Futures Forum

Kim Guthrie presents in front of a group of students at the Memorial Union.

The Futures Forum is an annual event hosted by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. It brings industry leaders in advertising, journalism and mass communication and public relations to campus to connect with Iowa State University students. Presenters share their career and networking advice to help students as they prepare for their future careers and offer their insights on the future direction of our industries. The event is sponsored by William F. and Linda Z. Tubbs.

Fall 2022

“The Growing Role of Communications: Using Purpose as a Guiding Light”
Kelli Teno, senior director, Walgreens Health and Pharmacy Communications

Fall 2021

Photojournalism and Digital Storytelling panel

  • Leigh Vogel, past president and member of Women Photojournalists of Washington
  • Emily Kestel, visual journalist, Business Record
  • Kelsey Kremer, photojournalist, Des Moines Register
  • Moderator: Deni Chamberlin, associate professor

Fall 2020

“10 Powerful Ways to Catch Employers’ Attention and Launch a Strong Career”
Drew Harden, President and Co-Founder of Blue Compass

Fall 2019

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
Joel Davis, VP/general manager of WRAL TV and WRAZ TV

Fall 2018

“From the Iowa Cornfield to the New York Boardroom”
Kim Guthrie, president of Cox Media Group

Fall 2017

“The Art of Promotion: How to Build a Brand for Yourself and Your Business”
Kelly Howard, CEO of EightSixtySouth

Fall 2016

“Multimedia and the 2016 Presidential Election”

  • Tim Albrecht, Albrecht Public Relations
  • Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register
  • Lissandra Villa, Buzzfeed News
  • Moderator: Catherine Huggins, lecturer

Spring 2016

“Digital Storytelling 101 with The Des Moines Register”

Fall 2015

“The Media: Informants or Enablers?”

  • Rick Jost, Gannett Co.
  • Claire Powell, ABC Local 5 News
  • Lee Rood, Des Moines Register
  • Kevin Waetke, National Pork Board

Spring 2015

“It’s About a Conversation: Standing Out on Social Media”

  • Aaron Hepker, WHO-TV
  • Don Moxley, FleishmanHillard
  • Emilee Richardson, Science Center of Iowa
  • Justin Wise, Think Digital
  • Moderator: Rick Phillips, Nationwide

Fall 2014

“Does Your Career Depend on Your Gender?”

  • Gloria Jones Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Janette Larkin, Business Publications Corporation, Inc.
  • Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register
  • Doug Spong, Spong PR
  • Jolene Stevens, veteran journalist
  • Moderator: Joel Geske, Iowa State University

Spring 2014

“Diverse Pathways for Journalism and Mass Communication and Advertising Graduates”

  • Lindsey Borg, Lockheed Martin
  • David Donovan, Wilmer Hale
  • Rose Donovan, Autism After 16
  • Lisa Kingsley, Waterbury Publications
  • Lynn Manternack, MindFire Communications
  • Torey Robinson, Drake University
  • Moderator: Dan Winters, WHO-TV

Fall 2013

“Breaking Bad: Five Good Habits to Pick UP Before Your First Internship or Job”

  • Sally Adams, Weber Shandwick
  • Chris Conetzkey, Business Publications
  • Nicole McClure, GRX Holding
  • Rod Peterson, WHO-TV
  • Moderator: Dave Sprau, 1430 KASI

Spring 2012

“Where are They Now? Recent Grads Discuss Their Transitions Into the Professional World”

  • Brennan Buckley and Lindsay Petermeier, Iowa Realty
  • Doug Spong, Carmichael Lynch Spong
  • Jan Touney and Rashah McChesney, Quad City Times
  • Jarden Ransom, KTTC TV
  • Moderator: Sean McLaughlin, KPHO TV

Fall 2011

“Make a Name for Yourself in the Job Market: Creating Your Online Brand”

  • Barb Iverson, Weber Shandwick
  • Madison Mayberry, Meredith Corporation
  • Tim Paluch, Des Moines Register
  • Nathan Wright, Lava Row
  • Moderator: Sean McLaughlin, KPHO TV