Gail Heimann is President of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms with offices in 78 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. Gail brings a relentless pursuit of ideas that touch, move, build, transform and deliver results for clients. She helps accelerate innovation and activation across the firm’s global practice areas, digital services and analytics operations. Gail has helped to build brands and burnish reputations for leading clients in the personal care, food and beverage, quick service restaurant, healthcare, finance and technology categories — including work with PepsiCo, Unilever, Electrolux, Mondelez, Ocean Spray, Nespresso, Chobani, General Motors, Microsoft and Verizon, among others.
Gail was a catalyst in Weber Shandwick being named as the only PR agency on Advertising Age’s A-List in 2014 and 2015, PRWeek’s 2017, 2016 and 2015 U.S. Agency of the Year, PRWeek’s 2016 and 2015 Global Agency of the Year and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year for 2015 and 2014. She was president of the Public Relations Jury at the 2012 Cannes Lions and a member of the inaugural Glass Lion jury in 2015, which celebrates work that breaks through gender bias and stereotypes. In 2016, Gail was inducted into PRWeek’s inaugural Hall of Femme, recognizing female trailblazers in communications. She was also named to The Holmes Report’s 2015 North America Innovator 25 list, which celebrates individuals who accelerate innovation and push boundaries within the public relations industry. Earlier in her career, Gail was an Advertising Age Woman to Watch.
Gail and her husband have two daughters and live in New York City.
Jon Silvan is Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (GSG), recently named winner of Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by leading PR industry trade journal The Holmes Report. Recognized by PR Week’s Global Power Book as one of the most influential communications strategists in the U.S., Jon has guided GSG’s growth over the last 20 plus years from a boutique market research agency into a full-service public affairs firms with an award-winning team of over 100 professionals in five offices across the U.S.
Lee McEnany Caraher is the founder and CEO of Double Forte, a national public relations and digital media agency, based in San Francisco, that works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. Lee is a highly sought after communications expert known for her business building acumen and insights.
Kim Sample focuses on helping the PR Council’s 100-plus member agencies thrive and elevating the PR profession overall. Prior to joining the PRC in August 2018, Kim was the founder/CEO of Emanate, a $35 million, 100+ person international marketing communications agency. During her tenure Emanate was named PR WEEK Agency of the Year and CRAIN’S Best Places to Work in NYC, and the team’s work for clients was recognized with numerous industry awards. Kim also worked at Ketchum, Marina Maher Communications and Golin earlier in her career, and has served Fortune 500 clients across a number of industries, including financial services, travel and hospitality, CPG and consumer electronics.