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Seminarians

SEMINARIANS ARE THE ATTENDEES at our annual forum, The Seminar. They are a select group of the highest-ranking communications and public affairs executives currently working at the world’s most influential corporations, nonprofit organizations and public relations agencies. They attend The Seminar by invitation only.

   

Seminarians are a highly articulate group who enjoy a spirited dialogue with colleagues.

The Seminar Committee

THE SEMINAR IS AN INFORMAL ORGANIZATION. No permanent staff. No corporate office. We exist through the volunteer efforts of our Seminarians. A Committee of about 30 Seminarians develops the program and the list of those invited, meeting regularly throughout the year. A modest “Blue Book” of guidelines, available to any Seminarian, passes from Committee to Committee each year. Committee members serve three-year terms. The Seminar has three officers: Chair, Program Chair and Secretary-Treasurer.

The Seminar Committee Chairs

DISTINGUISHED LEADERS HAVE SERVED as Committee Chairs of The Seminar throughout the decades. In the following list, each Committee Chair’s company affiliation is current to their time of service.

2015 Clay McConnell
Airbus Americas, Inc.

2014 Betty Hudson
National Geographic Society

2013 Gerard K. Meuchner
Henry Schein, Inc.

2012 Raymond C. Jordan
Johnson & Johnson

2011 Joan Wainwright
TE Connectivity

2010 Johanna Schneider
Business Roundtable

2009 Charlotte R. Otto
Procter & Gamble

2008 Stephen Johnson
Union Bank

2007 Jon C. Iwata
IBM

2006 Phyllis J. Piano
Amgen

2005 Michael J. O’Neill
American Express

2004 Diane B. Dixon
Avery Dennison

2003 David F. Demarest
Visa International

2002 Nicholas J. Ashooh
American Electric Power

2001 Howard Paster
Hill & Knowlton

2000  John T. Wooster
AIG

1999 Elliot S. Schreiber
Nortel Networks

1998 Willard D. Nielsen
Johnson & Johnson

1997 Marilyn Laurie
AT&T

1996 Edward C. MacEwen
GTE

1995 Grant N. Horne
Pacific Gas & Electric

1994 Joyce Hergenhan
General Electric

1993 Stephen J. Kay
Empire BlueCross BlueShield

1992 Barry F. Wiksten
CIGNA

1991 Ronald E. Rhody
Bank of America

1990 David J. Metz
Eastman Kodak

1989 David A. Fausch
Gillette

1988 Thomas J. Fay
Aetna

1987 Mardie MacKimm
Kraft

1986 Wayman B. Jones
Grumman

1985 Frank E. Davis, Jr.
Koppers Company

1984 Harold Burson
Burson-Marsteller

1983 Thomas E. Burke
Thomas E. Burke Company

1982 Richard R. Mau
Rockwell International

1981 Robert V. Guelich
Montgomery Ward

1980 William A. Durbin
Hill & Knowlton

1979 William H. Shepard
ALCOA

1978 Robert L Fegley
General Electric

1977 Richard A. Aszling
General Foods

1976 William Lydgate
Earl Newsome & Company

1975 Thomas W. Stephenson
DuPont

1974 Ellis N. Brandt
Dow Chemical

1973 John J. Verstraete
3M

1972 William W. Weston
Sun Oil

 

1971 George A. Lawrence
Exxon

1970 George A. Lawrence
Exxon

1969 Ruddick C. Lawrence
Conoco

1968 Dan J. Forrestal
Monsanto

1967 Glenn Perry
DuPont

1966 John D. Paulus
Allegheny Ludlum

1965 George W. Griffin, Jr.
GTE

1964 Arthur Smith, Jr.
Dow Chemical

1963 John K. Murphy
Pennsylvania Railroad

1962 John L. Fleming
ALCOA

1961 Walter G. Barlow
Opinion Research

1960 Phelps H. Adams
U.S. Steel

1959 Thomas F. Robertson
Eastman Kodak

1958 Dale S. McFeatters
Westinghouse

1957 Bruce Watson
General Foods

1956 Emery N. Cleaves
Celanese

1955 Holcombe Parkes
National Association of Manufacturers

1954  Claude Robinson
Opinion Research

1953 George H. Freyermuth
Exxon

1952 E.S. Bowerfind
Republic Steel


2015 The Seminar Committee


CHAIR

Clay McConnell
Airbus Americas, Inc.

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS

Jane Randel

David F. Demarest
Stanford University

SECRETARY-TREASURER

C. Clarkson Hine
Beam Suntory Inc.

 

COMMITTEE

Kathryn Beiser
Hilton Worldwide

Paul Bergevin
Intel

Catherine Blades
Aflac

Michael Busselen

Barry Caldwell
Waste Management, Inc.

Christa Carone
Fidelity Investments

Daniel Collins
Corning Incorporated

Julie Craven
Hormel Food Corporation

Ray Day
Ford Motor Company

Christine Heenan
Harvard University

William (Bill) Heyman
Heyman Associates, Inc.

Betty Hudson
National Geographic Society

Brett Jewkes
NASCAR

Raymond C. Jordan
Amgen Inc.

Lindsey Kozberg
California Strategies

Kelly McGinnis
Levi Strauss & Co.

Gerard K. Meuchner
Henry Schein, Inc.

Michael J. O’Neill
American Express Company

Johanna Schneider

Mike Schoenfeld
Duke University

David T. Senay
FleishmanHillard

Jake Siewert
Goldman Sachs

Aaron Sherinian
The United Nations Foundation

Oscar Suris
Wells Fargo

Mónica Talán
Univision Communications Inc.

Karen Van Bergen
Porter Novelli

Luca Virginio
Barilla

Joan Wainwright
TE Connectivity

Charlene Wheeless
Bechtel Corporation