Local Chapter Honors Jon Harris as 2018 ‘Distinguished Senior Leader’

About Reception

December 6, 2018
The Arts Club of Chicago

Jon Harris, Senior Vice President and CCO of Conagra, was honored November 29 as the Distinguished Senior Leader of 2018 by the Chicago Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Approximately 115 senior communications leaders joined Jon’s family and friends at The Arts Club of Chicago to celebrate his many achievements. It was the 15th anniversary of the Distinguished Senior Leader program.

“Jon is distinguished in many ways, so is very deserving of this honor,” said Bridget Coffing, communications consultant and retired CCO of McDonald’s Corporation, who co-chairs the program with Rich Jernstedt of The Jernstedt Company. “As a communications leader, mentor and active volunteer in a variety of causes, his many talents and contributions continue to make a difference in our community.”

Sean Connolly, CEO of Conagra, and Larry Wert, president of Broadcast Media at Tribune Media Company, introduced Jon as a dedicated professional, friend, husband and father. 

Jon’s comments in accepting the honor provided insights in to his leadership philosophy and commitment to the field of communications.  He challenged the audience to use their skills as communicators to encourage understanding, engagement and actions to make the world a better place.

Jon stressed the power of relationships, saying that he “found a career that was and continues to be based in strategy and incredible storytelling that is all brought to life by powerful relationships.” He went on to observe “the importance of building relationships, acting with integrity and treating people with respect is more important today than ever before.”

A contribution to one of Jon’s favorite causes, SocialWorks, was made in his name by the Senior Leaders’ Advisory Committee.

Sponsors of the event included Conagra, Sard Verbinnen & Co., Edelman, Finn Partners, MWWPR and Golin. 

Bill Parke of CME Group and Jay Porter of Revere were introduced as incoming co-chairs of the Senior Leader program.

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