Conversations With PR Leaders

Students, educators and practitioners can sit in on conversations with a dozen PR leaders thanks to The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.  Besides providing insights about their own careers, the PR veterans offer tips ranging from the best PR books to read to how to manage your career. The interesting format starts with a brief bio of each leader, then poses a series of questions to which the PR leaders respond during interviews that run between 12 and 20 minutes.  I was flattered to be invited to participate in this project.  The Center continually adds other veteran practitioners as they complete their interviews.  

You can view the videos at the Plank Center’s Website.  Currently available videos feature:

  • Ann Barkelew, Founding General Manager & Senior Partner (ret.), Fleishman-Hillard
  • Harold Burson, Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
  • Ofield Dukes, President, Ofield Dukes & Associates
  • John Felton, President & CEO Emeritus, Institute for Public Relations
  • Bill Heyman, Founder, President & CEO, Heyman Associates
  • Jack Koten, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications (ret.), Ameritech
  • Marilyn Laurie, President, Laurie Consulting, formerly head of PR at AT&T
  • John Paluszek, Senior Counsel, Ketchum
  • Betsy Plank
  • John Reed, Chairman, Consultants in Public Relations
  • Elizabeth Toth, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Communications, University of Maryland

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