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PRSA 2016 International Conference

Oct. 23–25 | Indianapolis

Keynote Speakers

John Lewis

U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

U.S. Congressman John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights and securing civil liberties in America. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.

Read more about Congressman Lewis here.


Bea Perez

Bea Perez
Chief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

As chief sustainability officer (CSO) of The Coca-Cola Company, Bea Perez created and now drives a global sustainability strategy that’s growing the business while making a positive difference for people, communities and the environment.

Read more about Bea Perez here.


Sarah Kate Ellis

Sarah Kate Ellis
CEO and President

In her keynote presentation, Ellis will share how she has helped to refocus GLAAD’s advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns and programs.

Read more about Sarah Kate Ellis here.


James Kane

James Kane
Leading Researcher in the Science of Loyalty

James Kane is considered the world’s foremost expert on what makes someone truly loyal — to another person, an organization or a cause. In his keynote presentation, “Virtually Loyal: The Secret to Building Loyal Relationships Digitally,” Kane will discuss how you can build nearly unbreakable relationships with clients, customers, members, fans, vendors, volunteers, sponsors and employees.

Read more about James Kane here.


Daniel Lubetzky

Daniel Lubetzky
Founder and CEO

In his keynote presentation, “The Power of AND: Learning to Think With AND Instead of OR,”
Daniel Lubetzky will share experiences from his entrepreneurial journey, as well as discuss the role strategic communications has played in helping to establish KIND as one of the fastest growing healthy snacks brands in America.

Read more about Daniel Lubetzky here. 


Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly
Head, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring 
Ford Motor Company 

In her keynote presentation, "How to Think Like a Futurist," Sheryl Connelly will share 10 trends she believes will change the world, as well as offer guidance on how to interpret and take advantage of these developments.

Read more about Sheryl Connelly here.


Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore
Meteorologist and Host
The Weather Channel

One of the most recognized faces in weather, Jim Cantore has covered every major weather event of the past 25 years with his animated, tenacious style, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene, as well as Superstorm Sandy.

Read more about Jim Cantore here.