Challenge for Emerging Leaders


Professionals in the public relations field have access to many development programs, but such opportunities are limited for students and young professionals. In an effort to advance leadership at all levels, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations created the Challenge for Emerging Leaders, an intensive, two-day leadership workshop for engaged, high-achieving and diverse university seniors majoring in public relations.

The unprecedented and inaugural Challenge for Emerging Leaders was held at The University of Alabama on February 9 – 11, 2017. Eighteen students from five universities participated and categorized the Challenge as a “life-changing.”

The second Challenge for Emerging Leaders was held at DePaul University on November 9-11, 2017. Twenty students from five universities participated including Ball State University, DePaul University, Grand Valley State University, Loyola University at Chicago, and Marquette University.

The third Challenge for Emerging Leaders was held at Syracuse University’s Lubin House in New York City from November 8-10, 2018. Nineteen students from five universities participated including Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, Rowan University, Seton Hall University and Syracuse University.

The fourth Challenge for Emerging Leaders will be held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from November 14-16, 2019.

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The Plank Center is committed to helping you expand your skills and advance the practice of public relations.