On Thursday, November 16th, Logos Institute for Crisis Management & Executive Leadership gathered with nearly 50 communication industry guests to celebrate James E. Lukaszewski, “America’s Crisis Guru”®, as he was honored as the inaugural, 2017 recipient of the Logos Institute for Crisis Management & Executive Leadership Outstanding Leader Award.
The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes established industry professionals for their consequential professional achievements that set the aspirational standard for others, and the recipient’s excellence in the use of strategic communication to achieve professional or business objectives with substantial and positive results. Recipients also possess the impressive ability to inspire and empower others through their status as role models, trusted advisors, and visionaries.
Jim Lukaszewski, President and Chairman of the Board of The Lukaszewski Group Inc., is a highly regarded leader in crisis management and strategic communication. For more than four decades he’s helped senior leaders facing crisis get through challenges with focus, ethics, and decisive action. In addition to being an advisor to those “at the top,” Jim has dedicated much of his career to sharing his wisdom and time with students and young professionals only starting their careers. He remains, in fact, a mentor to Logos President Helio Fred Garcia, and inspired much of what developed to be the Logos Method. With 13 books and hundreds of articles and monographs authored, his mentorship and leadership influence have easily touched many thousands.
(James E. Lukaszewski, 2017 Outstanding Leader Award recipient)
Jim began his illustrious career working as the assistant press secretary to the governor of Minnesota, then as deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Economic Development, before starting his first crisis management firm in 1978 with the help of his wife Barbara; the firm was acquired by a larger PR firm five years later. In 1986, Jim moved to New York to work as a crisis consultant under the tutelage of Chester Burger, a mentee of Edward L. Bernays, also known as the Father of Public Relations. “One of the greatest talents Jim has is that he knows how to listen; that is hard to do when you know the answer,” said Burger ( Barnes, 2009, Living Legends in Public Relations).
(President of Logos Consulting Group Helio Fred Garcia presenting the award to James E. Lukaszewski)
Ever dedicated to his clients and the industry, Jim served for 22 years on the Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) and became its first Emeritus member. His list of recognitions is long and the gratitude of clients and mentees is deep.
“The reason I do what I do is simple,” says Jim. “I want to have an important, constructive impact on the lives of people and organizations I help. My ultimate goal in working with other PR professionals or staff members is to help them learn to have happier, successful, and more important and influential lives” ( Barnes, 2009, Living Legends in Public Relations).
Please join us in honoring Jim for his distinguished service and achievement.
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