“Milestones in Mentoring” Gala

Deemed the “best night in public relations,” the “Milestones in Mentoring” Gala honors those who lead by example, modeling the way through two-way communication and exemplary behaviors.

Host an Educator

An important initiative in furthering our mission of helping bridge the gap between the practice and education is our Fellowship for Educators program that brings practitioners and educators together for two weeks each summer.


Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic. One goal of the Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership in PR.

Interviews with Industry Leaders

To date, 28 video interviews with distinguished PR leaders have been conducted for their views on leadership qualities, practices and experiences. We hope you find inspiration from the legends such as Betsy Plank, Harold Burson, Ofield Dukes and many more. Their paths to success remind us to keep learning, dreaming and, of course, leading.

Legacies from Legends in PR

PR Legends were asked to write personal messages to young professionals. Their comments capture observations from experience and useful directions for future practice. The legends continue to inform and inspire those who will shape the next generation of public relations.

PRofiles of Success: Stories of Emerging Leaders in Public Relations

PRofiles of Success: Stories of Emerging Leaders in Public Relations is an online book profiling 20 emerging leaders in public relations.

Platform Magazine

Platform Magazine, an online magazine produced by and for students and educators, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information that encourages the ethical practice and enhancement of leadership in the field of public relations.

Resources of Interest

The Plank Center is committed to helping you expand your skills and advance the practice of public relations.