NEW YORK (Oct. 8, 2017) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) presented Louis Capozzi, APR, Fellow PRSA, with its Gold Anvil Award, the Society’s highest individual award and considered to be the Society’s lifetime achievement award. The award was presented at the PRSA 2017 International Conference on Oct. 8, in Boston, during the General Session.
A global leader in the public relations industry for more than 40 years, Capozzi has consistently demonstrated his expertise in virtually all areas of communications at a variety of leading PR firms and multinational corporations. He currently teaches in the master’s degree program in strategic communications at the University of Oregon.
“As a new board member, I was able to see Lou’s work firsthand on the PRSA Foundation board. His passion and commitment are to be admired,” said PRSA National Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA. “PRSA has benefitted from his leadership in many ways.”
As president of the PRSA Foundation for three years, he worked to drive diversity in the PR profession. He raised more than a million dollars, and built partnerships with universities and other professional and academic organizations, creating programs to attract more African-American and Hispanic students to careers in PR. He is an Accredited PRSA member, a Fellow, a member of its Counselors Academy and a past board member of the Institute for Public Relations.
Capozzi also serves on several industry and nonprofit boards. He is past chairman of the Council of Public Relations Firms, and past president of The International Council of Communications Organizations (ICCO).
He is the co-author of two books: “Public Relations for the Public Good – How PR has shaped America’s Social Movements,” with Shelley Spector; and “Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media,” with Susan Rucci; and the author of numerous professional articles.
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