On Friday May 3 Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership honored Dr. Guanpeng (Steven) Dong with the 2019 Logos Institute Outstanding Leader Award.
Dr. Dong is an accomplished strategic communicator, crisis advisor, educator, and philanthropist with a multinational presence; he is presently the Provost of Communication University of China in Beijing, the leading school that prepares journalists, PR practitioners, graphic designers, documentary filmmakers, and marketers in China. At the school he is also Chair and Professor of Media and Public Affairs for the Faculty of Professional Studies and Executive Education. He is also a public relations advisor to the senior-most government officials in the Chinese government as one of the official advisors for transparent governance, strategic communications and crisis management for the State Council Ministries.
He is Vice Chair of the China Public Relations Association (the Chair is a professional party functionary). He is also Deputy Chair of Communication and Education of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, the industry association of the largest companies in China, including Alibaba and Tencent, among others.
The celebratory day began with a panel discussion with Dr. Dong, moderated by Logos institute president Helio Fred Garcia, in the public relations and corporate communication Master’s program at New York University, about the public relations industry development and career opportunities in China. The award reception was held in the evening at the Logos Institute where more than 40 guests came to honor Dr. Dong.
Helio Fred Garcia and Dr. Dong have been friends since 2011. In 2015, Dr. Dong invited Helio Fred Garcia to teach strategic communication in Tsinghua University through its Institute for Strategic Communication and Public Relations, of which Dr. Dong was a founding direcetor. In 2015 Dr. Dong, who had moved to Communication University in China, invited Fred to speak as part of his The Power of Communication Chinese edition book tour in China. Fred has been a Senior Fellow of Communication University of China since 2015
With this week’s reunion, Dr. Dong and Logos Institute are both excited about the potential opportunities to collaborate in the future in terms of joint book publishing and teaching between Logos institute and Communication University of China.
The Outstanding Leader Award is a recognition of excellence among senior professionals in the strategic communication who embody three things: he Award recognizes leaders who embody three things:
- 1Consequential professional achievement that sets the standard for other leaders to aspire to;
- That they have used strategic communication or public relations to change the world;
- That they have inspired and empowered the next generation of leaders through teaching, mentoring, for their advocacy on behalf of others.
The first Outstanding Leader Award was given to James E. Lukaszewski, “America’s Crisis Guru”®. Jim Lukaszewski, President and Chairman of the Board of The Lukaszewski Group Inc., is a highly regarded leader in crisis management and strategic communication.
A video of the ceremony presenting Dr. Dong with the award is below: