Each year, the Arthur W. Page Center honors icons of public communications who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated a commitment to the concept of "truth well told." After a rigorous nomination process, the Center chooses three leaders who exemplify integrity in their craft and honor them with a Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication.
The event shines a light on ethical decision-making and raises funds for timely, innovative research by Page Center scholars. These scholars conduct research all over the world on a variety of vital topics, including corporate social responsibility, advocacy communications, fake news, digital media and much more. Hundreds of communications professionals and researchers attend the awards dinner each February in New York City.
Bill George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, a bestselling author and the former chief executive officer of Medtronic. He is known for teaching and exemplifying a leadership style that is authentic, thoughtful and ethical. George started his career as assistant to assistant secretary of defense for the U.S. Department of Defense. There, he also served as special assistant to secretary of Navy before moving to Litton Industries where he served as director of strategic planning and president of Litton Microwave Cooking. George accepted a role of president in 1989 and eventually became Medtronic, Inc.’s chief executive officer two years later. He led Medtronic for 10 years, building a reputation for demonstrating strong leadership and integrity. He has written several bestselling books including True North, Discover Your True North, Authentic Leadership and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.
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Prior to moderating the vice presidential debates in 2004, journalist Gwen Ifill had spent 23 years building her reputation as a knowledgeable, pioneering and ethical journalist. Thanks to her career-long commitment to the craft, few doubted her ability to be objective when she became the first African-American woman to moderate a VP debate. She would go on to host the 2008 debate as well. Between 1981 and 1994, she worked her way from the Baltimore Evening Sun to The Washington Post to The New York Times, where she covered the White House. She joined NBC as a Capitol Hill reporter in 1994 and moved to PBS in 1999, where she became the first African-American woman to host a national political talk show, Washington Week in Review. At PBS, she was a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Ifill died of cancer in 2016.
Watch PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff share stories and thoughts about Ifill.
John Onoda built a reputation of being a provocative, yet ethical leader in the corporate communications field. Onoda’s career began in 1977 as a journalist for the Omaha World-Herald. He switched to corporate communications leading departments at major companies such as Levi Strauss, General Motors, Visa USA and Charles Schwab. He then worked for FleishmanHillard as a senior consultant. In 2018, he joined the strategy execution firm Gagen MacDonald. Onoda founded Dozen Best books, a passion project fueled by his love of reading, in 2015.
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Over her 35-year career, Ann Barkelew has gained experience in public, private and international sectors. Today, she remains a prominent leader in the corporate public relations world with a commitment to maintaining integrity in all aspects of her work. She is the founding general manager of the Minnesota office of FleishmanHillard, a global public relations firm. Barkelew was vice president of corporate public relations for the Dayton Hudson Corporation from 1981 to 1994 where she supervised all internal and external communication. Before her time at Dayton Hudson, she established a new corporate program as the vice president of corporate affairs for Munsingwear, Inc. She also served as the chief public relations officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Listen to Barkelew share her thoughts about making connections and the role of integrity in public relations.
Dick Martin is the former executive vice president of public relations for AT&T and chairman of the AT&T Foundation. He has written several books, many on ethics in the industry, including “Tough Calls: AT&T and the Hard Lessons Learned from the Telecom Wars” and “OtherWise: The Wisdom You Need to Succeed in a Diverse and Divisive World.” He has also co-authored other books and has published articles in such publications as the Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive and the Journal of Business Strategy.
Listen to Martin share his thoughts about integrity and the importance of media literacy.
As chief content officer, Alan Murray oversees editorial policies and standards at Time Inc. He is responsible for the media company’s commitment to quality journalism and storytelling. Murray also serves as editor-in-chief of Fortune magazine, where he oversees print and digital operations. Before joining Time Inc., Murray was president of the Pew Research Center and spent two decades at the Wall Street Journal in positions that included deputy managing editor and executive editor, online. Murray has also authored four books, including “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management” and “Showdown at Gucci Gulch.”
Listen to Murray share his thoughts about truth and the role of journalism in the modern era.