COM Week to Feature Comcast Sports VP

Phil Bedella

Phil Bedella

Speakers from the Comcast Sports Network InStyle magazine are among those who will highlight Communication Week 2014 from Monday, April 14, through Thursday, April 17. With the theme of  Envision, Engage, Embark , COM Week will link successful alums and professionals with students. Speakers from Cisco, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Weber Shandwick, In Style, DBY Events & Invitations and Everygirl round out the keynotes.

“Through participating in COM Week, students will have the opportunity to envision the possibilities, engage with others and embark on their professional journeys,” said senior public relations major Abigail Brennan. She is the social media intern for the School of Communication Promotions and Development team, which coordinates the event. 

Phil Bedella, ’88, Comcast Sports Network vice president and general manager, leads off the week at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA), room 151. Bedella will discuss his career in sports communication, from his beginning career with the Chicago Cubs to his current position.

Jennifer Thompson will discuss communicating through a crisis at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in DeGarmo 306. Thompson is the global client relationship manager for Edelman, which involves coordinating all of the various and global work streams underway for General Electric.

Kevin Petschow, ’81, member of the global public relations team for Cisco, and Steve Smith, ’89, M.S. ’93, CEO and executive director of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, will speak at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in CVA, room 151.

Angelica Colantuoni, senior vice president in digital for Weber Shandwick, will speak at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Stevenson Hall, room 101. Colantuoni has over 13 years of extensive experience in consumer engagement, digital and word-of-mouth marketing, strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications and event management.

Photo editor for and freelance Rolling Stone photographer Alex Reside, ’10, will speak at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in CVA, room 151.  Reside will talk about his path to accomplishment, including an internship with Rolling Stone.

Kasey Larson, DBY Events & Invitations president and co-founder, will speak at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in CVA, room 145.

The Everygirl co-founders Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the CVA, room 151.

The Everygirl is the ultimate online resource helping shape creative, career-driven women and has been named a Top 100 Website for Women by Forbes two years in a row. 

COM Week panels of experts will lead discussions with students on topics including advertising, event planning, agency public relations, crisis communication, global communication and entrepreneurship. 

Traditional COM Week special events include the Documentary Film Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Caterpillar Auditorium in State Farm Hall of Business with award-winning filmmaker and School of Communication faculty member John McHale. 

The final day of COM Week 2014 will feature the COM Week Career Institute, a networking fair for students seeking internships and careers. Students can meet with recruiters on a walk-in basis. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 17, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. It will include professional guidance in interviewing, resumes and portfolio-building.

Another annual highlight is the School of Communication Awards and Scholarships Luncheon, honoring the best among SoC students and alumni. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Circus Room at the Bone Student Center.

All COM Week activities are sponsored by the School of Communication. For more information, go online.

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