Northwest Arkansas ASTD Chapter Meeting: Communication Panel

July 14, 2009 Northwest Arkansas ASTD Chapter Meeting: Communication Panel

Location: NWACC: The Shewmaker Center                 Time: 10:45a.m.–1:00p.m.

Our panel will consist of:

Heather Ellington, is an account supervisor with Mitchell Communications Group. Heather manages strategic communications for Fortune 100 clients in the retail and food industries including media relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She has more than 15 years experience in the business and non-profit sectors providing communications counsel. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, team development, philanthropy, facilitation and training and board development. Her clients include Wal-Mart Public Relations and Brand Reputation, Wal-Mart Corporate Communications, Sam’s Club and Tyson Foods.
Patricia Amason (PhD., Purdue University, 1993) is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas, where she teaches courses in interpersonal, family, health, and small group communication. Her research focuses on the provision of social support in interpersonal relationships, communication skills training and development, and quality of work life issues. She is published in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Studies, Communication Yearbook 10, Southern Communication Journal, Sex Roles, Health Communication, and Journal of Family Communication. Currently, she is exploring the interface of communication and safer sex practices, the role communication plays in coping with family crises, and the communication behaviors enacted by health care providers as members of cancer patients’ social support networks.   
Myria Allen (Ph. D., University of Kentucky, 1988) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is the author of over 30 journal articles as well as numerous conference papers, case studies, and book chapters. Her primary interest areas include management issues related to the information technology workforce, gender dynamics in the workplace, and organizational communication. She serves on the editorial board of three national journals. She has conducted research or consulted in a variety of for-profit organizations including Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport, and Unilever.       

DeAnna Hutchins, began her career in human resources 11 years ago where she specialized in benefits administration, new employee orientation and recruiting.  She dabbled in the training aspects of human resources early on and moved full time in to this area after obtaining her Master’s degree in Adult Education.  While working for a non-profit ministry in Little Rock, she was in charge of all of the internal communications.  She comes to us from UAMS where she became experienced in management coaching, leadership development and communications/soft skill training.   DeAnna is certified in the Birkman behavioral assessment and enjoys consulting with work groups to help them be more productive through their communication efforts.  She is now the Training Coordinator for BNSF Logistics where she manages all corporate training.

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