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The PR Lab Mentorship Lecture, established in honor of Enid R. Pansky, is the Cronkite School’s signature public relations event.
The annual lecture and award program is made possible, in part, through a generous gift from Scott Pansky, co-founder of Allison+Partners, a global public relations firm. The lecture honors the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr. Pansky’s mother, who served as a mentor to many.
In the spirit of Enid R. Pansky, the event brings a nationally recognized PR practitioner to the Cronkite School each year to meet with students and mentor a senior-level PR student. During the day, the mentor meets one-on-one with his or her aspiring protégé to discuss career goals and professional development.
The day concludes with the PR Lab Mentorship Lecture at which the protégé introduces his or her mentor who then presents the Aspire Award, recognizing the student’s achievements and desire to emulate the career and character of the mentor.
Aspire Award Recipients
2018: Jackson Dorsey
2017: Caitlin Bohrer
2016: Morgan Rath
2015: Tayllor Lillestol
2014: Torunn Sinclair
2013: Danielle (Chavez) Trevino
Mentorship Lecture Presenters (their affiliation at the time of presentation)
2018: Alex Thompson, vice president of brand stewardship and impact at REI
2017: Corey duBrowa, senior vice president of global communications and international public affairs at Starbucks
2016: Ashleigh Gardner, head of writer and publisher partnerships at Wattpad
2015: John J. Nicoletti, vice president for internal communications at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
2014: Gail Adams-Jackson, director of communications for the International Association of Geophysical Contractors
2013: Glen Broom, professor emeritus at San Diego State University