Join PRSA Chicago for its 2014 Skyline Awards gala, honoring Chicago’s top PR programs and talent. This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. CDT:
- 6–7 p.m. CDT: Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction
(Proceeds support the PRSA Chicago Career Contributions program)
- 7–9 p.m. CDT: Dinner and Awards
The awards ceremony also is a great chance to network with colleagues and new contacts; see other amazing work; and bid on some great items in our silent auction to support scholarships for local PR students and young professionals.
Sportscaster, WMAQ-TV, NBC Chicago (@NBCChicago)
Peggy Kusinski is a sports reporter at NBC5. She is also a contributor to NBC5′s “Sports Sunday.”
Prior to joining NBC5 in 2000, Ms. Kusinski was the first woman to host a sports talk-show in Chicago, as co-host of WMAQ-AM’s “Sports Huddle.” She also worked as the afternoon SportsCenter anchor on ESPN Radio 1000, and host of “The Point After” on Saturday mornings.
Ms. Kusinski has won two National Emmy Awards while a producer at ESPN, and garnered six Local/Midwest Emmy Awards — four at NBC5 which includes 2007′s “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On-Camera Sportscaster”.
Ms. Kusinski and her husband, Jason, are the parents of twin boys, Jason Jr. and Shea; and a daughter Stella Blue. She holds a bachelor’s in radio-television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Executive of the Year Honoree
Marc Malnati is the owner of Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, the nationally recognized Chicago restaurant chain. Mr. Malnati exemplifies an executive who successfully uses public relations to promote his business and Chicago pizza.
In recent months, he has been particularly effective in earning media coverage for Chicago pizza by challenging television personality Jon Stewart, who criticized Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Mr. Malnati also garnered extensive coverage for his company’s purchase of the iconic Ina’s restaurant in the West Loop after Ina announced her intention to close the popular breakfast spot, and sell the property.
Additionally, Mr. Malnati’s company plays an active role in corporate social responsibility (CSR). In the past 10 years, the Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Fund raised more than $3 million to benefit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. In 2013, Lou Malnati’s was named one of the top places to work by Chicago Tribune for the fourth year in a row. They were also named among the top 150 best places to work by Workplace Dynamics.
Mr. Malnati holds a bachelor’s in management from Indiana University Bloomington.
PR Professional of the Year Honoree
Owner of her own boutique PR shop, Henson Consulting (HC), Kathleen Henson is constantly and organically growing her infinite, personal arsenal of contacts — which reaches deep into America’s top newsrooms all the way to Hollywood’s elite — to creatively tell her clients’ stories.
Ms. Henson started her firm in 2001 to reinvent the modern agency, offering a broad range of consumer-marketing and corporate-communications support to a wide variety of international, national and Midwest-based clients.
Over the years, her firm has worked with blue-chip clients including Allstate; Allstate Foundation; AMLI Residential; Coldwell Banker; Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Kraft Foods; The Pampered Chef; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Swift & Company; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; the U.S. pistachio industry; and The White Sox.
A mother of five children, Ms. Henson counts HC as her sixth baby; and is thrilled with its tremendous growth and success. Prior to founding HC, she also held PR roles at Chicago Title and Trust Companies, Dome Consulting, Edelman and Hill+Knowltown Strategies.
Ms. Henson volunteers her time to a number of causes in Chicago, recently being named co-chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council. She holds a bachelor’s in communications from Purdue University.
Career Contributions Honoree
Christina O’Connell is an assistant account executive at Reilly Connect, an integrated brand marketing firm. Prior to joining the Reilly Connect team, she was a brand intern at Ketchum; assisting on varied accounts, including Cottonelle, PEAK, Phonak, Newell Rubbermaid (Sharpie), Silk, Wagner Spraytech and Whirlpool.
She graduated from DePaul University in June 2013 with a bachelor’s in public relations and advertising; and a minor in marketing. During her time at DePaul University, she also interned at the Allied Integrated Marketing, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Silverman Group and StyleChicago.com. She held two executive board positions with alma mateur’s PRSSA chapter, and coordinated the regional conference, “PR — The Chicago Way,” which received the Teahan Award. She also is a member of the PRSA Chicago YPN board, and is an Auxiliary Society member for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.
If you have any questions in regards to the gala, please contact PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards Chairs Lauren Brush at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-558-1770; or Sarah Siewert at email@example.com or 312-558-1770.
Registration is now closed.
Where: Tuesday, June 10; 6–9 p.m. CDT
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Fee: Member: $100/ticket or $925/10-person table; Non-member: $120/ticket; or $1,100/10-person table
Attire: Business Dress
Pre-registration is required. Walk-in registration will not be available.