The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Artificial Intelligence on Public Relations: Luncheon Panel

About Program

Online pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be welcome. Please email to reserve your seat.

What is artificial intelligence? And what kind of impact has AI already made, or will make on the public relations industry? AI industry leaders talk about the good, the bad and the possible ugly of artificial intelligence on public relations.

Will AI spawn the end of the public relations? Is AI the PR practitioner’s existential crisis? Will computers capable of intelligent behavior become an asset or a liability to public relations practitioners?

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CST at Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn (Private banquet entrance at 50 W. Randolph St.)


  • Andrew Cross, SVP Public Relations, Walker Sands Communications

    As SVP Public Relations and a Partner at Walker Sands, Cross oversees the firm’s Chicago PR department. His experience is in developing strategic programs that sit at the intersection of media relations, content development and digital marketing. He works with technology companies to establish credibility, acquire customers and gain market share. Under Cross' leadership, Walker Sands has also been named a top 5 technology agency and the No. 1 agency to work for in America by the Holmes Report.

  • Natasha Kennedy, Global Managing Director, TRUE Global IntelligenceTM, FleishmanHillard
    Natasha Kennedy is the global managing director of FleishmanHillard’s TRUE Global Intelligence™ practice group. She is a growth strategy executive with over 20 years of B2B and B2C experience. Her business intelligence expertise includes employee acquisition and development; go to market strategy, learning and development, technology strategy and deployment, brand positioning, communications, business development and marketing.

  • Andrea Rosi, Director of Product Marketing, Cision
    Andrea Rosi is the Director of Product Marketing for the Cision Communications Cloud®. She comes from a background in the Martech space, with 7+ years spent focused on marketing automation, content marketing, and personalization software. At Cision, she leads a team in the creation of product messaging and Go-To-Market activities to drive engagement with existing and future customers.

  • Marc Zionts, Chief Executive Officer, Automated Insights
    Marc Zionts is a technology executive and entrepreneur who’s been successfully leading companies since 1987. He currently serves as the CEO of Automated Insights, a Vista Equity Partners owned company. Zionts is also an Independent Board Director for Pivot 3, TEOCO, and Friends of the Earth, an environmental group based in Washington, D.C. Zionts earned a BS in industrial design and MS in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Suburban Chicago chapter members: You are eligible to register at the Chicago chapter member rate. Send and email to to request the member discount code.

Dietary restrictions? Email by Friday, Feb. 15.

Questions? Email Sarah Hanel, APR, and Kayee Ip, 2019 Programming co-chairs at

Program Details


$45.00 Chicago Chapter Member
$50.00 after 12:00 am February 17
$40.00 Earlybird rate before January 27

$55.00 Non-member
$60.00 after 12:00 am February 17

All ticket sales are final. Substitutions may be made at any time.

February 19, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

150 N. Dearborn (Banquet entrance at 50 W. Randolph St.)
Chicago, IL 60601
Venue website