Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society (PBPRS) member Deirdre Childress Hopkins is the Strategic Communications Manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
Since 2012, Deirdre has led the convention center's media and public relations efforts, in addition to coordinating communications efforts with stakeholders including the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, local government entities and beyond. Her role also entails handling communication with hospitality, tourism and community organizations. The footprint of her work is evident in high-profile events hosted at the convention center that utilized her public relations expertise including the 2015 Pope Visit and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Prior to entering public relations, Deirdre worked as an award-winning journalist and editor for numerous publications. She is a former Secretary and Vice President-Print of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Deirdre also served as NABJ's programming chair for their 2014 & 2015 conventions in Boston and Minneapolis.