Brian Lamb School of Communication

2019 Advisory Board


Kendra Bracken-Ferguson

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Brand Architects (DBA)

BA, 2002, Communication, Purdue University

Kendra is recognized as a force in the digital space, thanks in part to a career largely steeped in harnessing the power of emerging technology to drive innovative marketing and social media tactics.

Prior to co-founding DBA, she led Ralph Lauren's first dedicated global social media department, navigating brand management, marketing, advertising and public relations to spearhead a cohesive approach to the online space from the US to Japan.  This success highlights an ongoing career trajectory that includes the successful completion of a MBA and recognition for her work as the youngest Vice President ever at Fleishman-Hillard New York (where she was responsible for overseeing the digital consumer team and developing social media strategies for high profile global brands in fashion, consumer packaged goods, and technology). 

From helping to create one of the first Cingular and MySpace mobile music studios to leading her agency in launching the first social concierge program for a major fashion brand during New York Fashion Week, Kendra’s passion for bringing the best in branding to the digital space has been recognized by numerous industry leaders. In 2013, she was awarded by Purdue University College of Liberal Arts with the prestigious Emerging Voice Award. She was previously featured as one of the twenty-eight most influential African American women in Essence Magazine and Mobile Marketer's "Mobile Women to Watch.”


Christina L. Dolan

Director of Marketing, SW Regions and System Oncology

BS, 1988, Communication, Purdue University
MBA, 1997, Marketing, Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business

In her current professional role as Marketing Director for SW Regions and System Oncology in Florida, Christina leads the strategic development and tactical execution of multi-faceted marketing programs for four Florida Hospital campuses in the Central Region South West market and the Florida Hospital tri-county system-wide oncology program.  Formerly she worked in a variety of marketing and advertising roles, most recently as an executive consultant with her own firm, Dolan Consulting Services. Previously, she was Senior Vice President at Moxie (formerly Engauge). She also has worked at Robinson, Yesawich & Pepperdine, DDB Needham Worldwide, Young and Rubicam, and the Walt Disney Company. Christina serves as an Advisory Board Member for St. James Catholic School and is Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. 


Kathleen Henson

Founder and CEO, Agency H5

BS, 1984, Communication, Purdue University

For more than two decades, Kathleen Henson has enjoyed a diverse career in public relations and communications, working with some of the country's most recognizable companies and brands. With unequaled energy, charisma, and drive, Kathleen expertly and instinctually connects people, events and ideas to create big media moments that generate impactful, lasting buzz. Owner of her own PR firm with headquarters overlooking the iconic Chicago River, Kathleen is constantly growing her infinite, personal arsenal of contacts, which reaches deep into America's top newsrooms all the way to Hollywood's elite - to tell her clients' stories. 

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Purdue University and former senior leader at Edelman, the nation's leading independent PR firm, Kathleen has worked in public relations and marketing with some of the country's most recognizable companies and brands. She started Henson Consulting (HC) in 2001 to reinvent the modern agency and to provide clients with strategic counsel, unparalleled creativity, and tangible results. HC offers a broad range of consumer marketing and corporate communications support to a wide variety of international, national and Midwest-based clients. Over the years, the firm has worked with blue-chip clients including Kraft-Heinz Food, Mariano's, The Pampered Chef, Sears, Lands' End, Hard Rock Hotels, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Coldwell Banker, The Chicago White Sox, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Allstate and the Allstate Foundation and the U.S. Pistachio industry, among more than 100 others. 

In January 2018, Henson rebranded Henson Consulting as Agency H5. The name change reflects the company’s evolution from a traditional public relations firm into a fully integrated marketing agency and the strength of a team that is “one of a KIND."



Current Headshot of Josh MilesJosh Miles

CMO, SMPS

BA 1999, Communication, Purdue University

Josh Miles is a brand-obsessed CMO, keynote speaker and caffeine addict focused on helping others make their creative obsessions their profession.

Josh is the Chief Marketing Officer for SMPS, a professional association of A/E/C marketers and business developers, and author of Bold Brand 2.0.

Josh is a national speaker, TEDx presenter, and hosts Obsessed Show and PSM.Show.

Josh Miles and his now-wife are pictured together during their time as students as Purdue.Josh is an advisory board member of the Purdue University Lamb School of Communication and was awarded the 2016 Emerging Voice Award.

One of Josh's favorite memories of his time at Purdue as a student is competing in the Mom's Weekend U-Sing competition, where he met his wife (pictured).

 

 

 


Brian Lamb

Executive Chairman, C-SPAN

Ex Officio Board Member

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