Interviews with Plank Mentors

The Plank Center is committed to developing the next generation of leaders and advancing the profession. Each year, a new class of PR leaders and mentors¬†are honored at The Plank Center’s Milestones in Mentoring Gala.¬†It is our honor to recognize leaders whose commitment to mentoring generates a powerhouse of influence and accelerates success in our profession.

More than 35 honorees, designated as Plank Mentors, have shared their advice and counsel on mentoring and leading throughout one’s career.


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 Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.