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PHILLY FUN: Five things to know before you attend the leadership conference

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By Bill Church


Run the Rocky steps.

Hang out with Phillies fans.

Become a better leader (even if you’re a great one).

Need more reasons to join us for the third ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-14 in downtown Philadelphia?

Here are five things to know about the conference:

1: You won’t need a rental car: Uber your way downtown. Or, for $8 cash, catch SEPTA Regional Rail from Philadelphia International Airport to Jefferson Station, which is connected to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  The hotel has a modern fitness center and expansive lounge. General conference sessions will be held in a spacious ballroom in the hotel’s historic “tower” building.

2: Philly is a cool place. The conference starts with a reception on Sunday, but give yourself the weekend to explore the city. The hotel is located near Reading Terminal Market and within walking distance of trendy restaurants and historic landmarks.

3: The conference schedule is loaded. Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will kick off three days of inspiring programs. You’ll hear from nationally known experts about leadership, audience and “journalism with a big J.” You’ll want to stay through Wednesday, Sept. 14, as we discuss First Amendment challenges and be inspired by Pulitzer-winning journalists.

4: You’ll reconnect with friends … and make new ones. The opening reception Sunday, Sept. 11, is at the National Constitution Center. You’ll be inspired. You’ll also have a chance to connect with colleagues at receptions, lunches and our annual auction. And did we mention the Phillies? Group tickets are available for the Tuesday, Sept. 13, game between the Phillies and rival Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

5: There is no reason to wait. Sign up early and reserve your hotel room. Go to or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Bill Church is executive editor of the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune. He can be reached at

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