administration, who died in 1994. For information on how to apply, click here.

Partnership Opportunities

PMBA invites your organization to join us in Washington D.C. for the PMBA Annual Conference. For information on our conference underwriting opportunities, see our 2015 Sponsorship Prospectus or contact PMBA Senior Director, Fundraising Deborah Sas at  

PMBA thanks its conference sponsors! 

CPBPBSCDPAllegianceGrant Center for Public MediaGreater PublicNPRCapital Public RadioWBURKPBSWXPNGray Miller Persh, LLP; WHRO

PMBA Annual Conference Photography Policy:

By attending the PMBA Annual Conference, you acknowledge that photos and/or videos may be taken of you by our conference staff and/or photographers at any time. Furthermore, you grant the Public Media Business Association (PMBA) permission to use photographs and/or video of your likeness in any type of media, including website and print publications, without compensation or reward.