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PRSA Chicago Happy-Hour Panel: ‘Engaging Employees to Manage Change from the Inside Out’ | April 2014

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About Program

Business shifts, economic upheaval, legislative demands and stakeholder confusion are causing chaos and turbulence for organizations as they strive for effective change management.

The critical importance of communication for change initiatives is propelling PR professionals to the forefront of change management — internally and externally — among organizations today.

Since effective change happens from the inside out, this panel of industry experts will provide insight into best-practice strategies and techniques for engaging employees through business transformations — via branding, executive communications, social engagement and other mechanisms. Register here today.


PRSA Chicago_Greg Carlisle_HeadshotGreg Carisle (@GKCar)

Senior Consultant, Gagen MacDonald (@GagenMac)

Greg Carisle is an award-winning marketing and communications professional, helping companies develop creative communications strategies and tools to increase sales; motivate employees; and drive change.

Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Greg was vice president of marketing and communications for a global staffing and recruiting firm with operations in more than 25 countries. There, he helped establish and evolve the company’s brand strategy after the company was formed as a spin-off, serving as the primary global point of contact on all issues related to the company’s brand.

Mr. Carisle also spent several years at a global HR consulting firm where he led the change communication practice, working with a variety of Fortune 500 clients, including Amoco, Cemex, ETS, EY, Grainger and PwC. Earlier in his career, he had extensive experience in investor, media and public relations, serving in a variety of roles for several leading public relations agencies in Chicago.

Mr. Carisle is an Illinois State University graduate with a bachelor’s in marketing and communications.

PRSA Chicago_Katie Fitzgerald_HeadshotKatie Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Employee Engagement & Change Management, FTI Consulting — Strategic Communications (@FTI_SC)

Katie Fitzgerald is a senior director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, and is based in Chicago. She also is part of the segment’s Employee Engagement & Change Management specialty practice.

Ms. Fitzgerald has 10 years of agency and corporate experience, managing communications strategies; corporate- and product-level marketing; employee relations, executive communications; and media relations. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Fitzgerald served as communications director at Thales, a defense communications equipment and software company.

She also has worked as a public-affairs specialist at the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Treasury; and at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Past client experience includes, Allstate, American standard, DHL, HP, Lockheed Martin and Motorola.

Ms. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s in communications from Loyola University Chicago.

PRSA Chicago_Arlana Johnson_HeadshotArlana Johnson

Senior Communications Manager, ComEd, Exelon Corporation (@ComEd)

Arlana Johnson is the senior communications manager at ComEd. In this role she is responsible for developing and directing internal communications strategy, and providing oversight for the company’s corporate reputation program. She oversees employee communications; and also manages issues and crisis management; and media relations.

She has 14 years of advertising, branding and communications experience. Prior to joining ComEd in 2005, she held communications positions with GolinHarris and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Ms. Johnson has served in several roles at ComEd and its parent company, Exelon, including communications manager, and senior advertising and branding specialist. She was instrumental in the communications effort around ComEd’s transition to the competitive market, when the company secured its first rate increase in 10 years and battled rate freeze legislation.

Ms. Johnson is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate with a bachelor’s in communications and journalism.

PRSA Chicago_Meredith Prest_HeadshotMeredith Prest

Senior Manager, Change Management, Walgreens (@Walgreens)

Over the course of her career, Meredith Prest has counseled senior leaders at corporations to develop and drive key changes that impact their people; and she currently serves as a senior manager with Walgreens’ OD/OE Change Management department.

Prior to joining Walgreens, Ms. Prest worked within PwC’s People & Change Management consulting practice, delivering change management and communications solutions across multiple industries and business challenges (e.g., shared services, M&A, process improvement, organizational changes, divestitures).

Ms. Prest has a bachelor’s in international studies from Queens University of Charlotte; a master’s of science in international business from Oxford Brookes University; and a certificate of organizational psychology from Loyola University Chicago.


PRSA Chicago_Sarah Fotis_HeadshotSarah Fotis

Senior Vice President and Director, Ketchum Change (@KetchumPR)

Sarah Fotis is a senior vice president and director at Ketchum Change — Ketchum’s change management, employee engagement and workforce communications consultancy. She is focused on helping her clients solve their most complex business problems by utilizing a unique blend of expertise in driving organizational change through employee engagement.

Ms. Fotis has close to 14 years of change management, communications, organizational design and training experience within seven industries and across four functional areas. She has a strong background of operational and business process improvement in a variety of industries, with a proven ability to develop and execute on communications and change strategies by utilizing various methods, resources, techniques and tools. Ms. Fotis is skilled at building relationships with leaders, driving organizational commitment; influencing stakeholders; and managing a team to achieve common goals and a shared vision.

She is a recognized change leader, and is a founding member of Change Management Executive Council for The Conference Board. Ms. Fotis is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Career Contributions Honoree

PRSA Chicago_Liza Amling_HeadshotLiza Amling (@LizaAmling)

Consumer Marketing Intern, GolinHarris (@GolinHarris)

As part of her current internship role at GolinHarris, Lisa Amling supports the Unilever account team, in addition to contributing to PR audits, event execution and strategies for brands such as Breyers, Klondike, Lipton Tea and Magnum Ice Cream.

Ms. Amling is passionate about media relations — engaging media through creative, relevant pitch angles to tell her client’s story across traditional and social media. She has previously held internships at Cityeats (i.e., an online reservation tool powered by Scripps Network Interactive), Big Jumbo Media, FOX19 in Cincinnati and Henson Consulting.

Ms. Amling is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in communications.

Program Details

Registration is now closed.

When: Wednesday, April 23; 6-8 p.m. CDT
Where: Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Fee: Member: $37; Non-member: $45; Student: $37
Business Casual

If you are paying at the door, please pay with exact change, credit card or check. PRSA will not have change.

If you are a student and have not attended a PRSA event in the past, you will NOT be able to register for the student rate. To get the given student rate, please email Ann Scheible at mail@prsachicago.com and ask to be added to the system as a student. Ann will add you and advise when you can register online.