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Speaker: Blake Lewis, APR PDF Print E-mail
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Blake D. Lewis III, APR, Fellow PRSA

Principal and Senior Consultant, Lewis Public Relations

National Treasurer and Member, National Board of Directors, PRSA

Blake Lewis is an accomplished communicator, with 35 years of experience in corporate reputation and issues management, crisis communications, media relations, technology communications, and association governance in corporate, agency and non-profit settings.

During his career, Blake’s professional engagements have included development of strategies and tactics for a number of the nation’s leading businesses and organizations, including ALON USA, AT&T, Burger King, EDS, Greyhound, NEC, Texas Beef Council and, here in Central Texas, Texas Farm Bureau.

Before forming his agency in 2000, Blake worked for EDS – now, H-P – in Plano, Texas, where he led formation of the first communications team for the company’s $2 billion electronic commerce line-of-business. Prior to joining EDS, Blake was deputy general manager of the Dallas office of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in healthcare, food service and agency settings.

A graduate of IowaStateUniversity, Blake is recipient of a Texas Public Relations Association Silver Spur award for work defending ICI Explosives in litigation that resulted from the bombing of the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, a recipient of two PRSA Dallas Pegasus Awards and several other communicator awards, including a Telly. He has served at all levels within the Public Relations Society of America, currently serving on the PRSA national board as treasurer and overseeing the national audit, finance and investment committees. Accredited in 1985, Blake was selected for membership in the PRSA College of Fellows in 2005.

phone: 214 635 3050

Speaker: David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2012 12:13



David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, is one of America’s foremost authorities on communication and leadership inside organizations. He’s a sought-after speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 leaders, and author of the highly-acclaimed books, “You Can’t NOT Communicate: Proven Communication Solutions That Power the Fortune 100,” and its follow-up, “You Can’t NOT Communicate 2.” A frequent media source for his expert commentary and analysis on employee and leadership issues, David was recently featured on “NBC Nightly News” and in the Chicago Tribune. David counsels leaders at top organizations to unleash the power of strategic internal communication and drive performance. Clients include Accor, AOL, HTC, GlaxoSmithKline, LifeScan (a Johnson & Johnson Company), Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Nielsen, Pioneer Hi-Bred (a DuPont Business), and Symantec, to name a few. He’s Founder/CEO of The Grossman Group (, an award-winning Chicago-based strategic leadership development and internal communications consultancy, and teaches at Columbia University, NYC.




Title: About Face: Proven Approaches from the “Anti-Social Media Guy”

Description: Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter – while technology might seem faster and easier, it’s not the end-all-be-all connector or motivator. The truth is employees crave a real connection and they want to be inspired and engaged through good ol’ old-fashioned conversation. In this interactive session, turn off the Blackberry and open your eyes to what’s possible when you’re “about face.” Learn: • The business case for face-to-face communication as an ideal strategy for getting business done • Artful tips and hands-on tools you can use immediately to create dialogue and have tough conversations that leave employees’ communication needs fully satisfied • Proven techniques for coaching leaders to listen to and motivate employees.


Title: The Power of Internal Branding: The Communicator’s Secret Weapon"

Description: Building brands starts on the inside. How can the media tell your story – in a positive way – if your own employees can’t, and they can’t deliver on the brand promise? As the daily living embodiment of a brand, employees are your first and most important customers. What they say and do can make or break your media relations strategy. In this session, you’ll learn: • Why internal branding needs to be a part of your media relations strategy • How to make the most of your external communications efforts through internal branding • How to know you need internal branding in your organization • A proven, strategic approach to internal branding.


Title: Getting to Great: How to Fast Track Your Leadership Impact

Description: Leaders are made, not born. Whether you lead a team or not, everyone can sharpen the leadership and influencing skills needed for both professional and personal growth. If you want to advance your career, work more effectively with your teams, and better serve your clients, you need to develop the ability to truly lead and influence – not just manage and direct. In this seminar you’ll learn: • Why every leader should have a mirror on his/her desk • The Seven Deadly Sins leaders at any level can make • The Three Must-Have Tools to accelerate your leadership impact and get even better results.


Title: You’re Already Doing It: What to Do When You Can’t NOT Communicate

Description: The reality is that everything you do and say communicates something. Not communicating isn’t an option. The most successful leaders know that communication is the competency most critical to moving businesses forward, is the best defense in managing change and difficult situations, and is the driving force in engaging others. Whether you are running a thriving organization, trying to create growth in your company, or leading under the pressure to do more with less, you are always communicating ¬– so you might as well be great at it. In this session, David Grossman will share practical insights on how top leaders differentiate themselves. You’ll learn: • Why leadership communication means business • The three fundamental truisms every leader must understand • Three myths leaders believe • The most common traps leaders face. You’ll walk away with valuable perspective, best practices, and proven, actionable tools that you can start using right away. This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn winning strategies you can use every day and engage in thought-provoking discussion so you can differentiate yourself, elevate your leadership impact, and accelerate business results.


Title: Lessons from the Road: Innovative Techniques and Trends from a Veteran Road Warrior

Description: In today's high stakes business environment, strategic internal communications separates the good from the great. Learn the Top Ten Standout Strategies that are powering business results in the Fortune 100 today. In this session, you'll learn: • What’s winning the battle for senior management’s share of mind, attention and resources • Which must-have strategies are on the road less traveled • What tried-and-true strategy is on life support in most organizations today.  As one of the industry’s most sought after and well-traveled experts in internal and leadership communications, this is a unique opportunity to learn winning strategies, engage in thought-provoking discussion, and consider what's possible to elevate and accelerate your business results.


Speaking Experience:

HTC Corporation, PRSA International Conference, PRSA Hampton Roads, Melcrum Inc., PRSA SW Missouri, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Nielsen, Honeywell, Medstar Health, National Pest Management, American Society of Baking, Highmount E&P, PRSA Georgia, International Association of Business Communicators, Nationwide, PRSA Cleveland, East Balt, PRSA Chattanooga, First Citizens Bank, Texas Instruments, Johnson Controls, Hill-Rom Holdings, Glaxosmithkline, PRSA Philadelphia, PRSA Charlotte
To be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Reimbursement for travel expenses.
Contact information:
The Grossman Group
312 N. May Street Suite 101
Chicago, Ill. 60607
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Speaker: Marlene Neill, APR PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2012 12:03


Marlene Neill, APR, is a lecturer at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and has 15 years of experience in journalism and public relations. She is a former television news reporter, who covered both of George W. Bush’s campaigns for governor of Texas. Neill began teaching at Baylor in August of 2006 in the journalism department. She has taught the courses “Writing for Mass Media Markets,” “Writing and Editing for Online Media” and “Public Relations Agency.”

Neill expects to receive her Ph.D. in advertising at The University of Texas at Austin in August of 2012. While there, she has served as a teaching assistant for courses in public relations writing and public relations techniques. Her research interests include ethics in advertising and public relations, public relations management, integrated communication, and nonprofit public relations. She received her Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. Neill is an accredited member of the Central Texas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and was elected as president of the chapter for 2006. She is now serving as the past chair for the Southwest District of PRSA, a role that involves representing 14 chapters in six states. At the national level, Neill recently completed a three-year term on the Universal Accreditation Board, which administers the examination for Accreditation in Public Relations and coordinates all activities related to the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation. Neill worked for 10 years in government public relations. Her job responsibilities included media relations and overseeing publications for employees and citizens of Waco. Her public relations experience also includes work in nonprofit public relations at the YMCA of Central Texas.



"The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Experiences of Senior PR Practitioners in providing ethical counsel"

Based on research using in-depth interviews with 30 senior public relations practitioners in 10 U.S. states and Australia.  Learn what type of ethical dilemmas they faced and the techniques they use to raise concerns with senior management.

"Seat at the Table (s): An Examination of Senior Public Relations Practitioners’ Power & Influence Among Multiple Executive-Level Coalitions"
Based on dissertation research with 30 senior executives in 4 U.S. companies. For years, public relations scholars and industry leaders have advocated for public relations practitioners to become part of the dominant coalition, the most senior leadership team in their organizations.  However, in reality public relations practitioners need to pursue seats at the tables of multiple senior executive level formal and informal coalitions. Learn what power strategies and key competencies are necessary to be influential at the senior executive level.  Among the newest competencies discussed is the management of social media.

"APR: Three Letters with a Big Impact: Why you should consider taking the APR exam"

As a former member of the UAB, Neill discusses the value of credentials in general such as in the HR industry and shares a few testimonials.


Speaking Experience:

Neill has presented at PRSA chapters in Central Texas, Austin and San Antonio, at UT undergraduate classes, and at the 2011 AMA conference in Austin.



No speaking fee, but requires reimbursement for travel expenses, if possible.


Contact information:

Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D. candidate, APR
Baylor University
Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media

Waco, Texas

Phone: 254-710-6322

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Speaker: Makai, Kozhi PDF Print E-mail

NAME: Dr. Kozhi Makai

Dr. Kozhi Sidney Makai is an international inspirational speaker, author, researcher, coach, and social entrepreneur who, through his philosophy called The Significant Life®, has declared war on mediocrity. Holding degrees in Speech Communication and Psychology, Leadership & Influence, and Applied Management & Decision Sciences, he is a highly sought-after adjunct professor of organizational behavior and a specialist in Interpersonal Communication. He is the founder and Chief Executive of Kozhi Makai® Worldwide, an international communications and human development company with interests in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is the award-winning author of the personal development book, How Can™ I Come Up? and the award-winning researcher behind the book Culture and Leadership. His February 2008 release, Born Beating the Odds™, has already been well reviewed and read in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America and is now being translated into Spanish, Polish and Chinese.

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