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Guest Speakers

We routinely welcome professionals from the marketing communications industry to our campuses and classes to share their expertise and network with students. Some of these professionals present in classes and some serve as speakers or panelists at Medill events.

They provide great learning opportunities for students and help connect them with current changes in the industry.

Here are some of the speakers who have visited Medill recently, some of whom are Medill alumni and former or current colleagues of Medill faculty members:

  • Joe Rosenthal (MSJ94), Content Director at OgilvyOne Worldwide
  • Justin Skala, Chief Operations Officer at Colgate
  • Jack Modzelewski (MSJ80), former Global President, Senior Partner at FleishmanHillard
  • Rachel Smith, Assistant Vice President - Customer Marketing, Coca-Cola
  • Shekar Swamy (MSA80), CEO at RKSwamy
  • Randy Sprenger, Manager - Customer Lifecycle Marketing at Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Gary Behlow, SVP and Director of Client Services at Nielsen Company
  • Adam Rogowin, Senior Executive Director of Communications at the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Brad Prenger, Senior Sales Consultant at Google
  • Mike Moynihan, VP Global Marketing Excellence at LEGO
  • Sara Granack (IMC02), Senior Director at Grainger
  • Rich Lehrfeld, Senior VP of Global Media, Communications, and Experiences at American Express
  • Phil Barden, author of "Decoded" and former VP of Consumer Business at T-Mobile
  • Josh Davis, Founder of Epic Digital 
  • Kevin Plashton, Head of Brand Marketing at GoFundMe 
  • Andrea Collins, Head of Marketing at Hippo
  • DJ Capobianco, Research Manager at Twitter
  • Dhwani Desai (IMC18), Marketing Manager at Facebook
  • Nadir Hussain, VP of Digital Marketing at Shutterfly
  • Kevin Platshon, Senior Director of Marketing at Venmo
  • Jon Suarez-Davies, SVP at Salesforce
  • Suraj Rajdev, Sales Strategy and Analytics Lead at Google
  • Michael Simone, Senior Manager at Deloitte
  • Brooke Skinner Ricketts, CMO at
  • Heather Malenshek, CMO at Harley-Davidson