Recently, my colleagues and I were delighted to attend a very special evening put on by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. Named for Chicago public relations legend, Betsy Plank, the Plank Center seeks to advance leadership values and skills in public relations and bridge the gap between education and practice.
As someone who was privileged to know Betsy late in her life and to share her passion for bringing a “real world” perspective to the teaching of public relations, I was happy to serve on the Host Committee for this very special event. Betsy’s ability to draw a crowd was evident that night, as many of the leading practitioners and educators gathered to honor some of the most worthy leaders and mentors in our profession. Proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor awards, scholarships, speaker programs, publications, workshops and symposia – continuing Betsy’s legacy for the next generation of communicators.