Role Model Mentors Honored By Their Mentees


The importance and rewards of mentorship were underscored last night at the sold-out annual dinner of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations in Chicago.

Six great mentors in the field of communications received Milestones in Mentoring Awards, which recognizes those who lead by example in helping others succeed. Honorees were introduced by individuals who they personally mentored over the years. The introductions were personal and powerful, demonstrating the impact mentors have on those who they help. Congratulations to the following leaders honored last night (in order of photos above): 

Legacy: Don Kirchoffner, Senior Communications Consultant (posthumously)

     -Presented by Keith Burton, Partner, Brunswick Group

Executive: Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather

     -Presented by Jack Rooney, Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather

Corporate: Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill

     -Presented by David Beigie, Vice President, Public Affairs, State Farm

Agency: John Deveney, President, Deveney Communication

     -Presented by Christine Albert, AVP, Marketing & Development, Infirmary

Bruce K. Berger Educator: Dr. Judy VanSlyke Turk, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

     -Presented by Bruce Harrison, Chairman, EnviroComm International

Young Professional: Nick Lucido, Senior Account Executive, Edelman Digital

     -Presented by Rachel Sprung, Product Marketing Associate, HubSpot

Videos of the awards program and the Plank Center’s Global Leadership Summit at DePaul University, held yesterday afternoon, will be available next week on the Plank Center’s website.

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