The life and legacy of Marilyn Laurie, who got her start in the PR business by doing promotion for the first Earth Day and wound up running communications at AT&T, will be the subject of a virtual event on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. “When You’re the Only Woman in the Room: Lessons from the First Female CCO” will feature a panel discussion examining the lessons to be learned in leadership, ethics and crisis management from “Marilyn Laurie: A Woman in Charge,” a new book from Dan Martin, who worked with Laurie and succeeded her as executive vice president, PR and brand management at AT&T. The discussion will be led by Pure Performance Communications CEO Deirdre Breakenridge, and will include Martin, as well as Pat Ford, Karen Russell and Denise Hill. The Museum of Public Relations is one of the event's sponsors. For more information or to register, click here.
Dan Rather will join National Press Club president and former CBS News colleague Michael Freedman on Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. for a live-streamed Headliner conversation about topics including the press and the presidency, the role of journalism in protecting democracy, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. In 1999, Rather and Freedman collaborated on the three-hour “CBS News 20th Century Roundup” for radio, which included the final reunion of the surviving members of Edward R. Murrow’s original broadcast team from World War II. At this event, Rather will reflect on the lessons learned from the Murrow Boys and the Greatest Generation and how those lessons can be applied to the challenges facing journalism and America today. For more information, or to join the live-stream of the event, click here.
The challenges faced by communicators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are the subject of a PRSA Storytellers event on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, “Communicating From the Pandemic’s Front Lines: A Matter of Life and Death” will discuss how to effectively handle the ethical dilemmas, constantly changing content and increased expectations that have become almost standard as the pandemic progresses. Leading the seminar will be Rhoda Weiss, chairman and founder of AMA Executive Summit and BetterTogether.health, and Northwell Health chief marketing and communciations officer Ramon Soto. To find out more, or to register, click here.