NEW YORK: Marilyn Laurie, a longtime communications exec at AT&T before she left in 1998, will be inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society Hall of Fame.
Laurie, the first woman to be inducted, will be the 18th member of the select group, which includes PR legends like Harold Burson, Chester Burger, Dan Edelman, and John Graham.
"The Page Society was set up to promulgate professional standards and the value of PR to an organization, and Marilyn has exemplified that," said Dave Drobis, chairman of Ketchum and president of the society.
Like Page himself, Laurie made her career at AT&T, where she became the highest-ranking woman in its history. She moved from being SVP of PR to EVP of brand strategy.
Since retiring from AT&T, Laurie has been president of Laurie Consulting in New York, where she continues to advise on brand strategy and PR.
"It's nice to get an award like this while you're still alive, Laurie quipped. "There could not be a greater honor than to be selected by your peers for an award that represents character and integrity. I was fortunate to work for AT&T at a time when we had an opportunity to change the world, and in many ways we did. It was a moment when communications, computers, and global networking fused."
Laurie's formal induction will take place at the society's annual conference, September 22-24 in Bolton Landing, NY.