General John Allen to Headline National Summit on Strategic Communications on April 22 in Washington DC

General John Allen to Headline National Summit on Strategic Communications on
                          April 22 in Washington DC

Former Commander of NATO International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan Joins Chief Communications Officers from the U.S. Navy, Siemens,
Huntington Ingalls, IBM, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, ITT Exelis, Cubic,
Bell Helicopter and more

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --One of America's top military
commanders, Marine General John Allen, will deliver the opening keynote at the
4th National Summit on Strategic Communications on April 22-23 in Washington
DC when leaders and CEOs from corporate, military and government
communications, public relations and public affairs assemble to share best
practices and identify and discuss strategies which enhance engagement.

General Allen will speak about the fundamental values and enabling strategies
that best equip leaders and organizations to compete successfully in today's
complicated world – communicating across geographies and cultures in an often
contentious environment crowded with new media.

A complete agenda, faculty and registration information is available at The conference venue is the Washington Plaza Hotel in
Washington DC.

General Allen led forces in Afghanistan for 19 months, from mid-2011 through
February 2013. Prior to that, General Allen was deputy commander of the U.S.
Central Command. He is retiring after a distinguished career in the U.S.

"Research among CEOs suggests that military training offers an early
opportunity for professionals to acquire hands-on leadership experience that
cannot be found in the corporate world," said Robert Grupp, Summit Director
and chair of the non-profit Strategic Communications Leadership Initiative.
"We are delighted to have this four-star general join faculty at our fourth
Strategic Summit to provide insights that explain why skills learned in
military enhance success in corporate life."

The unique annual Strategic Summit aims its program at the intersection of
corporate communications, military public affairs and government relations.
The event typically draws 100 senior professionals who work in one of these
sectors and in non-governmental organizations and academics.

Other speakers featured on the April 22-23 agenda include:

  oJohn Suttle, SVP Communications, BAE Systems
  oRear Admiral John Kirby , Chief of Information, US NAVY
  oRobert T. Hastings, SVP Communications and Government Affairs, BELL
  oJames Whaley , SVP Communications and Marketing, SIEMENS
  oDiane Melley , VP Citizenship Initiatives, IBM CORPORATION
  oMark Laity , Chief, Strategic Communications, SUPREME HDQRS ALLIED POWERS
  oMarcia Bullard , Board Chair, AMERICA'S CHARITIES
  oDavid Albritton , VP & Chief Communications Officer, ITT EXCELIS
  oRayid Ghani, former Chief Scientist for Data Analytics,  OBAMA 2012
  oDiane Melley, VP Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM

Summit sponsors include, BAE Systems, Inc., Cubic Corporation, Huntington
Ingalls Industries, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Siemens, Bell Helicopter,
Bulletin News and TVEyes. Media Partners include O'Dwyer PR.


The SCLI is a non-profit organization established to advance the profession by
providing thought leadership and setting standards for practicing strategic
communications. The SCLI connects a community of senior executives,
communications directors and public affairs officers from corporations, the
military, government agencies and other non-profit organizations and NGOs.
With an active volunteer Board of Advisors, the SCLI organizes the annual
National Summit on Strategic Communications and conducts interactive programs,
seminars and training to share knowledge and expertise within the professional

For Further Information

Robert W. Grupp
Summit Director

SOURCE National Summit on Strategic Communications

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