Interviews with PR Legends & Leaders

To date, more than 25 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.

Ann Barkelew, senior counselor of Fleishman-Hillard Inc.

Dr. Nilanjana Bardhan, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Dr. Bruce Berger, professor emeritus of Advertising & Public Relations the University of Alabama and research director of the Plank Center

Harold Burson, co-founder of Burson-Marsteller

Keith Burton, principal, Grayson Emmett Partners

Ron Culp, independent public relations consultant and the professional director of the public relations and advertising MA program at DePaul University

Ofield Dukes, prominent Washington public relations executive who represented major civil rights figures and entertainers

John “Jack” Felton, public relations executive, playwright, and former President of Vicars Landing

Pat Ford, Worldwide Vice Chair and Chief Client Officer at Burson-Marsteller

Dr. Rochelle Ford, chair and public relations professor at Syracuse University

Mark Harris, vice president of communications for IBM Global Business Services

Bill Heyman, founder, president and CEO of Heyman Associates

Julia Hood, former global brand director and chief content officer, Haymarket US

John Koten, previously the senior vice president of public relations for Ameritech

Marilyn Laurie, co-found of Earth Day and senior executive at AT&T

Rick Looser, president and COO of The Cirlot Agency Inc.

Gary McCormick, director of corporate communications marketing and public relations for Scripps Networks Interactive

John Paluszek, senior counsel at Ketchum

Betsy Plank, first lady of public relations

John Reed, pioneer in the development of international public relations

T.R. Reid, former vice president of global communications for CHC Helicopter

Maria Russell, professor of public relations and the director of New Initiatives in Public Relations Education at Syracuse University

Kevin Saghy, communications manager, Chicago Cubs

Andre Taylor, retired VP of Corporate Communications for Alagasco

Alicia Thompson, general Manager of Edelman (Atlanta)

Dr. Elizabeth Toth, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park

Rick White, AVC for Communications & Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill






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