Villanova Communication Alumni Network

You’re a Crisis Communicator Whether You Know It or Not

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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About the event

Location: Villanova University Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova, PA 19085
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the leadership of the Villanova Communication Alumni Network (VCAN) for its debut professional development event on campus, keynote and panel discussion: You're a Crisis Communicator Whether You Know it Or Not.

Nearly every communications professional—at any level and across all industries—must be prepared to communicate about crises impacting the organizations and individuals they represent by navigating tried communication methods in the ever-evolving tech platforms. The panel will be moderated by William Cowen, EdD, assistant professor of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University and founder of VCAN.

The cost to attend the event is $10 and space is limited so please register today! A portion of the registration fee will go toward future VCAN programming. Refreshments, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. 

Keynote speaker

Kate Allison '79 CLAS
Founder and CEO, Karma Agency

Kate has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to venture enterprises providing strategic planning, leadership communications, public affairs, earned media, issues and crisis management and community relations. She founded Alta Communications in 1999, the foremother of the Karma Agency.

Previously, as the managing director of the Philadelphia office of Golin/Harris, she directed communication programs for global companies including dominant brands in financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, non-profits, environment, and consumer products. Prior to this, Kate spent 10 years at a super-regional bank and was Vice President of Public Affairs.

Consistently called on by executive leaders, Kate provides counsel and strategic plans to build and protect the reputations of a diverse range of companies and organizations.


Mitch Blacher '19 EMBA, Investigative Reporter, NBC10 Philadelphia
Dave Clarke '05, Founder/Lead Strategist, Authentic Matters
Emily DiTomo '98, Director of Public Relations, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Melissa Fordyce '04, Director for Communications, Presby's Inspired Life
Jessica Murphy '16, Senior Associate, Finsbury

Event Timeline

6-6:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
6:35-6:45 p.m. - Kate Allison keynote address
6:45-7:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion with Q&A
7:30-8 p.m. - Refreshments/networking

We look forward to seeing you!


dana.jacob@villanova.edu or call 1-800-VILLANOVA (1-800-845-5266)

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