July is the month that the judges of IPRA’s Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA) convene in a central location to determine that year’s winners. So, too, this year, when we came together in Belgrade, Serbia and reviewed, discussed and, eventually, judged the finalists in each category. Discretion stops me from enthusing about specific winners. On 13 October, all winners will be announced and celebrated at the annual IPRA GWA Gala. This will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. A compelling city to visit, I can say from personal experience, and even more so now that you can join us there for a great and inspiring evening. All information about booking your Gala tickets will be posted shortly at www.ipra.org
Something for everybody
This year IPRA will introduce for the first time
It is customary for IPRA to hold a Board meeting coinciding with the GWA judging. In Belgrade, we were kindly hosted by the Blumen Group. These Board meetings are good occasions to go over the various topics IPRA works on at any time. One of these is the representational relevance of IPRA in the global world of communication professionals. In previous messages, I have mentioned IPRA’s representation at the United Nations where we support the Sustainable Development Goals. In another area, IPRA is widening its bi-lateral agreements with international, regional and national associations. Our aim is to increase awareness about IPRA, improve our marketing for the GWA, and in some cases offer training opportunities for IPRA members. So far agreements with training opportunities have been concluded with CIPR, The Irish
IPRA has also enhanced its online services for members. Our website now allows for easier sign-ups, as well as an auto-download for a Certificate of Membership and the IPRA logo for business cards. I suggest you take a look and see how you can benefit from this.
Bart de Vries
President 2016 – 2017Share on Twitter Share on Facebook