Hear What it Takes to be a Great Mentor

Even if you don’t have a ticket to the Plank Center’s sold out “Milestones in Mentoring” awards gala this Thursday evening, you can get a free front row seat thanks to live streaming of the program honoring six great mentors. This year’s top mentors are: Legacy: Patrick Ford, worldwide vice chair, chief client officer, chairman, Burson-Marsteller Executive: Aylwin Lewis,…… Continue reading Hear What it Takes to be a Great Mentor

Handicapping the PR Career Track

With so many secular changes in the PR and marketing field, mentoring has become more valuable than ever. This goes both for recent graduates about to enter the PR field and seasoned managers who, let’s face it, can learn a thing a two from younger people conditioned on social channels and digital media. There are…… Continue reading Handicapping the PR Career Track

Tribute to a Great Mentor, Don Kirchoffner

Don Kirchoffner (posthumously) is this year’s recipient of the Plank Center’s “Milestones in Mentoring” Legacy Award. This award recognizes those who have touched the lives of countless public relations professionals over the course of their exceptional career. Following a career as a public affairs leader for the U.S. Army, Don’s corporate career included the top…… Continue reading Tribute to a Great Mentor, Don Kirchoffner

Mentor Motto: Pay It Forward

  This is the second in a series of articles about this year’s “Milestones in Mentoring” Honorees. John Deveney, founder of New Orleans-based Deveney Communication, says, “being mentored changed my life and I’ve always sought to pay it forward.” After receiving a Mayoral Fellowship in the Public Information Department for the City of New Orleans, John…… Continue reading Mentor Motto: Pay It Forward

Mentors Thrive on Mentees Willing to Learn, Grow

  First in a series of articles about “Milestones in Mentoring” Award winners Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather, has always focused on developing people she works with. As she says, “A company will only be as successful as the people who work for it.” When asked about her own mentor, says it…… Continue reading Mentors Thrive on Mentees Willing to Learn, Grow

5 Important Tips for Educator Mentors

  I didn’t realize when I began teaching (as opposed to practicing) public relations that being a professor pretty much would guarantee that I would be a mentor. All of us who teach public relations have the opportunity to connect with, mentor and begin a lifelong mentoring network with our students. Students often don’t know…… Continue reading 5 Important Tips for Educator Mentors

You Don’t Have To Own a Roldex To Mentor

  When I was in college, I had the perception that to be a mentor, a certain archetype was followed. They have decades of experience in the profession. They have a Rolodex (or iPhone address book) that covers the globe and includes industry leaders. They lead industry associations on top of leading departments and agencies.…… Continue reading You Don’t Have To Own a Roldex To Mentor

Missing Betsy Plank

Serving as the PRSSA 2013-2014 National President, I had the privilege of attending last week’s Plank Center advisory board meeting in Chicago. Members of the board are true titans of the public relations industry, so I’ll admit that I felt a bit out of place. Nevertheless, I quickly became comfortable. The reason for my comfort…… Continue reading Missing Betsy Plank

The Power of Encouragement

  In this season of graduations, it’s interesting to note that graduation speeches can be inspiring, deadly dull, or even insulting. Advice to grads often includes admonitions to “suck it up,” “pay your dues,” or “it’s not just about you.” A recent college reunion reminded me how important even random words of encouragement can be…… Continue reading The Power of Encouragement

Male or Female, It’s Important to Lean In

I had read all the mixed reviews of her book, Lean In, so I didn’t quite know what to expect when I met Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg before her speech to the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon yesterday.  Besides being dynamic, successful and personable, she’s also a great storyteller. The stories she tells support the goal…… Continue reading Male or Female, It’s Important to Lean In