MED PR offers a tremendous return on investment, especially for a PR professional from the West Coast. At my first MED PR, TV-network contacts I’d worked with for years (but never met) hugged me like a long-lost relative. Later, a single pitch to NBC’s medical-unit producer resulted in coverage of my story on the network’s morning show, digital platform and regional feed. After my second conference, U.S. News & World Report’s deputy editor asked me to submit story ideas for the magazine’s Best Hospitals edition. Science writers respond more frequently to my emails, even if it’s simply to pass on a pitch or explore a different angle. It’s impossible to underestimate the value of pitching reporters face to face. And the opportunity to network with new colleagues at other academic medical institutions is phenomenal.

Elaine Schmidt

Senior Media Relations Officer

“As Director of Media Relations at the MIT Sloan School of Management I have been attending the BAM conferences since they began.  It is the only conference I attend annually because where else can you meet twenty or so reporters all in in one place in a day and a half? I recommend the conference highly to PR professionals at any business school.”

Paul Denning

Director of Media Relations

MIT Sloan School of Management


"Thanks again for organizing this terrific conference. I liked all the panels and it’s always great to hear from reporters and other media professionals. I’m looking forward to next year!"

Melinda Battenberg

Public Information Officer

UC San Diego

Rady School of Management


"As always, BAM was a highlight of my Fall. As for the questions, I really liked the non-traditional outlets. In this case, Vice, Innovation Nation, Quartz, Wired Social Media—getting to know about new audiences and new roles is extremely valuable."

Ryan Underwood

Editor, Vanderbilt Magazine

"We had a great time at BAM! I felt lucky to have gotten the chance to go this year. The venue was wonderful, the panels were great, and I really enjoyed getting to know colleagues from other schools. It's fun to hear how other people work."

Laura Counts

Associate Director

Faculty Research Promotion

Haas School of Business

University of California, Berkeley


"I can honestly say, each year the BAM conference gets better and better. Thanks again for all you do!"

J. Michael Moore

Sr. Manager of Communications

Goizueta Business School

Emory University

“I’ve visited lots of business school conferences over the years, but BAM stands out as the best for media professionals. In addition to the valuable face-time with reporters and editors, the insights from my fellow university communicators is invaluable.”

David Wenger

Director of Communications

McCombs School of Business

University of Texas at Austin


“HIGH TECH is always a great professional experience, and this year was no exception. Rob and his team assembled a fantastic cohort of journalists and experts, especially during this year’s SEO session. Even though the journalists and I are from different coasts, I still found the potential for future placement opportunities. This is marked my fourth year at High Tech, and it was also a pleasure to catch up with colleagues who attended past conferences. The format is tight but productive, and the networking is a highlight.”

Paul Kovach

Director of Marketing and Communications

Swanson School of Engineering

University of Pittsburgh

BAM events offer business school communications/PR professionals an incredible opportunity to network and launch relationships with top members of the media who cover the b-school industry – as well as the chance to meet and mingle with their PR peers from around the world.  It’s one-stop-shopping with a very high return on investment.  Recommended!

Richard Kurovsky

Former Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Haas School of Business

University of California Berkeley

The format of MED-PR was excellent – hearing from reporters about what they want, then opening up for questions from the group, and then having one-on-one time to pitch/talk with – EXTREMELY valuable. I could see someone from our office attending this conference every year.  MED-PR is the best conference I’ve seen for media relations in academic medicine.


Jill Scoggins

Associate Director of Communications

University of Louisville Health Sciences Center