KOS 2017: Symposium Date Announced

The 27th annual Kenneth Owler Smith (KOS) Symposium will be held at the Wallis Annenberg Hall on Thursday, March 30, 2016. 

CPR Board Member Robert Gibbs, Chief Communications Officer and EVP of Corporate Relations at McDonald's, will deliver the keynote address on the "Future of Truth" at the 27th annual Kenneth Owler Smith (KOS) Symposium on March 30, 2017.

Before joining the executive team at McDonald's, Robert Gibbs was Press Secretary during President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, and served as a valued advisor to the President. His campaign experience includes key roles in Obama’s presidential campaigns and Senatorial campaign, as well as a number of Senate races throughout the country. In addition to this, Mr. Gibbs co-founded The Incite Agency and has also been a contributor to NBC News.

Mr. Gibbs' presentation will be followed by a networking reception and a panel discussion with industry leaders to discuss the findings revealed in the 2017 Global Communications Report. The panel will be moderated by Paul Holmes, founder of the Holmes Report.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum/ Auditorium

Please RSVP here.

The premier annual communications industry gathering will feature public relations industry luminaries, USC Annenberg faculty, and students and CPR Advisory Board members from top brands and agencies. At the event, we will unveil the results of the 2017 Global Communications Report which projects emerging trends shaping the future of the $14 billion PR/communications industry.

Click the video above for a peek at conversations we had at KOS 2016 with our Board members from Starbucks, MSLGROUP and Golin about the future of PR.     

Please view the gallery of photos from April 14, 2016 below:

2016 Kenneth Owler Smith Symposium