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A recognized leader in the area of strategic employee communications and workplace performance enhancement, Maril MacDonald's specialization is one that seems prescient, given many global PR firms' recent attention to these areas. Working with such clients as Accenture, Baxter Healthcare, and United Airlines, MacDonald and her firm have provided assistance that makes them an indispensable part of their clients' strategy going forward. Such client relationships will likely prove useful as the PR industry braces for the effects of the latest economic turmoil. Because of its specialty, Gagen MacDonald is well positioned to weather any potential storms. MacDonald is also a high-profile figure in Chicago, as well as within the industry. She was recently re-elected as chair of the Arthur W. Page Society.