The inaugural celebration of Women’s PR History Month will kick-off Thursday March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Genome Center, 101 Sixth ave., New York.

Speakers at the event, organized by the Museum of Public Relations, included historian Karen Miller Russell, professor at the University of Georgia; Meg Lamme, professor at the University of Alabama, and Karla Gower, professor at the University of Alabama and director, the Plank Center.

Women's PR History Month

Russell will lead a panel discussion on the role of women in PR.

She is the Jim Kennedy New Media Professor and associate professor of PR at Grady College and one of five University professors named to the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the University’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction.

“Dr. Russell is a state-of-the-art teacher who works tirelessly to keep pace with the rapid change in social media campaigns and digital marketing—areas on the leading edge of PR,” said the school.

It describes her as “an award-winning media historian who also uses 21st-century tools such as social media to prepare her PR students for their careers. She developed a blog on teaching that became a resource for PR students and faculty members around the globe.”

Students Win Commendations from PRSSA

Russell has been called a “Top 40 Tweeter” by PRWeek and her students have been commended by the PR Student Society of America Bateman competition five times, winning a national championship in 2007, said the University.

She created the popular campus-wide course “Online Reputation Management” and collaborated on the creation of an online continuing education social media certificate course. She is a recipient of top research awards in her field, including the Pathfinder Award from the Institute for PR.

Panel members include Muriel Fox, co-founder and PR director, National Organization for Women, and Anne Bernays, novelist, teacher, and daughter of Doris Fleischman Bernays.

Bernays will speak about the role her mother played in the PR industry. She has said that the contributions of Mrs. Bernays have not been recognized.

Registration is required