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Communicators’ Forum: Events

Upcoming Communicators' Forum:



With Bob BergDenise Gray-Felder and Rick Fitzgerald

March 12, 2015 • 8–10 a.m. • North Campus Research Complex, Buidling 18 (Dining Hall)

Session details:

Bad things happen.

It's how we respond in crisis—and knowing who to turn to for help—that can make all the difference.

Bring your questions and learn best practices in crisis communications from a panel of U-M and off-campus practitioners:

Bob Berg, principal in the Berg Muirhead and Associates public relations agency in Detroit. Berg Muirhead’s portfolio includes extensive public affairs and crisis communications work. Berg has worked for some of Detroit’s and the state’s leading politicians and has been called upon by many to get them through tough times.

Denise Gray-Felder, chief communications officer for the U-M Health System. Prior to returning to her alma mater last year, Gray-Felder spent 35 years working in communications in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently she was president and CEO of a New Jersey-based global nonprofit organization called the Communication for Social Change Consortium.

Rick Fitzgerald, U-M director of public affairs and internal communications. Before joining the U-M staff in 2009, he spent 34 years in the news business, much of it as an editor at The Ann Arbor News. Fitzgerald’s unit leads the university crisis communications efforts.

Morning refreshments will be served from 8–8:20 a.m. Presentation will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!



Yellow and blue parking lots are located directly in front of the building. There are also several guest parking spots. 

To get to the Dining Hall, enter through Building 18.




Specialty Sub-groups

Want to know more about a particular communications topic? Join one of the Communicators' Forum specialty sub-groups, led by marketing and creative professionals from around the University.

The sub-groups meet once a quarter, and allow you to connect with U-M employees with similar interests. You'll also get exposure into best practices on campus, and be able to share resources, strategies, and tactics with your colleagues.

There are five groups to choose from. Attend one, two, or all!


Presentations from Past Events

Did you miss an event? We’ve got you covered. You can now download a PDF of any of this year’s presentations. We’ve also included contact names for fellow communicators, which we hope you’ll take advantage of to connect with and tap into the vast and deep expertise that exists on our campus.