[October Luncheon] PResponsibly: Ethics in Communication

October 6, 2017  |  Meeting Info


In the new age of media, brands have more control than ever over their content and public image. However, with great power comes great responsibility. How do we ensure that we are practicing our profession to the highest ethical standard and battle the public perception of PR professionals as “spin doctors?”

We’ll get the answers to these questions and more from our three panelists, Burr Ingram, VP of Communications and Marketing at Huntsville Hospital, Megan Cotton Gully, Public Affairs Specialist for U.S. Army Materiel Command, and Robert Lane, President/CEO of Carleton PR, Inc.

Megan Cotton Gully, Public Affairs Apecialist for the U.S. Army Materiel Command
Megan Cotton Gully is a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal. She increases understanding of AMC’s mission through community engagement, internal communications, and media relations. In March 2017, she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and managed social media accounts for NATO’s 39-member-nation coalition that is conducting ‘train, advise, and assist’ operations in Afghanistan. Prior to arriving at AMC, she served as a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Army Garrison-Redstone, where she was primarily responsible for planning and executing the command’s community engagement strategies and social media efforts. She also worked for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Public and Congressional Affairs Office, starting her career as a summer hire. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 2016 she was name the Department of the Army’s Civilian Print Journalist of the Year and in 2015 she was named the Association of the United States Army- Redstone/Huntsville Chapter Civilian of the Year Support Staff.


Burr Ingram, Vice President-Communications & Marketing for Huntsville HospitalBurr Ingram has served as vice president of communications and marketing for Huntsville Hospital since 1988. Burr was raised in Montgomery and graduated from Auburn University in 1974. Prior to coming to Huntsville he worked with Baptist Medical Center and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, both in Montgomery. In Huntsville he has served on the boards of several community organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, United Way, Blount Hospitality House, Better Business Bureau, Junior Achievement of North Alabama, and the Christian Women’s Job Corp. He is a graduate Leadership Class 10 and a past board member of the program.


Robert Lane, President/CEO of Carleton PR/LawCall
With over 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, Robert’s expertise is mapping out detailed strategy for effective promotions. He understands the subtleties of the issues and can create a plan that gets everyone what they want. Robert has worked extensively in telecommunications as a news anchor, promotions director and operations manager for over-the-air broadcasters. His projects have included the week-long televised City Election Forums, staging and coordinating live, televised hearings for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, producing An Evening with Willard Scott for The Arts Council, managing and producing 31 Law Line, a weekly live television show on legal issues, and the HomeTown Heroes program for Comcast and The Huntsville Times.



When: Wednesday, October 18

11:30 AM Networking & Lunch
12:00 PM NAPRCA Updates
12:15 PM Speaker Begins
1:00 PM Wrap Up

Where: Redstone Federal Credit Union
GPS Address: 220 Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35893

Price: $20 for Non Members, $15 for Members, $12 for Students

Select to either pay in advance when you register OR register only and pay at the door when you arrive.

The RSVP deadline for the September Luncheon is Monday, October 16 at 5 PM.


See you on Wednesday, October 18!

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