Education Communicators Boot Camp 3

25-26 October, Hyatt Regency, Atlanta

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About the Event

Welcome to the third edition of the Education Communicators Boot Camp!

With cutting edge presentations by PR and communications professionals from some of North America's leading Universities, the Education Communicators Boot Camp 2 is a must attend ever for all PR and communications professionals working in higher education. 

Please note that the Boot Camp is a live, in-person event limited to 70 participants only. For those that choose to attend the event virtually, all content from the Boot Camp will be live-streamed online in real-time and recorded for you to watch in case you miss anything. 

Benefits of attending:

  • See how communicators from North America's leading Universities have adapted their PR strategy in the face of COVID-19.
  • Master the latest trends in digital communications and marketing.
  • Adapt your content strategy to effectively leverage stories, live video and ephemeral content.
  • Create an integrated communications strategy to amplify research, connect faculty and elevate faculty profile with the public and the media.
  • Use data to increase the number of inquiries to your programs.
  • Build a strong international brand.
  • Develop a plan for communicating about a campus crisis in an age where everyone is a reporter.
  • Ensure you respond with the required speed in an emergency and explore how to gain control of your narrative in a crisis. 
  • Benchmark your organisation against the successes and failures of others.






Facts & Figures


  • Previous delegates at the Boot Camp include senior communications and PR professionals from: Saint Joseph's University, Harvard-Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Dalhousie University , Lamar University , Phillips Academy Andover, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology , Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, La Sierra University, Duke University, The Ohio State University, Sustainability Institute, Mount Holyoke College , Westminster Theological Seminary , USC Iovine and Young Academy , CSU, Gladstone Institutes , UALR William H. Bowen School of, Law , Neumann University , Fordham Law School , PCOM Georgia , Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis , University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Colorado State University....


Allison Turcio Siena College

Kate A. Szalda Siena College

Molly Gluck Boston University

Sunni Brown University of Richmond

Keith McCluskey Harvard Law School

Donald Steel Former Chief Communications Advisor, BBC



Agile for Higher Education: Processes and Tools for Digital and Marketing Strategy

Keith will discuss how to apply Agile to higher education, in both the digital and marketing spaces, by aligning teams and tools to drive more efficient results in resource-constrained environments. He's successfully overseen a digital transformation at Harvard Law School, moving the entire school to a modern web platform and strategy, and  the marketing of the Bicentennial of the school, where two years worth of planning culminated in a year-long series of celebrations.
Keith McCluskey, Senior Director of Online Strategy, Office of Communications, Harvard Law School


Session TBC


Elevating Expertise: Leveraging Faculty and Staff Experts Across Communications Platforms
Every college campus has experts who can contribute to their areas of research and professional skills to the news of the day. But finding those experts and connecting them with media opportunities isn’t easy. And once you’ve landed a media placement, how can you get the most out of your efforts? Sunni Brown, director of media and public relations at the University of Richmond, will share how to not only best leverage experts to land national media opportunities but also maximize them by showcasing how media placements can be used across University platforms (print publications, websites, presidential communications, etc.) to reach target audiences.
Sunni Brown Director of Media and Public Relations, University of Richmond


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Session TBC


Your Best Marketers Are Your Students
In this session, Allison and Kate will share with you how to create a more personal, student-centered approach to marketing and admissions—and give current students a solid professional experience that helps them stand out in the job market.

Allison Turcio, Director of Digital Strategy, Siena College
Kate A. Szalda, Director Of Admissions, Siena College


Session TBC


Closing Discussion


End of Day One

10.00 - 16.00

A Full Day Crisis Simulation Workshop with Donald Steel, Former Chief Communications Adviser at BBC and UK's Leading Expert on Crisis and Reputation Management
The past year has shown us how we, and our institutions can rapidly adapt at a time of global crisis.  In an environment where rules were often relaxed whilst students and staff were learning new ways of working, the education sector displayed a medal winning response.
It’s not over yet, but a different crisis may be waiting around the corner to hit just as we are at our most exhausted and vulnerable.
In this one day specialist workshop, international crisis communicator Donald Steel will lift your vision and energy to make sure your organisation is fully crisis communications ready. 
In this fully interactive and engaging day, together we will discover what success looks like in crisis communications and gather learning from situations where people have got it right.  We will also find solutions together and hear from the experience of each other.
We will explore how the cameraphone will dictate the narrative in a crisis, and how we must broaden our crisis communications response to include pictures as well as words if we wish to succeed.
At the end of this workshop you will:
- Understand the relationship between advance preparation and speed in crisis communications
- Be equipped to review your organisation’s tone, language and style on social media in a crisis
- Be familiar with aggressive question types in crisis media interviews and how to deal with them
- Be ready to review your organisation’s crisis communications plan in the light of the workshop
You will leave the workshop feeling energised, with a checklist of actions to take back as you seek to take your crisis preparedness to the next level.

Donald Steel is a widely admired crisis communicator who works internationally with clients from a range of settings, from healthcare to aviation and government bodies, as well as high profile individuals.  London-based, he is Vice-President, Crisis Communications, at Kenyon International Emergency Services.  With headquarters in Houston and London, Kenyon has been dealing with mass fatality incidents for more than a century, including natural disasters, terrorism and aviation incidents.  A former chief media spokesman at the British Broadcasting Corp., Donald’s clients include universities and schools, UN agencies, broadcasting and entertainment companies, government departments and high profile individuals.  He has recently made acclaimed appearances at the Canadian Association of Education Communicators Conference in Winnipeg and the Girls Schools Association Conference in London.  Donald began as a Registered General Nurse in Scotland, and worked in regional neurosurgical and trauma units during a ten year hospital career.  He is a regular lecturer in crisis communications at the London School of Economics and the University of Westminster.


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Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30303
Tel: +1 404 577 1234 | Fax: +1 404 460 6444 |


Hyatt Regency Atlanta is in the heart of Atlanta, just blocks from sports and concerts at Mercedes Benz Stadium, events at the Georgia World Congress Center and attractions like Centennial Olympic Park. The Peachtree Center MARTA train station is next door, connecting us to the airport (a 30-minute ride) and making our hotel the perfect base to explore Atlanta’s neighborhoods, restaurants and rich history.