New York, March 3, 2015 — The PRSA Foundation has named Charlotte Otto, former global external relations officer at Procter & Gamble and Senior Strategic Advisor at Weber Shandwick, as its 2015 Paladin Honoree. Ms. Otto’s award will be presented at the Foundation’s upcoming fundraising dinner at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City on April 23rd.
“Charlotte’s work championing PR’s role in the marketing mix has had an enormous positive impact on our profession,” said Louis Capozzi, president of the Foundation. “She’s continuing to innovate at Weber Shandwick. We’re thrilled to recognize her contributions.”
Ms. Otto will be the seventh public relations “Paladin.” (A paladin was a champion of causes in heraldic times.) Past honorees include John Graham, Marcia Silverman, Jon Iwata, Harold Burson, Dan Edelman and Harris Diamond.
The PRSA Foundation has launched a major effort to drive diversity in public relations. “Through partnerships with the United Negro College Fund, the Arthur Page Society, the PR Council, the Plank Center and major universities we fund programs aimed at attracting more minority students to careers in public relations, and making them better prepared to serve the industry and society when they get here,” said Capozzi. “The Paladin Dinner is a major cornerstone in the fundraising we do to make those programs possible.”
Dinner Chairs for the event are MSL Group and Procter & Gamble. A sell-out crowd of about 200 industry leaders from both corporate communications departments and public relations firms is expected for the event, where Ms. Otto will present her thoughts on leadership.
For more information on the PRSA Foundation or the Paladin Dinner, contact Wendy Gallo, Foundation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.