40 Under 40 2020 | Kelly Jankowski, MSL, 38

40 Under 40 2020 | Kelly Jankowski, MSL, 38

Never mind the frying pan; at the start of her career, Kelly Jankowski, MD of MSL’s corporate practice, jumped directly into the fire as a PR specialist for Duke University in the middle of the lacrosse players controversy.

In addition to helping shape the university’s messaging around the scandal, she also managed Duke’s first digital admissions program, pumping up the yield rate.

After working at Duke, it was on to Edelman for a three-year stint followed by a global marketing and business development consultant role at industrial giant Dupont, where she identified a new market segment in biorefineries.

Edelman lured Jankowski back, however, and once there she became a founding member of the agency’s financial services practice and managed conference engagement for Davos, Aspen Institute and the Milken Institute. A point of pride for Jankowski was the relationships she nurtured between the Milken Institute, Facebook and LinkedIn. Along the way, she helped eight CEOs and 30 executives in a variety of sectors raise their digital visibility.

Jankowski left Edelman last September to become MD of MSL’s corporate practice, a move that underlines her belief that corporate reputation is not window dressing but instead lies at the core of what a company does.

Jankowski’s MSL work encompasses clients including clients Gilead Sciences, HCA Healthcare and Guardian Life. Account wins include Deloitte Consulting and Mars Veterinary Health.

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