Gainesville, Fla. — The Institute for Public Relations is excited to welcome seven new members to IPR ELEVATE, a diverse and select membership community of high-achieving leaders who are catalysts for growth, change, and innovation through the support of the insights-focused mission of IPR.

In 2024, we welcome new IPR ELEVATE leadership with IPR Trustee Jamie McLaughlin, CEO and co-founder of Monday Talent, and Jenn Francis, current IPR ELEVATE member and Corporate Communications Leader at Accenture, will chair the membership. Janine Savarese, CEO of NextTech Communications, will serve as vice-chair.

“I’m honored to serve as chair of this talented community in support of advancing its efforts as a collective of achievers, innovators and catalysts of change,” said Jenn Francis, associate director, corporate communications at Accenture. “On behalf of the leadership team, I’m thrilled to welcome our newly appointed members to IPR ELEVATE.”

Launched in 2022, IPR ELEVATE has grown its ranks to 36 with the addition of these communications leaders.

Briana Bryant, MPA, Director, NP Strategy

Erica Campbell, Vice President of Global PR, Hines

Zifei Fay Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of San Francisco

Brianne Nurick, Managing Director and Head of New York, TrailRunner International

Synim N. Rivers, Senior Director, R&D Communications, Amgen, Inc

Rory Sheehan, Head of Enterprise Communications, Citizens Financial Group

Steve Tatum, Associate Director, Corporate Communications, Valent U.S.A.

IPR ELEVATE consists of accomplished communication professionals at mid- and senior-level positions, boasting a minimum of 10 years of experience across various industries and backgrounds. Membership is determined by the IPR ELEVATE Committee, which is comprised of esteemed CCOs, agency leaders, nonprofit executives, academic professionals, and executive search leaders.

As IPR ELEVATE members, these leaders will gain access to cutting-edge research, in-person and virtual events, and valuable opportunities for learning, networking, and mentorship with IPR Trustees. They will also contribute to IPR Commissions or Centers of Excellence, as well as designated committees or task forces. The next deadline for applications is on February 16, 2024.

Application and Nomination Forms for IPR ELEVATE:

Membership applications for IPR ELEVATE are available on the IPR website at Membership is $3500 annually ($1750 for nonprofit organizations) for a two-year renewable term.

Nominations can also be supported by a member of the IPR community. For more information, visit or contact Anetra Henry, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, at

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Anetra Henry
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
Institute for Public Relations

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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