Relentless Intelligence and Operational Professionalism by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and US Navy Credited with Locating 9/11 Mastermind

 Register Online to Attend June 6-7 Summit in Arlington, VA

ARLINGTON, VAMay 2, 2011 –The Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) – where highly advanced technologies are credited with pinpointing the location of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden – will speak about “communicating in an era of radical transparency” at the National Summit on Strategic Communications on Tuesday, June 7, in Arlington, VA.

Letitia A. Long, NGIA Director since August 2010 and formerly Deputy Director of the Defense ntelligence Agency, will speak to senior communications, public relations and public affairs executives from corporations, the military and government agencies at the 2nd annual Strategic Summit.  Online registration is now available at

Also delivering a keynote on Monday, June 6, is Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, who will address how and why communications is a strategic imperative in today’s United States Navy. In addition to relentless intelligence, the success of the operation to kill or capture bin Laden is being credited to operational professionalism by a team that included Navy Seals.

 The Strategic Summit is organized annually by the non-profit Institute for Public Relations ( Leaders in business, military and government public affairs gather at the event to analyze current global challenges and share game-changing strategies for effective communications. The event is highly interactive and designed for takeaway learning with multiple opportunities for participants to interact with the keynote speakers and other faculty.

The Summit is co-hosted by ExL Events and is sponsored by, GE, Shell Oil Company and USAA.  Media partners include PR Newswire, PR News and O’Dwyer PR.

A complete agenda, faculty list and registration is at

Participants will take away actionable strategies to address today’s top communications challenges.

  • Creating organizational cultures that value communications
  • Identifying the balance between increasing accessibility and knowledge-sharing ─ and the new reality of radical transparency
  • Strategies to counter inclinations to “lock down” access and free flow of data and information at precisely the time when more transparency and conversation with stakeholders is needed
  • Enabling enterprise-wide access to information – on-demand and on-line – as a catalyst to synchronizing and integrating government departments or business functions.
  • Using on-demand, fact-based information to lead thought in social media.
  • And Much More

“This Strategic Summit is an exceptional opportunity to interact directly leaders from two of the nation’s top intelligence and military organizations,” said Robert Grupp, Summit Director and a Trustee of the Institute for Public Relations. “We expect Director Long and Admiral Roughead and other faculty to share their experiences and endorse the value of professional public relations and public affairs in today’s volatile business and military environments.”

Keynote presentations include:

Communicating in an Era of Radical Transparency – Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

 Communications as a Strategic Imperative – Admiral Gary Roughhead, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S Navy

Snapshot of Speakers:

  • Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CARGILL
  • Rear Admiral “T” McCreary, US Navy (ret), President of Military Advantage and Vice President of Monster Worldwide; formerly Director of Strategic Communication for the NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER AND THE U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
  • Dr. Kristin M. Lord, Vice President and Director of Studies at the CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY. Formerly, Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at , THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
  • James Savage, Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND
  • Bob Pearson, Chief Technology & Media Officer, WCG; formerly Vice President of Communities and Conversations at DELL INC
  • Tracy Faulkner, Vice President, External Affairs, SHELL OIL COMPANY
  • Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Vice Chairman, BURSON-MARSTELLER, and Chairman, PENN SCHOEN BERLAND. Previously, Assistant to the President and White House Director of Strategic Planning and Communications
  • Christophe Ginisty, CEO, RUMEUR PUBLIQUE (France), and President and Founder, INTERNET SANS FRONTIÈRES
  • H. Wesley Metheny, Senior Vice President, PhRMA
  • Gordon Lambourne, Sr. Vice President, Global Public Relations, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
  • Raymond Kearns Jr., Vice President External Affairs & Communications, PFIZER INC.

 This event will sell out.  Register now to reserve your spot.

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 About Institute for Public Relations

IPR is an independent non-profit foundation that answers the need for evidence and accountability in communications and public relations. IPR plays a critical role in bridging the academic world with the profession to ensure that the best thinking and knowledge are applied for the benefit of today’s demanding business world.

 About ExL Events
ExL Events, Inc., is an industry leader in developing innovative and educational conferences that serve various communities and allied professionals. Behind our diverse conference portfolio, our experienced team conducts extensive market research and targeted outreach. The results translate into innovative, high-quality conference events designed to exceed the dynamic informational needs of today’s leading professionals.


Robert Grupp, 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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