Albers School of Business and Economics


Dan McConnell

President and Chief Strategist

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Company Description

DMCPR is an internationally-recognized communications consultantcy, specializing in effective communications strategies, difficult crisis communications problems and experienced storytelling. CEO Dan McConnell works on the cutting edge of strategic communications and new media and his programs are perennial winners of major industry awards from the national public relations society’s Silver Anvil to American television’s national Emmy Award.

Job Description

Dan provides communications strategies and media coaching for a select group of global clients while continuing to consult for DDB Worldwide, after almost 20 years as Senior Vice President, Managing Director of DDB Public Relations. As a member of the company’s Integrated Solutions Group, he was responsible for providing communications strategies to the advertising giant’s 206 offices in 99 countries. Dan lead a host of award-winning teams on premium accounts such as State Farm Insurance, Citibank USA, Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Cirque du Soleil, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the America’s Cup sailing races and World Cup Soccer.

Employment History

Career includes experience as a newspaper correspondent, television news producer, and corporate investor relations and public relations director. He has counseled countless national and international companies and organizations, sports and media stars, two Presidents and the Dalai Lama throughout his celebrated career. His crisis communications programs have been recognized internationally and his relationships with the news media have made him a much sought after media coach and trainer. He is a pioneer in defining and refining storytelling as the most effective method of communicating business strategies and products. He has followed his clients across China to Mount Everest, to the Arctic Circle and around the Seven Seas to tell their stories. In 2006, he received the ultimate honor from the Public Relations Society of America when he was presented its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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AB English and Journalism, Indiana University
MS Business, Indiana University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

We will meet on a monthly basis (or more frequently, if desired)and discuss current client activities as case studies.  Where appropriate, students will be invited to observe client interaction and events.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

A downtown Seattle location convenient to all.