Power. Speed. Connection. More. Learn how the essence of 5G will change our role as communicators, starting yesterday.

The PR Council’s 2017 Critical Issues Forum joined industry leaders in NYC to learn more about brand transformation and 5G, the effects of new platforms, how the new iGen generation is taking over marketers’ mind space from the aging Millennials and hear former White House Communications directors’ POV on how technology has changed the position over the years.

Cutting through the hype, what is PR’s role in bridging the gap between humanity and technology as our industry continues to evolve?

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PR Council Critical Issues Forum 2017: 5G PR

2017 Speakers and Sessions

The Power of Change: Everyone Is Talking About Transformation but They Are Doing It

Steven Fund
Chief Marketing Officer, Intel Corporation

Sharon Otterman
Chief Marketing Officer, Madison Square Garden

Nuno Teles
Chief Marketing Officer, Heineken

Moderated by Jon Harris
CCO of Conagra Brands and Media Personality

Is Platform Dominance Our Future? Our Now? A Heated Debate

Rohit Agarwal
Vice President of Digital Products, CNN

Brett Lofgren
President North America and Global CRO, NewsWhip

Stephanie Prager
Director, US Agency Development, Twitter

Moderated by Matthew Harrington
Global COO, Edelman

If Instant Is the New Soon, Is Messaging the New Everything?

Bonin Bough
Host of Cleveland Hustles and the author of Txt Me

Christian Brucculeri 
CEO, Snaps

Moderated by Gail Heimann
President, Weber Shandwick

Cyber Conflict: Managing Reputation in the Era of the Unprecedented

Jeff Jarvis david-sanger_square

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Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

David Sanger
National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

A Field Guide to the Planet’s First 5G Generation

Dr. Jean M. Twenge
Author, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood; Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University

Moderated by Jon Harris
CCO of Conagra Brands and Media Personality

Politics Unplugged: Where Power, Speed and Connectivity Have Exponential Impact


Don Baer
Worldwide Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Burson Marsteller and former Assistant to the President and White House Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for President Bill Clinton

Anita Dunn
Washington, D.C. Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker and former Communications Director for President Barack Obama

Karen Hughes
Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson Marsteller and former Counselor to the President for President George W. Bush

Mike McCurry
Professor, Wesley Theological Seminary and Former White House Press Secretary for President Clinton

Moderated by Sara Fischer
Media Reporter, Axios

The 2017 Critical Issues Forum was emceed by Jon Harris, CCO of Conagra Brands and Media Personality.

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Watch videos from the 2016 Forum here.

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