Greenlee graduate and senior director of Walgreens Health and Pharmacy Communications, Kelli Teno, will speak about the public relations industry at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications’ 2022 Futures Forum at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in the Memorial Union’s Campanile Room.
Teno’s experience spans global and U.S. communications supporting pharmaceutical, retail and healthcare brands and companies. As head of Walgreens Health and Pharmacy communications, Teno helps internal and external audiences understand Walgreens rapidly expanding role in transforming healthcare through the delivery of innovative pharmacy, health and primary care services.
Public relations impacts every area of communications, and understanding how to pass information effectively is a valuable skill in the industry. With the COVID-19 pandemic, communicators strove to educate large audiences on complex issues.
Teno led communications supporting Walgreens national rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, a monumental and historical healthcare initiative resulting in 30,000+ placements across virtually every national and local media outlet across the country.
She was recently shortlisted for PR Week’s Purpose Driven Communicator and has received numerous other awards from organizations including Big Apple Award, Ragan PR Daily and PRWeek.
Teno graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s in journalism and mass communication.
The Futures Forum is an annual event hosted by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and is sponsored by William F. and Linda Z. Tubbs. It connects industry leaders in advertising, journalism and mass communication and public relations with Iowa State University students.
A thirty-minute question-and-answer session will follow Teno’s presentation, which is free and open to the public.
The event will be livestreamed via YouTube and available to the public.
Teno will speak at a professional lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall room 172 that is open to students only and limited to 30 people. Students who are interested can sign up here.