Be sure to join us on Monday, May 7 and attend one of our many Preconference Workshops! All meetings will take place at the host hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans, unless specifically noted.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Corporate Meeting of the Members, Armstrong Ballroom (Eighth Floor)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Remarks by PBS Board Chair Don Baer and PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.

General Managers’ Planning Meeting, Armstrong Ballroom (Eighth Floor)

9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Registration fee: $180

Please join your public television CEO colleagues for the 2018 PBS General Managers’ Planning Meeting.  The meeting, which will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans, will focus on leadership – at your stations, in your communities, and across the system.  Our keynote speaker is journalist and author Charles Duhigg (Smarter Faster Better; The Power of Habit).

Beyond the Airwaves: Volunteers in Public Media, Maurepas (Third Floor)

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration fee: Complimentary but advance registration required

Volunteers provide a unique opportunity for public television stations to expand the reach of their mission to directly impact more community members. This session will provide training and peer-to-peer sharing about best practices for a successful volunteer program at your station.

Brand Masters, Borgne (Third Floor)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration fee: Complimentary but advance registration required

2018 Brand Masters will provide attendees with real-world, actionable information on how to more effectively reach, engage with and motivate existing and new audiences to watch, advocate and support their station.  

Positioning Your Station as a Local Early Learning Resource (at WYES)

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Registration fee: Complimentary but advance registration required

For decades, the preponderance of research has shown that quality pre-K and early education can have meaningful impact on children’s lives, including improved academic performance, increased school attendance, and positive health outcomes. The benefits of preschool are particularly strong for children in low income homes. However, the majority of young children are not enrolled in any formal preschool program.

Public media can be a significant participant in helping to address this gap in early learning among all children, and especially among those most in need.  With our depth of curriculum-based, research-driven content, valuable local connections to educators and educationally focused organizations, and our commitment to universal access to educational media, we can make a meaningful difference for America’s children.

Join us at member station WYES for a half-day session where we’ll explore some of the current issues in early childhood education; learn from stations piloting and testing local approaches; engage in small group discussions on issues facing stations working toward local impact; and uncover ways we can work across the system to elevate our collective results in this critical area.

Lunch and round-trip transportation from the Sheraton New Orleans to WYES will be provided.

Public Television Programmers Association Annual Meeting (PTPA), Rhythms Ballroom II-III (Second Floor)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration fee: Visit for registration details.

The PTPA meeting provides mentoring, networking and information sharing opportunities specifically for programmers. PTPA promotes programmer contributions to public television and recognizes and reward excellence within the profession. PTPA provides a programming perspective to policy makers, national agencies and producers using the resources of our professional community. For more information, please visit
Click here to view PTPA agenda.

YoPro Workshop: New Orleans, Nottoway (Fourth Floor)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Registration fee: Complimentary but advance registration required

Join your PBS peers in this full day professional development workshop focusing on leadership, networking and innovation. YoPro Workshop draws a diverse and inspirational line up of PBS and station leadership to share this career and leadership advice. YoPro Workshop provides an opportunity for younger PBS employees to participate in a day of professional development that focuses on topics specific to their career level. This pre-conference event is geared towards young professionals 35 and under.