Marilyn Laurie
Marilyn Laurie

The Arthur W. Page Center honored New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet; the late Marilyn Laurie, former executive VP of brand strategy at AT&T; and former Aetna CEO John Rowe with the Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication at an awards dinner held Feb. 20 at the Grand Hyatt – Midtown Manhattan Hotel in New York City. Larry Foster, for whom the award is named, founded the Page Center in 2004 with fellow public relations legends Jack Koten and Ed Block. The Page Center is a research center in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, Foster’s alma mater. “The diversity of this year’s honorees illustrates the role integrity plays in successful public communication,” said Denise Bortree, Page Center director and associate professor of public relations-advertising at Penn State. “Today’s public dialogue is plagued by incivility and polarization, creating an even bigger premium on those in journalism, public relations and business who conduct themselves with integrity and earn public trust.”

Schar School

Strategies that communicators can employ to negotiate an environment in which "fake news," Russian intelligence operatives, eroding social media and biased information all bring the very idea of truth into question will be discussed at a Feb. 26 forum at The Schar School of Policy & Government in Arlington, VA. The forum, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m., will be moderated by D S Simon Media CEO Douglas Simon. Participants will include former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, LEVICK chairman and CEO Richard Levick and Edelman Washington D.C. president Lisa Osborne Ross. The event will be webcast live. For more information and to register for the webcast, go to


New York Women in Communications is presenting a session that will offer pointers on how to use “strategic storytelling” to keep employees engaged. At the event, which will take place at 9 a.m. on March 6 at NYWICI headquarters (355 Lexington Ave., Floor 15), Emerging Media founder and CEO Susan Lindner will discuss several ways in which employers can help employees feel that they are connected to a higher purpose beyond the day-to-day responsibilities of their jobs. NYWICI says that attendees will learn how to turn personal experiences into parables that inspire employees as well as outlining ways that teams can create engaging visuals, produce viral social media and gain the support of the press. Admission is free for NYWICI members, $25 for non-members. To register for the event, click here.