Kerry & Linda Killinger Foundation to sponsor 2019 Greenlee Summit

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AMES, Iowa – The Kerry & Linda Killinger Foundation has pledged a grant of $80,000 to support the 2019 Greenlee Summit, hosted by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.

The 2019 Greenlee Summit will take place September 5-6, 2019, in Ames, Iowa, on the Iowa State University campus and will promote discussion on media, politics and civil discourse as the 2020 election cycle begins to heat up.

The grant will allow the school to build upon the momentum of its inaugural 2018 Greenlee Summit, which took place April 6, 2018, at the Alumni Center in Ames. The sold-out event addressed changes in the fields of advertising, journalism and public relations.

“By bringing together some of the brightest minds in the industry and members of our community for thoughtful, engaged and civil discussion, the Summit allows the Greenlee School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to contribute to Iowa State’s land-grant mission of sharing knowledge and improving lives in the state, nation and world,” said Angela Powers, Greenlee School director.

The 2019 Greenlee Summit will draw top speakers, including experienced media professionals and civic leaders, to address the most pressing issues of the day.

The Kerry & Linda Killinger Foundation’s mission includes enhancing community by being advocates for civil discourse. As the major founding sponsor of the Summit, the foundation will also help bring about quality content, speakers and conversations.

“Our goal is to draw our community together to increase our understanding of one another and to bring forward solutions to our most challenging issues. We believe the quality of our conversation reflects the quality of our community,” Linda Killinger said.

The Killingers are Iowa natives, and alumna Linda Killinger is a member of the Iowa State College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. She also serves as an Iowa State University Foundation Governor. She was the Director of Administration for the Iowa Department of Human Services and later a consulting partner with an international accounting firm.

A committee including faculty, students, Greenlee Advisory Council members, influential community members, potential media partners and others will help assemble a lineup of high-caliber speakers and dynamic panels focused on relevant topics.

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