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Friday, August 28 • 8:00am - 9:45am
Breakfast panel: World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit

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Officials involved in planning and communications related to Pope Francis’ visit will discuss details of his highly anticipated trip to the United States. This practical, nuts-and-bolts panel will cover important aspects such as estimated crowd sizes, media accreditation and access, logistics, security, transportation and the daily papal schedule. The panel will also help to explain the significance of the World Meeting of Families and the planned events.


Speakers
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Donna Farrell

Executive Director, World Meeting of Families--Philadelphia 2015
Farrell is the Executive Director of the global event that will bring Pope Francis and millions of visitors to Philadelphia in September 2015. Farrell first worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the Office for Communications from 1999 until she joined Independence Blue Cross as Manager of External Affairs. At IBC, Farrell served as Director of Communications from 2005-2012 managing public relations and coordinating national and regional... Read More →
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Kenneth Gavin

Director, Office for Communications, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Kenneth A. Gavin serves as the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Press Secretary for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. His responsibilities include immediate oversight for internal and external strategic communications planning, development, and execution as well as media relations support for all Archdiocesan entities and offices in the five-county region. This network includes dozens of administrative offices, 219... Read More →
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Meg Kane

Vice President, Brian Communications
Kane has brought a distinct perspective and terrific media relationships to her role at Brian Communications since 2011. Kane is currently helping to lead strategic communications and planning efforts for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, which will serve as Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. In addition she is providing guidance for Horatio Alger Association’s National Visibility Campaign. She... Read More →
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Helen Osman

Secretary of Communications, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Osman is secretary of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She oversees the offices of Catholic News Service, Creative Services and Marketing, and the grant process of the Catholic Communication Campaign. Currently she is coordinating all media aspects of Pope Francis’ anticipated visit to the United States, from social media to video production to credentialing of approximately 8,000 journalists. She has... Read More →


Friday August 28, 2015 8:00am - 9:45am
Millennium Hall Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor