Milestones in Mentoring Awards

Relive the Magic of the “Milestones in Mentoring” Gala!

The Milestones in Mentoring Awards, established in 2010, seek to honor those who lead by example, modeling the way through two-way communication and exemplary behaviors.

The following mentors were honored at the Milestones in Mentoring Banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 10:

  • Legacy: Ginger Hardage, senior vice president emeritus, culture & communications, Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Executive: Dr. Stuart R. Bell, president, The University of Alabama
  • Corporate: Joe Evangelisti, chief communications officer, worldwide corporate communications & media relations, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Agency: Aedhmar Hynes, chief executive officer, Text100 Global Communications
  • Educator: Dr. Linda Hon, professor, The University of Florida
  • Young Professional: Jesse Salazar, vice president, content design, Council on Foundations

In addition to honoring six dynamic leaders, the Center awarded its first-ever Betsy Plank Mentorship Award. The award is a special recognition for lifetime efforts in mentoring and leading. Honoring those who have shaped the future, the award recognizes the dedication and impact of individuals who have fostered relationships with their organization, community and profession.

  • Betsy Plank Mentorship AwardRalph Campagna, executive director, Off the Street Club in Chicago

About the Awards

The Awards are presented at a dinner held each fall in Chicago. Honorees are selected in six categories by their peers, the Honoring Milestones in Mentoring Host Committee or The Plank Center Advisory Board:

  • Legacy: recognizes those who have touched the lives of countless public relations professionals over the course of their exceptional careers.
  • Agency: recognizes those who have been outstanding mentors in an agency.
  • Young Professional: honors young professionals who are up-and-coming leaders who are already paying it forward.
  • Educator: goes to educators who have been instrumental in mentoring students and future educators. This award is named in honor of Dr. Bruce K. Berger, an exceptional public relations leader and educator.
  • Corporate: recognizes corporate communication professionals for mentorship. This award is named in honor of John “Jack” Koten, an influential corporate public relations leader.
  • Executive: honors executives who exemplify the concept of mentorship.

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