Meeting/Event Information

    September Monthly Program

    September 25, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
    6001 Dodge St
    Omaha, NE 68182

    Join us for a panel discussion about ethics in the PR field. Questions posed include: Are we conducting ourselves in a way that promotes PRSA? Aren't we supposed to be nonpartisan?

    APRs from our chapter will be discussing the PRSA Code of Ethics along with current hot topics and real-world examples of how ethics plays a role in public relations.

    Panel Members

    Kathleen Al-Marhoon, APR, Senior PR Strategist at Bailey Lauerman

    Kathleen Al-Marhoon, APR, is an accredited public relations professional who joined Bailey Lauerman in 2015. As the senior public relations strategist, she leads the Bailey Lauerman PR and social team and represents the department on the leadership team.

    While at creative agencies, Kathleen has work with cross-functional teams to lead strategic public relations, crisis communication, thought leadership and influencer campaigns for a broad range of brands including Lindsay Irrigation and Transportation Solutions, Sun Pacific Cuties, Better Business Bureau, Bellevue University, Phillips 66 Lubricants and Flagstar Bank.

    She is an active volunteer and has continuously served in a professional capacity since 2001, on boards that include the Association of Lutheran Development Executives and Omaha Press Club, as president of the Public Relations Society of Nebraska, and as a professional advisor for University of Nebraska at Omaha communication students.

    Prior to joining creative agencies, Kathleen spent more than a decade in nonprofit management at some of the largest social service agencies in the state, including Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and the Nebraska Children’s Home Society.

    Last year, Kathleen was honored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Communication with the Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding career and civic involvement.

    John Melingagio, APR, Public Relations Manager at Bozell

    John Melingagio’s roots are in public relations and his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. He is an award-winning, public relations practitioner with more than two decades of experience, specializing in strategic communications, media relations, branding, crisis management and content development.

    He joined the Bozell team in 2012 where his primary clients are the Men’s NCAA College World Series and First National Bank of Omaha.

    Prior to joining Bozell, he led Boys Town’s communications on what was singled out by national media as “one of the greatest expansions of a private, nonprofit corporation in modern history.” He has represented several other legacy brands, including the U.S. Army, Omaha Home for Boys and Farm Credit Services of America.

    Melingagio became Accredited in Public Relations (APR) in 1995. Prior to his public relations career, he was an award-winning journalist at the Omaha World-Herald, where he received a Sigma Delta Chi award for a team investigation of the Douglas County District Courts that led to numerous reforms in the court system.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing management from the University of Nebraska Omaha College of Business Administration. He is active in many community projects, including PRSA Nebraska, the Business Ethics Alliance, and he has served as Public Relations Director for TOUR’s Cox Classic and as a volunteer for the 2013 USGA U.S. Senior Open.

    Kellie Wostrel, APR, Vice President/Public Relations Manager at Swanson Russell

    Kellie has 18 years of public relations experience. She joined Swanson Russell in 2008 as Public Relations Counsel and is currently Vice President/Public Relations Manager for the agency. Kellie provides strategic marketing and communications planning, public relations/social media counsel, and media and thought leadership training to agricultural, healthcare and general consumer clients. Her client roster has included brands such as AMVAC, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Do Space, UNO Baxter Arena and Michelin, among many others.

    Prior to Swanson Russell, Kellie spent nearly four years with Bozell as Media Relations Director. Kellie began her career in Chicago working with the national “Got Milk?” campaign’s East Coast Milk Mustache Mobile Tour, promoting events and media opportunities and managing on-site logistics. She also has four years of experience with the United States Olympic Committee as Public Relations Director of USA Roller Sports in Lincoln.

    Kellie has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a Past President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nebraska Chapter and served seven years on the PRSA Nebraska board of directors. She is also a Past Chair of the PRSA Midwest District (comprised of 13 chapters).

    Kellie is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), American Agricultural Editor’s Association (AAEA), National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and is also a member of the PRSA Counselor’s Academy.

    The panel will be moderated by Dr. Beverly Kracher, Executive Director/CEO of the Business Ethics Alliance and the Robert B. Daugherty Chair in Business Ethics & Society in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

    Dr. Beverly Kracher is Executive Director/CEO of the Business Ethics Alliance, and holds the Robert B. Daugherty Chair in Business Ethics & Society in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. The Business Ethics Alliance is the most comprehensive, CEO-engaged, city-level business ethics organization in the nation and comprised of local large, medium, and small organizations that lead in developing a climate of ethical excellence throughout the Omaha business community. After 20 years of speaking, consulting and training at numerous national and local businesses and professional associations, Bev has expertise in ethical leadership, stopping moral snowballs, aligning an organization to its core values, communicating during everyday moral dilemmas and moral execution quandaries, and more.

    Special thanks to the Omaha World-Herald for sponsoring scholarships for students to attend this monthly luncheon.


    $20.00 Member Ticket

    $30.00 Guest Ticket

    $15.00 Student Ticket

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