Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications

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Sultana Ali
Photo of Sultana Ali An accredited public relations professional with a public speaking background spanning over 15 years, Sultana F. Ali works as a communications officer as part of the institutional and strategy team at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonprofit which applies a ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-815 Reputation Management

Rebecca Andersen
Photo of Rebecca Andersen Rebecca Andersen is an award-winning, accredited communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience in technology communications and marketing. She is passionate about integrated, research-based, measurable communications that work to support overall business objectives. She was named one of ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-508 Public Relations Writing
MPPR-700 Public Relations Writing

Sasha Ballard
Photo of Sasha Ballard Sasha Ballard holds an M.S. in Federal Program Management from Trinity Washington University, and a B.A. in Communications from Virginia State University and has had extensive Contracts, Project Management, and Leadership training. Sasha is a member of the ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-837 Project Management and Budgeting for Communicators

Ryan Beckwith
Photo of Ryan Beckwith Ryan Teague Beckwith is a senior editor in the Washington bureau for TIME magazine. Previously, he worked as as an editor at the Washington Examiner, Digital First Media and CQ Roll Call and as a reporter and blogger at The ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing
MPPR-704 News Writing and Reporting

Fran Bernhards
Photo of Fran Bernhards Vice President, Social Marketing Practice, Ketchum Frances Bernhards serves as a vice president in Ketchum Washington, D.C.'s Social Marketing Practice. In addition to social marketing, she has experience in public affairs, issues management, crisis management, and litigation communications ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-605 PR Case Studies

Carol Blymire
Photo of Carol Blymire Once-youngest-ever White House political appointee. Fearless Tweeter. Really crappy telemarketer. I am the founder of Blymire Communications where I offer public relations, branding, and advocacy counsel to Fortune 100 corporations, national non-profits, celebrity foundations, and everything in between. I serve ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-891 Personal Branding (Cross-listed with MPPR 891)
MPMC-891 Personal Branding
MPPR-891 Personal Branding

Elizabeth Bradley
Photo of Elizabeth Bradley Liz Bradley is a Director of Integrated Communications for AARP, where she oversees communications strategy and planning for home and family issues, including caregiving, livable communities, grandparenting, older driver safety, and home design. Ms. Bradley is the AARP lead for ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-505 Elements of Communications Planning

Alicia Caldwell
Photo of Alicia Caldwell I am the national immigration and Homeland Security beat reporter for The Associated Press in Washington. Prior to joining the national staff, I spent just over five years working as the AP's correspondent in El Paso, Texas, covering immigration ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing
MPJO-900 MPS Journalism Capstone
MPPR-704 News Writing and Reporting

Shelva Clemons
Photo of Shelva Clemons Shelva serves as an Account Manager for the Brand+Creative Team at the investment firm of T. Rowe Price. In this role, she administers the internal process for developing communications and marketing deliverables to support corporate, enterprise-wide initiatives. Operating as ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-730 Corporate Communications

Meg Cohen
Photo of Meg Cohen Meg Cohen has been working in communications for over ten years in the association, for-profit, and higher education sectors. In addition to her role as Assistant Dean for the Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PRCC) masters program, Meg is an ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-505 Elements of Communications Planning
MPPR-863 MPS PR/CC Internship
MPPR-873 MPS PR/CC Internship II

Robert Conrad
Photo of Robert Conrad Bob Conrad helps civilian and federal government clients develop strategic communications planning and provides oversight, analysis and support. He has more than 15 years of agency experience working in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Bob has led multiple ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-890 Public Speaking & Pitching
MPPR-600 Public Speaking & Pitching

Barbara Coons
Photo of Barbara Coons Barbara Coons is a communications consultant specializing in research in support of public relations/public affairs programs. Formerly she was a senior vice president in the DC office of Edelman Intelligence. She specializes in media analysis, competitive intelligence and crisis ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-502 Communications Research
MPPR-870 Communications Research

Lisa Darr-Feldner
Photo of Lisa Darr-Feldner Lisa Feldner is the Director of Marketing and Events for Network Media Partners Inc., where she acts as the chief marketing professional of the company driving market strategies for the organization, and its marketing and event service offerings. As the ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPGC-500 Global Leadership & Comm
MPGC-600 Global Strategy Management
MPGC-700 Impacting Business Success
MPGC-800 Adapting to the Future
MPGC-900 Capstone
MPPR-790 Strategic Event Management

Chartese Torrence
Photo of Chartese Torrence Chartése D. Day is an award-winning public affairs and communications strategist with more than 14 years’ experience conceptualizing, building and executing high-profile public information and reputation management campaigns with high-impact results. Currently, Chartése serves as the Director of the Office ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-500 Conversations About Ethics: Philosophical, Professional, and Personal

Nicolas Durand
Photo of Nicolas Durand Nicolas Durand is a digital entrepreneur, data scientist, and computer engineer. He leads the Digital Analytics training program of the World Bank and is the founder and chief developer of Dishly, a website & mobile app (coming soon) for personalized food ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-806 Dig. Analytics & Measurement
MPPR-506 Digital Analytics and Measurement

Neil Dziemian
Photo of Neil Dziemian Mr. Neil Dziemian has 25 years of experience using the power of communications to inform, influence, and change behavior. He is a strategic communications subject matter expert who led the development of communications-related policies and SOPs, and has experience leading ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-505 Elements of Communications Planning

Mary Earley
Photo of Mary Earley Mary McCarty Earley has extensive experience in the field of media analysis and business intelligence research. Prior to founding MME Research in 2004, Earley was senior vice president and group head with Edelman PR's research subsidiary, StrategyOne where she ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-502 Communications Research
MPPR-870 Communications Research

Jeff Flaherty
Photo of Jeff Flaherty As a senior member of the Global Communications and Public Affairs department, Jeff Flaherty oversees crisis communications and issues management for Marriott International’s 6,000 hotels around the world. Partnering with internal and external subject matter experts in safety ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-810 Crisis Communications

Ashley Forrester
Photo of Ashley Forrester Ashley A. Forrester has more than ten years of public relations and marketing experience demonstrating leadership, strategic ideation and innovative success at both a leading global public relations/communication agency and in an in-house client environment at Events DC. Ashley ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-710 Media Relations

Maggie Gage
Photo of Maggie Gage An experienced Washington, DC public policy specialist and seasoned analyst, Maggie Gage has developed and implemented legislative and regulatory strategies on a wide array of policy issues. As Director of Public Policy Americas based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Gage ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-795 Public Affairs: Developing and Managing Successful Campaigns

Richard Granfield
Photo of Richard Granfield Patrick Granfield serves as a speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Previously he worked on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, where he served as a special advisor to General John R. Allen and speechwriter ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-885 Speech Writing

Jon Haber
Photo of Jon Haber An expert at helping businesses and organizations manage their reputation and respond to changing media and political environments, Jon Haber offers advice and assistance on public affairs, public policy campaign management, branding, message development, strategic communications and crisis communications. Jon ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-795 Public Affairs: Developing and Managing Successful Campaigns

Bruce Harrison
Photo of Bruce Harrison Bruce Harrison is a consultant on corporate public relations issues, with an emphasis on environment, social responsibility and sustainability. His corporate experience was as Vice President and chief public relations officer of Freeport Minerals Company (now Freeport McMoran), headquartered in ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPGC-500 Global Leadership & Comm
MPPR-810 Crisis Communications
MPPR-836 Leadership in Communications

Matt Heim
Photo of Matt Heim Matthew Heim is an award-winning digital, PR and communications manager with extensive experience leading cross-functional teams on integrated marketing campaigns. In his current role at Ketchum, Mr. Heim crafts and integrates digital ideas into solid, real-life digital goals, strategies, and ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-755 Digital Communications Strategy

Erin Hennessy
Photo of Erin Hennessy Erin A. Hennessy is vice president at TVP Communications, a national public relations agency focused on higher education. She brings to the agency more than 20 years of communications experience and expertise in the areas of higher education policy, communication ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-841 Media Relations
MPPR-710 Media Relations

William Imbrie
Photo of William Imbrie Andrew Imbrie serves as a Speechwriter to Secretary of State John Kerry. Previously, he served as a professional staff member and speechwriter on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Other professional experience includes work with the U.S. Missions to NATO ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-885 Speech Writing

Tim Ito
Photo of Tim Ito Tim is currently a senior director at the Association for Talent Development, overseeing the content division of the organization. Previous to ATD, he ran the content marketing group for ASCD, including oversight of the business and revenue strategy for ASCD ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-881 Digital Marketing
MPPR-881 Digital Marketing

Brigitte Johnson
Photo of Brigitte Johnson Brigitte Johnson is a lecturer for the Public Relations & Corporate Communications program. She is a strategic creative communications and marketing leader with experience producing outstanding campaigns, programs, publications, and marketing materials that deliver on corporate and organizational goals and objectives ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-505 Elements of Communications Planning
MPPR-950 Public Relations and Corporate Communications Capstone

Jon Judah
Photo of Jon Judah As Director of Strategy at Huge, Jon helps ensure a rich user experience meets an organization's business needs and objectives. Since joining Huge, Jon has developed digital strategies for Audi, Pfizer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Time Warner, Credit Suisse ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-755 Digital Communications Strategy

Joseph La Mountain
Photo of Joseph La Mountain Joseph LaMountain is a Vice President at Reingold, a marketing and communications agency in Alexandria, Virginia. He is passionate about helping nonprofits reach their membership, advocacy, public awareness, and fundraising goals. He specializes in health care, public policy, strategic communications ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-780 Grassroots Communications

Sunny Levitt
Photo of Sunny Levitt Sunny Levitt is founder and CEO of KenBridge Coaching, LLC, an executive leadership coaching and career management firm that partners with leaders in reaching their professional and personal goals. Sunny is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Georgetown University’s ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt
MPMC-560 Strategic Career Planning
MPPR-560 Strt Career Planning & Mgmt

Greg Linch
Photo of Greg Linch Greg Linch works as a data developer for McClatchy and its 30 newsrooms around the country. In this role, he builds tools to enable more widespread use of data for storytelling -- for everything from elections results to daily graphics. Greg ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-779 Web Development for Media
MPPR-779 Web Development for Media (Cross-listed with MPJO 779)

Patty Long
Photo of Patty Long Patty Long brings over 30 years of experience in government relations, public affairs and communications having held positions in both the private sector and the association world. She currently serves as the Vice President of Industry Affairs for SPI: The ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-500 Conversations About Ethics: Philosophical, Professional, and Personal

Mike Long
Photo of Mike Long Michael Long is an accomplished writer, speechwriter, educator, and award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He is the ghostwriter behind two non-fiction bestsellers, and has been published three times in Vital Speeches of the Day, twice for speeches he delivered. As director ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-508 Public Relations Writing
MPPR-700 Public Relations Writing

Michael Lukich
Photo of Michael Lukich Michael Lukich is a Principal of Marketing Analytics at MarketBridge, a sales and marketing solutions firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. He is responsible for driving the scope, project management, and execution of several client engagements – specifically focusing on digital marketing ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-806 Dig. Analytics & Measurement
MPPR-506 Digital Analytics and Measurement

Eileen Marcus
Photo of Eileen Marcus Throughout her career, Eileen has led a diverse client portfolio with extensive background in healthcare, association and consumer marketing. Her particular expertise includes media relations, crisis management, and relationship marketing with clients such as AARP, Federal Trade Commission, Library of ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-837 Project Management and Budgeting for Communicators

William McIntyre
Photo of William McIntyre Bill McIntyre is a master strategist, blending new and traditional communications tactics on behalf of products, causes and companies. At Edelman, he leads the digital and traditional grassroots efforts on behalf of several leading companies, organizations and associations. His work ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-755 Digital Communications Strategy

Alex Milwee
Photo of Alex Milwee Alex Milwee is a vice president on the Washington, DC digital team, bringing more than 10 years of experience in public affairs, issues advocacy and consumer marketing campaigns. He provides senior oversight and account management for a variety of Edelman ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-755 Digital Communications Strategy

Jennifer Motruk
Photo of Jennifer Motruk Jennifer Motruk began her career in marketing as a manager of programming and facilities at a non-profit community arts center, where she leveraged her art history degree and years of working in the hospitality industry to become an expert in ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-760 Integrated Marketing Communications

Judith Muhlberg
Photo of Judith Muhlberg Judith Muhlberg understands first-hand how to drive results within Fortune 500 global companies and is experienced in dealing with many business issues, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to leadership communications, corporate reputation, employee engagement and crisis, change and culture management ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPGC-500 Global Leadership & Comm
MPPR-810 Crisis Communications
MPPR-836 Leadership in Communications

Heather Neisworth
Photo of Heather Neisworth Heather is a communications strategist, writer and consultant who provides leadership to fortune 500 companies, governments agencies and non-profits. Committed to understanding culture to create helpful and impactful messages, she delivers solutions driven expertise that produces employee engagement and supports ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-835 Employee Engagement And Internal Communications

Shayna Padovano
Photo of Shayna Padovano Shayna Padovano is Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector LLP (PwC), where she consults with government and multilateral organizations in the areas of organizational efficiency and change, training design and delivery, and business process improvement. Shayna has taught theatre, public ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-600 Pitching & Public Speaking
MPMC-890 Public Speaking & Pitching
MPPR-600 Public Speaking & Pitching

Evan Parker
Photo of Evan Parker Evan is a senior strategist specializing in digital marketing and communications programs for non-profits, with nearly two decades of experience using integrated campaign tactics to support organizational philanthropy and supporter activation goals. Evan is currently Principal with Freeflow Digital, a ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-841 Activating Audiences forCauses
MPPR-906 Activating Audiences for Causes

Michael Piccorossi
Photo of Michael Piccorossi Michael Piccorossi is a digital strategist with more than 15 years experience with all phases of digital publishing, audience development and measurement. He is currently Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Research Center where he leads the digital team ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-506 Digital Analytics and Measurement

Kyle Scriven
Photo of Kyle Scriven Kyle Scriven is an experienced marketing and communications professional that has been at the forefront of digital strategy since its emergence as a priority for achieving advocacy and commercial success. Kyle is currently the Senior Director, Digital at the Motion ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-881 Digital Marketing

Laura Sheehan
Photo of Laura Sheehan Laura Sheehan is a seasoned public affairs expert with more than a 20-year track record in policy communications, media relations, crisis and issues management, community and grassroots outreach, reputation management, CEO/executive positioning and coalition building. Currently, Laura is the ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-795 Public Affairs: Developing and Managing Successful Campaigns

Cylor Spaulding
Photo of Cylor Spaulding Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., is the faculty director and an assistant professor of the practice for the Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. In this role, he works with faculty on curriculum development and teaches several courses within the program ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-700 Public Relations Writing
MPPR-950 Public Relations and Corporate Communications Capstone

Mary M. Stewart
Photo of Mary M. Stewart As the vice president for external affairs for WETA, Mary Stewart directs corporate communications, brand management, media relations, advertising, community engagement events, publications and graphic design for the leading public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. She oversees a team ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-500 Conversations About Ethics: Philosophical, Professional, and Personal

John Trybus
Photo of John Trybus John D. Trybus is a social strategist on a mission to help impact organizations embrace the blur—between sectors, functions, departments and human strengths—for good. He leads and manages Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication, a research ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-840 Cause Consulting
MPPR-900 Cause Consulting

Amiastri Vallo
Photo of Amiastri Vallo Mia Vallo is a Sr. Director, Marketing Analytics and Optimization at National Geographic. She oversees digital analytics, testing, and optimization programs in the organization to grow digital audience and increase digital engagement using data and strategic insights. She has trained ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-806 Dig. Analytics & Measurement
MPPR-506 Digital Analytics and Measurement

Xiapeng (Paul) Wang
Photo of Xiapeng (Paul) Wang Dr. Xiaopeng Wang has over a decade of teaching and research experience in visual journalism, graphic design and communication. He has published many research articles and book chapters on visual media and communication. Before he relocated to Washington D.C ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPJO-778 Visual Communications
MPMC-878 Visual Communications
MPPR-778 Visual Communications

Daniel Webber
Photo of Daniel Webber Dan Webber joined Edelman in the summer of 2004. As a senior vice president and group head on the DC Digital team, he leads the digital corporate and crisis group providing global companies and organizations strategic counsel specific to online ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-756 Digital Crisis Management

Leon Whipple
Photo of Leon Whipple John Whipple is an award-winning communications consultant and certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) with 20 years’ experience supporting federal clients across the Washington, D.C. region. Throughout his career John has maintained a commitment to national security and veteran ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-773 MPS IMC Internship
MPPR-863 MPS PR/CC Internship
MPPR-866 MPS PR/CC OCPA Fellowship
MPPR-873 MPS PR/CC Internship II
MPPR-876 MPS PR/CC OCPA Fellowship II

Steven Worth
Photo of Steven Worth Steve Worth has over thirty years experience as a professional consultant and has provided strategic consulting assistance to associations, businesses and governments in areas covering organizational restructuring, public policy, and public and organizational communications in 110 countries covering six continents ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPPR-905 Consulting

Wendy Zajack
Photo of Wendy Zajack With more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, media relations and internal communications, Wendy Zajack thrives on working to make complex topics and technologies easy to understand, exciting and relevant to broad audiences. She has spent a ...
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This instructor has taught:
MPMC-500 Conversations About Ethics
MPMC-900 Capstone

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