Unprecedented Access: Corporate Communication Leaders Roundtable

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How many perspectives can you hear on where corporate communications is headed, how Chicago is leading the way, and how you can expand and elevate your network to be a driving force in it all?

Whether you are in-house or work at one of our city’s thriving agencies, PRSA Chicago’s first Corporate Communication Leaders Luncheon Roundtable is your opportunity for face-to-face, no-holds-barred, intimate conversations that will test our leaders’ knowledge and open the channels of dialogue we all crave. Top communication execs from pharma, education, food and beverage, technology and a not-for-profit association will be featured.

How are they managing the convergence of public relations, marketing and advertising? Why are communications more vital than ever? And, what advice might they offer for those new to public relations, in the mid-career or other veterans of the industry?

Part panel discussion, and part round-robin networking with the Corporate Communication Leaders. And, lunch is included.

When: Tuesday, May 21; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn (Private banquet entrance at 50 W. Randolph St.)
A Lettuce Entertain You® establishment, Petterino's serves up delicious eats in a swanky setting. Steps from Michigan Avenue, located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, Petterino's specializes in classic Italian dining. Enjoy deliciously prepared food, seamless service and beautiful old world decor in the restaurant’s private banquet space.


Kimberly Charles, Director of Digital Communications, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Kim Charles is an accomplished public relations professional who has elevated brand awareness for local and national companies across healthcare, telecommunications and education. An early adopter of technology, Kim has traversed the public relations profession – with proven results in digital communications, integrated marketing, internal and external communications, and content creation.

For the past two decades, Kim has been an integral leader in website strategies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she has worked to make information more easily accessible for students, faculty and the public. Currently, as a member of the UIC Public and Government Affairs leadership team, she leads the effort to prioritize content and the development of mission-critical websites, while overseeing information architecture, content management, usability, accessibility – all while maintaining consistent brand identity standards, and measuring analytics.

Kristin Gomez, Director of Marketing and Communications, World Business Chicago
Kristin is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a combination of public, private, and non-profit experience. Skilled in strategic communications and partnerships, publishing, government affairs, and media relations, she supports and executes the strategic priorities of World Business Chicago (WBC) to pursue economic development and advance inclusive job growth throughout the city of Chicago.

Prior to joining WBC, Kristin spent the last six years in the mergers and acquisitions industry creating marketing and communications strategies to drive growth in the private capital sector at both the Association for Corporate Growth and Privcap Media. She led the global marketing and communications efforts for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) where she launched and provided the strategic vision of Middle Market Growth magazine, its news site MMG.org and its successful podcast series.

Dan Hare, Senior Director, Communication and External Relations, Conagra Brands
Dan is a senior director of Communications and External Relations for Conagra Brands. He focuses on enabling strong business results through the development and execution of communication strategies that engage a broad range of stakeholders. He has 20 years of experience in developing and executing communication strategies related to transformative business initiatives, issues and crisis, mergers and acquisitions, media relations, community relations, social media and employee engagement. 

Dan has worked in multiple industries, including consumer packaged goods, aerospace, and technology solutions and services for homes and commercial industries. Dan has served in a variety of roles for Conagra Brands (formerly ConAgra Foods), Honeywell and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Kansas.

Moyra Knight, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Astellas; President, Astellas Global Health Foundation
Moyra Knight is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Astellas in the Americas and President of the Astellas Global Health Foundation. She is responsible for leading strategy and development of communications for the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She is a member of the company's U.S. Management Committee.

Knight oversees a multi-faceted team focused on corporate and employee communications, social and digital media, product and disease awareness initiatives, executive communications, corporate social responsibility, and reputation management to achieve Astellas’ strategic business goals in the Americas.

Michael Shore, Head of Global Communications, Motorola Solutions
Michael Shore is an accomplished communications leader with more than 20 years of experience in financial services, technology and politics. Currently, Michael is the Head of Global Communications for Motorola Solutions where his team are responsible for telling the company’s story to media, employees and investors.

In addition to Motorola Solutions, Michael has held leadership positions at: CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange; William Blair, a global investment bank and asset management firm; Magnetar Capital, an alternative asset management firm; and the U.S. Congress.

Leslie Sutton, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Discover Financial Services
Leslie Sutton is vice president of corporate communications for Discover. She is responsible for developing and executing programs designed to protect, preserve and advance the reputation of the company; drive usage and consideration of the company’s products and services; enhance corporate culture; and promote corporate responsibility.

Leslie has more than 25 years of communications experience, having worked for public companies, consulting firms and non-profit organizations throughout her career. She received her Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. Leslie is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Public Relations and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Plank Center.

Mantill Williams, Vice President, Public Relations and Communication Strategy, National Association of REALTORS®
Mantill Williams is an award-winning association executive with more than 24 years’ experience in public relations, grassroots and advertising outreach.  In early March of this year he was named the Vice President of Public Relations and Communication strategy for the National Association of Realtors. In this position he leads NAR’s Advocacy and Consumer public relations outreach team.  Before NAR he served as the Director of Advocacy for the American Public Transportation for twelve years, where he led the association’s public relations, grassroots and advertising outreach. Before this position, he served as the Director of public relations for AAA, which is the nation’s largest membership association for nearly 10 years.  His experience also includes serving as the Director of Member services for the American Trucking Association. His public and media relations strategies have garnered extensive news coverage in top tier media. Recently, at APTA, he managed an integrated multi-million-dollar advertising and public relations campaign that helped support the lobbying effort which secured an 18 percent increase in federal funding for public transportation.


Shane Winn, General Manager, Allison+Partners, Chicago

Shane Winn is general manager of the Chicago office of Allison+Partners, an award-winning integrated marketing and PR agency with 28 offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Over two decades, Shane has launched brands, dabbled in sports marketing, managed financial services companies through the market crash of 2008, and nurtured and developed agency talent in collaborative, empowering environments.

Shane began his career in public policy work, transitioning to public relations in 1999. When not growing A+P’s Chicago office, he commands a giant schnauzer, a golden doodle, three cats and an eleven-year-old daughter from a home in Evanston.

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Questions? Email Sarah Hanel, APR, and Kayee Ip, 2019 Programming co-chairs at programming@prsachicago.com.

Program Details


$45.00 Chicago Chapter Member
$50.00 after 12:00 am May 19
$40.00 Earlybird rate before May 1

$55.00 Non-member
$60.00 after 12:00 am May 19

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

May 21, 2019
11:30 AM CDT - 1:30 PM CDT

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