Gainesville, FL– The Institute for Public Relations welcomes a new cohort of IPR ELEVATE members, a collective of ambitious and entrepreneurial leaders committed to the research-focused mission of IPR, which is to promote the science beneath the art of public relations.

IPR ELEVATE will celebrate its one-year anniversary this April. Since its launch, the membership has grown to include 30 of the industry’s top professionals globally.

“I am excited to lead such a talented and inspiring group of professionals,” said Katherine Burns, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Engagement at L’Oréal USA and IPR ELEVATE Chair. “It’s been a great first year and we are looking forward to welcoming more talented members to the organization.”

IPR ELEVATE welcomes:

Frank Clouser, USAA, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications
Amrita Dhindsa, Boeing, Senior Manager, Business Development Communications
Karen Garnik, APR, Global Vision Marketing & Communications, President & CEO
Rob Key, Converseon, CEO
Leyla Kokmen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Executive Director, Communications
Emily Kuchman, Ariel Investments, Senior Manager, Communications
Teresa Mastin, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Professor & Chairperson
Agatha Newman, Astellas, Director, Medical & Development Communication
Brittany Paxman, Point 600, Managing Partner
Janine Savarese, NextTech Communications, CEO
Carina Sitkus, Lehigh University, Director of Communications
Andrea Williams, Diversity Action Alliance, Director of Strategic Projects

“The IPR Board of Trustees is proud to watch ELEVATE continue to flourish and grow,” said Yanique Woodall, Vice President of Communications and Customer Experience at CVS Health and Chair of the Board at IPR. “We look forward to working with them on advancing the mission of our organization.”

On September 13, 2023, the collective will convene in New York City for its inaugural IPR ELEVATE Forum.  The Forum is an exclusive event for IPR ELEVATE members to gather and learn from research experts in the field. The Forum will feature presentations on the vital topics in the industry, such as the evolution of digital communication, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.

IPR ELEVATE comprises mid- and senior-level, high-achieving communication professionals with at least 10 years of experience from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. The membership will be limited to fewer than 40 leaders. Members are elected by the IPR ELEVATE Committee comprising top CCOs and agency, nonprofit, academic, and executive search leaders. IPR ELEVATE members have access to the latest research, in-person and virtual events, as well as learning, networking, and mentorship opportunities with IPR Trustees. IPR ELEVATE members also serve on IPR Commissions & Centers of Excellence, designated committees, or task forces. Applications are being accepted for the next cohort until June 1, 2023.

Application and Nomination forms for IPR ELEVATE are available on the IPR website at

 Membership is $3,500 annually ($1,750 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 

About the Institute for Public Relations
The Institute for Public Relations is an independent, non-profit research foundation dedicated to fostering greater use of research and research-based knowledge in corporate communication and the public relations practice. IPR is dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations. IPR provides timely insights and applied intelligence that professionals can put to immediate use. All research, including a weekly research letter, is available for free at 


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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