Kerry O’Grady is the faculty director for the Master's in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies. She's also an Associate Professor of the Practice. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she spent eight years at NYU's School of Professional Studies, teaching in its M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. Within her full-time role at NYU, she acted as the faculty lead and clinical assistant professor of the program. During her tenure, she taught a variety of PR courses, including strategic communications, theory, history, and practice, integrated marketing, practicum, and capstone. She also taught in NYU's continuing education program and high school academy. In addition, she's held teaching appointments at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a guest lecturer role at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
With professional experience in public relations, integrated marketing and advertising, past positions include Associate Director, Integrated Marketing for Women's Health magazine, Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing at Parents, FamilyFun, and American Baby magazines (Meredith Corp.), Business Development Manager, La Voz and TV y Mas, and Advertising Executive, The Arizona Republic (Gannett, Inc.). She's also held consulting roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Viacom, and TalkSpace. She is a regularly sought-after media expert, as seen in The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Telegraph, and on ABC News’ digital podcast “Uncomfortable,” to name a few. An award-winning practitioner, she's been honored with President's Club (Gannett, Inc.), Marketing Campaign of the Year Finalist (Meredith Corp.), the Public Relations Society of America - NY top "35 Under 35" winner, and NYU's "Outstanding Service" award.
Dr. O'Grady holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in both Journalism and English from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. Public Relations & Corporate Communication (with distinction) from New York University, and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.
Teaching Style: Challenging, direct, responsive, and funny.
Expect to: Work hard, get out of your comfort zone (I will push you), and laugh (because you can't learn if you aren't having fun. Period).
Social: Twitter - @OGradyKL. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerry-o-grady-bb422b14/
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