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Beginning in Fall 2022, the part-time Master’s degree in Strategic Communication is moving to a primarily-online format for working professionals based in or outside of the New York City area.
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Winter Symposium

The Columbia SPS M.S. in Strategic Communication program proudly presents the first Annual Winter Symposium.

Courageous Impact: Strategic Communication in a Changing World

Friday, January 20, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET

The Winter Symposium is an opportunity for Strategic Communication students, faculty and alumni to come together for a day of thought-provoking ideas and leadership development. This in-person conference will highlight ways in which strategic communicators can lead on matters of societal importance. 

This one-day event happens each January on-campus and is required for students enrolled in The Authentic Leader.

SCHEDULE (Eastern Time):

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  - Check-in and Coffee

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks

  • Kristine Billmyer, Ph.D., Program Director, Strategic Communication Program, Professor of Professional Practice, Dean Emerita, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Keynote Address

Communicating to Save Our Climate

  • David Fenton, Chair and Founder, Fenton Communications; Author, The Activist’s Media Handbook

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  - Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. - noon - Topic Sessions

Human Rights Advocacy and Strategic Communication

  • Erica Gaston, Ph.D., Head of Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace Programme, United Nations University 

Advocating for Freedom & Choice

  • Ashley All ('23SPS), Kansans for Constitutional Freedom

Advancing Animal Welfare

  • Julie Hong ('12SPS), Sr Director, Communications Insights & Strategy, ASPCA

Ukraine's Influence Campaign

  • Jenn Counter ('19SPS), Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Vice President, Orbis Operations
  • Erik Skaggs, Messaging Strategist for Information Warfare, Political Campaigns and Commercial Marketing

Impacting Sustainable Fashion Through Communication

  • Nancy Rhodes, Founder & CEO, Alternew

noon - 1:15 p.m. - Complimentary Lunch Served

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Ethics Panel

Can We Make a Moral Metaverse?

  • Frank Oswald (‘10SPS) (moderator), Lecturer, Strategic Communication, Columbia University
  • Courtney D. Cogburn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work; Creator, "1000 Cut Journey"
  • Jason Dailey, Director, Head of Agency, Meta
  • Trishla Ostwal, Tech Policy Reporter, Adweek

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  - Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Leadership Development Sessions

Bringing Your Talents to a Nonprofit Board

  • Erin Connell, Director of BoardLead, Cause Strategy Partners

Pivoting to Public Service

  • Dave DeLuca ('11SPS), Director, Social Impact Partnerships, The Lede Company

Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Amber Arnold ('14SPS), Group VP, DEIJ & Corporate Reputation, MikeWorldWide

Leveraging Mentoring

  • Ruth Gotian, Ed.D., Chief Learning Officer, Weill Cornell Medicine; Author, The Success Factor 

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Student Presentations

Capstone Showcase & Top Projects

  • Lilian Ore, Ed.D. (MC), Lecturer, Strategic Communication, Columbia University

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Networking Cocktail Reception



For questions, please get in touch with Charlene Perilla-Iqbal (cp2746 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu).