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October 17, 2011

Cheryl Procter-Rogers Receives 2011 Gold Anvil Award

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2011) — Cheryl Procter-Rogers, APR, Fellow PRSA, was awarded the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2011 Gold Anvil Award, the Society’s highest individual award. First awarded in 1948, the Gold Anvil is considered PRSA's lifetime achievement award and is presented to an individual whose work significantly advanced the profession and set high standards for those engaged in the practice of public relations. The award was presented to Procter-Rogers during the Monday General Session at the PRSA 2011 International Conference.
“This recognition is humbling, and is shared with so many who have been integral to any success I have enjoyed,” said Procter-Rogers. “As I reflect on what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished, who I’ve touched and who has touched me, I am inspired to do more, be more and give back to a profession that has given so much to me.”
With more than 30 years experience in the public relations arena, Procter-Rogers is senior consultant at A Step Ahead Public Relations, a Chicago-based firm. She develops and implements strategies, and counsels clients in the areas of crisis communications, integrated marketing communications, community relations and public affairs, strategic planning, special events planning, internal communications and media relations. She has worked with a variety of corporations and organizations in a number of business sectors. She served in management and executive positions for DePaul University, Home Box Office (HBO), Nielsen Marketing Research and Golden State Mutual Life. As a consultant, her clients have included Coca-Cola, Nissan, Allstate, McDonald’s, Sears, McCain Foods and Magellan Corporation.
“The work of Cheryl Procter-Rogers is a testament to the success of the public relations profession,” said Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA 2011 chair & CEO. “Procter-Rogers’ contributions to the public relations profession are celebrated by many of her peers and are recognized through this great honor.”
Procter-Rogers is a sought-after lecturer and motivational speaker to professionals and students throughout the United States on many subjects. Some of her past presentations include, “Strategic Risk Taking,” “Leadership,” “Work, Life, Balance,” “Career-Building Strategies,” and “Ethics, Diversity and Confirmation Bias.” She has authored many articles, contributed to several books, been featured in many publications, and is frequently quoted in the media on matters pertaining to the public relations industry.
“Cheryl Procter-Rogers is committed to excellence and integrity in all aspects of her career,” said James J. Roop, APR, Fellow PRSA. “Procter-Rogers has achieved much in the professional and academic areas of public relations, and is a role model for professionals in the field.”
In 2000, Procter-Rogers was the youngest member to be inducted into PRSA’s College of Fellows, and was one of the first African Americans to be inducted into the College. She also served as the PRSA 2006 president and chief executive officer. She received an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Ill., and a B.S. degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She also holds a number of professional certifications, including an E-Business Certificate from the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago, a professional designation in public relations from UCLA Extension and an APR Accreditation from PRSA.
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.
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